Courtesy of Nintendo of America, this beauty was unveiled for everyone today. This latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds seriously gave me goosebumps. Lately, I’ve just been pretty excited for it, being a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda games, but Nintendo just signed, sealed, and delivered a beautiful love letter to the fans of the series. Up until now, we have been introduced to the newest mechanics in the game, but the details of the game’s plot have been mostly kept under wraps. The latest trailer addresses the story with a fervor that just exudes the mystery and wonder that made these games so popular and memorable from the beginning. There’s only so much that the clips reveal, but I think I have an idea of what this upcoming title’s plot will be about, and, if I’m correct, it’s incredible.
Right away, it is shown that Link has been transported to a new world not unlike his own, but this one is dark, grim, and presumably deadlier; Link has left the land of Hyrule and entered the land of Lorule (get it?). Similar to the Dark World in A Link to the Past, Lorule is essentially the dark parallel version of Hyrule, complete with its own counterpart princess by the name of Hilda. A villainess is also revealed as someone who sort of resembles a female version of Ganon. From the events of the trailer, I’m assuming that Hilda has hired this witch to capture Zelda from Hyrule. Since there is only one Hero of Time, Lorule has been left at the mercy of dark forces while Hyrule has thrived under the protection of the gods, so Link’s help is now being sought perhaps for vengeance or repentance.
Throughout the trailer a couple of other details are shown, including what looks like the capture of someone who resembles Nayru, the Oracle of Ages, one of the goddesses that created Hyrule, according to the Legend of Zelda mythology. It looks to me as if the inhabitants of Lorule may have grown to detest the goddesses for nurturing the brighter, and much more well known, land of Hyrule. If the witch villainess’ motive is to seek revenge against the goddesses for being wronged and neglected for so many years, she would undoubtedly be one of the best antagonists the series has ever seen, as her character would play on sympathy and vengeance.
With the assumption that, at first, Hilda hired this witch to contact and subsequently receive help from Link, it seems like the witch has then taken matters into her own hands going so far as to capturing the mortal bodies of the goddesses as well. With the situation out of Hilda’s hands, it’s all down to the Hero of Time to restore order to two worlds, grazing the concept of defying fate as predetermined by the goddesses. Then, there is one short moment in the trailer where Link faces a giant shadowy figure with large glowing red eyes. I won’t think too much of it just yet as it could be a nightmare or a vision of some kind, but it could mean the possibility of the return of Ganon, which wouldn’t be a very big surprise for the series anyway. Still, when looking at all the plot’s elements as a whole, as Link, you will now be encountering that struggle of justice, and that’s a narrative that hasn’t been explored very much in the Legend of Zelda series yet.
Honestly, I was not expecting such an interesting plot for this title. I think that’s an important lesson for everyone to always remember to never underestimate a handheld title. For the first time in a years, Link has to cross between and protect two separate worlds. The weight of this burden delivers an energy to the Legend of Zelda series that I haven’t felt in a long time. The hero’s motive is no longer simply doing what is blatantly right (save the princess, rescue the day), but there are more mature elements at play here.
With a plot that seems particularly sophisticated in spite of its simple, and pretty damn cute, graphics and a revamped gameplay format, I am almost certain that A Link Between Worlds will be yet another powerful first-party title for the 3DS and one of the most open, fresh, epic, and memorable Legend of Zelda titles to date.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on November 22nd, 2013 and later released in Japan on December 26th, 2013. You can pre-order your copy right here.