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New Zelda Game Finally Puts Zelda in the Lead Role

zelda: echoes of wisdom

Ever since The Legend of Zelda launched on Famicom Disk System in 1986, its title character has been relegated to a secondary role. That is, unless we count 1993 CD-i game Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. Maybe that’s best left undiscussed. Anyway, that’s all about to change with the reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom, a new top-down Zelda with a very Link’s Awakening remake visual style that’s coming to Nintendo Switch this year.

Nintendo released some footage for the game along with the announcement, with producer Eiji Aonuma taking some time to highlight the Echoes system that makes this one unique. Players will control Zelda as she attempts to save Hyrule from rifts that have taken away people and parts of the world, including Link. To do so she’ll use a special wand that lets her recall objects and living creatures and place them anywhere she likes as Echoes. Beds can be used as makeshift platforms, and enemies can even be placed to fight alongside you.

You can see some of how it works in the announcement trailer from today’s Nintendo Direct presentation below.

Here’s the full presentation, which includes a bunch of new titles, from the first Mario & Luigi game in nine years to our first glimpse of Metroid Prime 4 in action ahead of a 2025 launch.

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom hits Nintendo Switch on September 26, 2024.

Here’s how Nintendo describes it:

It’s up to Zelda and her wisdom to save the kingdom of Hyrule in a brand-new story in The Legend of Zelda series. The people of Hyrule are being stolen away by strange rifts that have appeared, with a certain swordsman among the missing. Team up with the mysterious fairy, Tri, and use the power of the Tri Rod to create echoes – imitations of things found in the environment. Then recreate those echoes whenever you like to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. Use echoes of water blocks to reach new heights, make bridges out of old beds, throw rocks at foes – or find your own creative combination of echoes to do things your way. You can even create echoes of monsters to fight at your side in combat. Join Zelda in her quest to rescue Hyrule when The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 26.

Source: Press Release