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A new ad for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom confirms that a boss from the original The Legend of Zelda is returning in the highly anticipated sequel, and the trailer even teases that there might be multiple variants of this enemy.
We first got a look at a three-headed dragon during the final moments of Nintendo’s bombastic final trailer for Tears of the Kingdom earlier this month. Fans speculated at the time that this was Gleeok, a recurring multiheaded dragon boss that first appeared in the original The Legend of Zelda, but has only made a couple of appearances since. These suspicions were confirmed today when Nintendo released the new You Can Do What?! ad for Tears of the Kingdom.
While the trailer’s main purpose is to emphasize the endless amount of possibilities players have when completing a challenge, it also includes a quick snippet of gameplay featuring Link fighting that dragon enemy from the last trailer. Its name is Flame Gleeok.
On a surface level, it’s great to see that Tears of the Kingdom is delivering somewhat of a deep cut with this enemy, as we haven’t seen Gleeok in a Zelda game since The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. More notable, though, is its name. As Twitter user Stealth40K points out, this naming scheme seems to suggest that players will be able to encounter Gleeoks with different elemental types in Tears of the Kingdom’s vast open world. Don’t be surprised if you’re also fighting dragons that can spout lighting and ice when this game finally drops next month.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on May 12.
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Tomas Franzese is a Staff Writer at Digital Trends, where he reports on and reviews the latest releases and exciting developments within the video game industry. A graduate of Old Dominion University, Tomas joined Digital Trends in 2022. Before that, he was a Video Game News Writer at Inverse and News Editor at DualShockers, where he supervised and edited the website’s news coverage.
10 minutes of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay is coming. Here’s how to watch it
After years of trailers that only tease bits and pieces of what we can expect from the next mainline Zelda game, Nintendo has announced a 10-minute deep dive into The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom hosted by Eiji Aonuma. As this gameplay presentation will likely feature the most info we’ve gotten about Tears of the Kingdom since its 2019 announcement, Nintendo fans will want to tune in. If you haven’t heard of this new gameplay video before or are just wondering when and where you should tune into it, we’ve rounded up all of that info here for you.
When is The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s gameplay presentation?
This gameplay showcase for Tears of the Kingdom will be released at 7 a.m. PT on March 28. The presentation will last “roughly 10 minutes,” according to Nintendo, and it should be available to watch for free afterward.
How to watch
This deep dive into Tears of the Kingdom gameplay will be released on Nintendo’s official YouTube channel. We’ll embed the video below once it is live. Of course, you can also expect an article highlighting any of the big reveals during the gameplay presentation here on Digital Trends.
What to expect
Nintendo will release 10 minutes of Tears of the Kingdom gameplay in a presentation hosted and narrated by Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda series. While the game was announced over three-and-a-half years ago and has received several trailers, we still don’t quite know how its moment-to-moment gameplay works and just how much it differs from Breath of the Wild.
As such, it seems like the main purpose of this presentation is to give players a clear idea of what to expect from Tears of the Kingdom ahead of its May 12 release on Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the floating islands in the sky that players can explore and the vehicles we saw Link controlling in the game’s last trailer. Regardless, this gameplay showcase is shaping up to be quite revealing and exciting.
Though the announcement only mentions gameplay, there’s always a chance we see some special edition hardware revealed at this too. A special Switch OLED model or Joy-cons designed around the game seem likely and we could see something like that here.
Before the Wii U eShop closes, pick up the best Zelda remaster ever
As we approach the final days of the Wii U’s life span with the impending eShop closure, I’ve been reflecting on my time with that system. Although it’s considered a low point for Nintendo, the Wii U and 3DS era was when I truly became a fan of the company, closely following every new announcement and release. I enjoyed many great Nintendo games on Wii U, like Super Mario 3D World and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Still, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is the Wii U game I still come back to the most.
Maybe it’s because I got the Wind Waker-themed Wii U that included the game as a pack-in, but I fell in love with the HD remaster. Not only did it show off the console’s power with gorgeous updated visuals, but it fixed a couple of issues with the original and used the system’s GamePad seamlessly. On top of that, it’s a charming and surprisingly bold game that still stands as one of the best games in the series 20 years after its North American release on GameCube.
Mina the Hollower is a pixel-perfect homage to Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Developer Yacht Club Games first made a name for itself with its indie hit Shovel Knight, an homage to classic 2D side-scrollers. Now, the studio is out to prove that lightning can strike twice with its next title, Mina the Hollower. Like Shovel Knight, it’s a bit of a throwback to an older era of games. This time, though, Yacht Club pays tribute to the Game Boy Color to create its own challenging riff on The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
I went hands-on with a demo of Mina the Hollower at this year’s Game Developers Conference and was pleased to see how well the idea works. The top-down adventure game about a burrowing mouse is a pixel-perfect throwback that’ll delight old-school Zelda fans. But, like Shovel Knight, it still puts a distinct spin on a classic idea to create something that feels modern and retro in the same breath.
During my demo, I had 15 minutes to wander through an overworld and dive into a dungeon. I immediately noticed that it looked and felt like a Game Boy title. Everything is rendered in perfect 8-bit visuals that have been carefully modernized without feeling out of step with history. It’s so faithful an homage that it feels like a long-lost game of the era.