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Lessons from Zelda’s history that echo over time

A squad of Princess Zelda and her champion.

A squad of Princess Zelda and her champion.
screenshot: Koei Tecmo / Nintendo

Each entry of Nintendo The Legend of Zelda The franchise is a separate story of the legendary princesses of Hero of Time and Hyrule fighting to keep the ultimate evil away. At the same time, all of the different games are combined as part of a larger, comprehensive story. Across multiple timelines and lifetimes For that central character.

Unlike Nintendo’s first party Zelda Games where time and space jumps are traditionally important enough tell us that the setting is intended to be seen as a “new” place, Koei Tecmo’s. Hyrule Warriors: The Age of Disaster Acts as a direct prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild It was set just 100 years before the 2017 title. Era of calamityFaithful to Dynasty warrior (Another Koei Tecmo hack and slasher) Has few roots and features Breath of the WildFocuses on exploration and puzzle solving.Instead, it details the history of adding impressive depth to quite a few. Breath of the WildFundamentally change the shape of the supporting role ZeldaFuture.

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Technically you don’t have to play Breath of the Wild To appreciate Era of calamityThe new game is littered with various references to its predecessor, adding weights and nuances to the plot only when they are available. Here, the always talkative Link is not yet a master sword-wielding mythical knight, but one of Hyrule’s thousands of soldiers is in the kingdom from attacks from all sorts of monsters and malicious figures like the Iga clan. I asked you to protect.

Hyrian, Bird Rito, Aquatic Zora, Heat Resistant Goron, and all-female Gerd, all generally aware of the existence of primitive evil that threatens their society, Era of calamity Zoom in on their shared historical points when each society is not yet fully united in the struggle to fend off the darkness.Rather than pushing Zelda himself into the background as the franchise often did in the past, the new story puts the princess in the middle of action as a playable character wielding her. Techno / Magical Shake Slate On the battlefield, in addition to giving her more relationships with the story of the game.

Zelda struggles to learn many of his father’s disappointments with King Rohm to master her own innate power to magically seal the darkness, and the king uses that power in their world. He puts undue pressure on his daughter because he sees it as the key to protecting her. Focus only on her research. There is little interaction between Rhoam and Zelda, but their interaction is Era of calamityThe most interesting dynamics of this particular incarnation of the obligation to protect the territory of Zelda, as it spotlights ways that were not her only passion. Here she is a researcher who believes that unraveling the truth about the past is essential to understanding the future, a reality that ROHM is struggling to understand.

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King Rohm interacts with a small Guardian.
screenshot: Koei Tecmo / Nintendo

Era of calamityThe story soon begins when allies like Zelda, Link, and Sheikh Puller embark on a journey across the land to fight the devil and seek help from many of the kingdom’s cultures in the upcoming war. It turns into one of the adventures. Meanwhile, Hyrian’s hero participates in a small time machine modeled on one of the following: Breath of the WildThe Giant Guardian, and even though she doesn’t know what it is, it has a keen interest in Zelda.

Like a seemingly short and simple game Era of calamity In short, not only cutscenes and transitions, but also the way different characters fight and move on the map, it’s packed with an amazing amount of world building and folklore. Breath of the Wild The impression that each of the four legendary champions who controlled one of the mechanical beasts is part of a long-established line of pilots from their respective cultures who stepped up to missions when time was needed. Gave you.But Era of calamity Instead, there is a discord between several different groups, unraveling the more complex history that each Zelda champion has to do, whether destined for greatness or not. learn Before they become proud heroes.

There is a lot of focus on fate, Era of calamity Very noteworthy is the fact that all the heroes in the game are trained and have become a more skilled version of themselves.In most cases Zelda It’s no wonder that the game is the link chosen to save the world, Era of calamity It reminds me repeatedly that failure is not just an option. Failure should happen here. Breath of the Wild Opens after Zelda and the Champion lose to Calamity Ganon.

Relative absence of disaster Ganon Era of calamityThe first chapter of is one of the first interesting things about the game that shows a major plot twist that evolves as you deepen your understanding of the story, presented by Astor, a Yiga-related magician who acts as a new major adversary. Will be done. Through Astor, the game deepens the history of the clan by detailing how it was founded by Sheikh’s separatists, who regarded it as an admirer of the power of Calamity Ganon.The deeper you go into the endgame, the more the story seems to be intended to culminate in the final battle with Astor, who will win before the next battle with Calamity Ganon, who is going to lose to get things in order. Looks like Breath of the WildEvent will start.

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DARC, Link, Mifa, Zelda and Rivali travel through the Korok Forest.
screenshot: Koei Tecmo / Nintendo

But Era of calamity Bring out a pretty impressive sleight of hand by renting a page from Russo Brothers Handbook We will start time travel that will change the world a little. When the former champions Urbosa, DARC, Rivali, and Mifa were all saved from Calamity Ganon by Sidon, Yunovo, Riju, and Teva, the ability of the little guardian to create a portal that links different points and spaces is a story. It will be an important part.Descendants of their space-time first introduced Breath of the Wild. By connecting future champions with their ancestors, little guardians can radically change the course of history. Combined with the link, Zelda can properly seal Calamity Ganon, the act of dividing the timeline. It creates new possibilities for the future.

There are not so many events Breath of the Wild It didn’t happen anymore, but rather they no longer defined: The Legend of Zelda as a whole.for example Era of calamity At first it just looks like a supplementary title, but in the end it turns out that the game is very likely to be the basis for Nintendo’s future. Breath of the Wild A sequel in which the studio closed its mouth tightly.If Era of calamityThe next chapter of Hyrule is not about Link traveling Hyrule in the only quest to save the world, but familiar with another kind of hero who is using their skills to fight Ganon. It may tell a fresh story, but it remains gone, but for a very long time.


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