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Nintendo Unveils New Trailer and Details For The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Introducing Lorule and Hilda

As previously announced, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has just completed his developer presentation at this year's New York Comic Con, and the Nintendo of America Twitter account has shared some details online. While a video of the presentation will apparently be available soon, a new trailer and some intriguing new details have emerged.

More background has been given on the story, with information from the presentation outlining the name of the alternate world in the new title — it'll be called Lorule, and will have a Zelda-like figure called Hilda. It seems that the villain will be a new face as well, and the footage shown demonstrates a promising scope to both worlds.

We'll keep our eyes peeled for the full video of Aonuma's presentation, but in the meantime check out the concept art and trailer below; let us know what you think.

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Auracle said:

Lorule!? The Wonderful 101 saw the future!

But man, I am suddenly more interested in this game. That trailer brought back memories of countless hours put into ALttP. Can't wait for this one!



Toodles said:

This game just keeps looking better and better! It's got such a nice classic feel about it without crossing in the territory of being too rehash-y, from what I can tell.



Captain_Balko said:

MY GOD, THAT WAS AWESOME! Nintendo, I love you. I love you, I love you. I cannot wait for this, looks simply fantastic.



ninjapenguin1 said:

Nintendo is spoiling us...

But I think my favorite thing about this game so far is all the classic sound effects returning! NOSTALGIA FTW!



efaulk84 said:

I want to play the demo that has been at some press junkets. It would be nice to play this first before I buy, even though it is Zelda and I will buy it anyway.



Lalivero said:

Agree with the above comments; this can't come soon enough. Luckily X and a few other games will keep me distracted!



Neram said:

Looks great but can't help but get Giana Sisters vibes a bit. Still though, I can't wait.



Jellitoe said:

I am so turned of by this Zelda. To me it looks so unoriginal. Brings me memories of Minish Cap which I hate.
But that's me, I hope its a great game and you guys all enjoy it



cookiex said:

Lorule sounds like something you'd hear in a Zelda fanfiction, but the idea of a dark clone of Hyrule (down to its princess) is pretty intriguing.



WaveGhoul said:

Awesome! I loved the introduction and i still love the fact that Zelda is a silent hero. I also like how they improved the lighting as well. Looking pretty good for something that's running at 60fps while utlizing the 3D effect! This will be the first 'Nintendo' developed title to actually run in 60fps. My most hyped upcomming 3DS release by far. Nintendo gave us underwhelming 'early' trailers of SM3DWorld and ALBW, but their latest trailers have completely convinced me. Now i just need to get on Luigi's Mansion 2 in a couple of days here!

It's going to make me spook my pants.



Whopper744 said:

I do hope it's original enough to make it it's own game more than being too similar to A Link to The Past. Lorule kind of made me chuckle. I mean, HYrule...LOrule....anyway



Dreamcaster-X said:

@Trululu I was thinking the same thing!!!! There was a reference to Lorule in the Wonderful 101!!!

Trailer has me more excited now!! I'm very intrigued by the alternate world of Lorule which looks to serve as the alternate world from Link To The Past.



AdanVC said:

This looks fantastic!! What an awesome way to start the weekend. The addition of the new world, and this new characters makes me feel that this game would be loooong and I love that! November 22 would be such an epic day for Nintendo, with this game and Super Mario 3D World on the exact same day!



NintyMan said:

Looks great; it's really that simple. What bits of the story they give us is intriguing, and I've seen that evil witch before, but had no idea who she could be. This game will be a nice Christmas gift.



Volmun said:

Cant wate for this! It looks abslutly fantastic! Ik its highly unlikly but id love to have a 4 Sward mode in this aswell



SchamMan89 said:

I just don't know about this game. I like the painting mechanic. I like that it's trying a new, nonlinear structure. But is it getting rid of the item progression I love?

It's also retreading the same overworld, a severe disappointment. One of my favorite parts of every Zelda is checking out new locations. I like Link to the Past, but don't hold the same affection for it as others do. The art style doesn't seem to be up to snuff with the rest of the series, either.

Still, it's got a lot of potential. I'm excited to see what people think of it.



BertoFlyingFox said:

Well that looked great, I'll be well occupied till this and SM3DW releases. Another great nintendo trailer



tsm7 said:

I like the added portrait effect.
Pushing down the bridge is a cool mechanic too but I almost wish they didn't show it.



Sondheimist said:

Yep - this is the "killer app" that is finally going to get me to break down and buy a 3DS. "A Link to the Past" is my favorite game of all time, and that preview made me really nostalgic.



gamerphil07 said:

I was going to wait for this, but Nintendo probably punched my in the head. because I want this SO FREAKING BAD.



DerpSandwich said:

I honestly didn't think they were going to go so deep with the story on this one! ("It's on a handheld, which means we should strip it down and remove all elements of depth or story, derpy-doo!") Looks like I'll have to stop looking at stuff so I can be surprised.



HandheldGuru97 said:

Welp, if you weren't sold and this game before I hope you are now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait till my birthday (November 22!!!!!!) to get this!!!!!!!!!!!



luckybreak said:

The graphics look so uninspired.... I'm kinda disappointed. It looks like the story is really half baked and random. I generally am lukewarm about all handheld zelda games though...never quite the same as the console releases.



Capt_N said:

I've always noticed the Hy in Hyrule, & always thought about the word high. No, really, I have.I imagine that is Ganondorf's sister. Also, in a way, Nintendo has actually continued on the spirit of Majora's Mask on 3DS, as this, like that, is a parralell take on another Zelda title. Even more hilarious, is the fact that the game being paralleled is, in the way Nintendo developed, & released them, the direct predecessor to the other Zelda that was paralleled.

@luckybreak: I can give the game a pass on that, as long as the gameplay is good, or better, as that's what's important to me; the gameplay. I will say, however, I don't really like the graphics off-the-bat, & I may not ever like them; I may not ever get used to them, even.

I hope this has good, or more appreciated better gameplay, The nostalgia's nice, but I hope it is original, too. The first thought when I saw the above concept art for Hilda, was Palutena from KI. It's the character design, & staff.

I hope Nintendo releases a demo of this. I'm hoping I'll like it, & I imagine I will. I may mention to my family, the concept of preorder, to secure a copy, of what may be very popular this Christmas.



WingedSnagret said:

Hmm, so the antagonist (who looks like a gender-swapped Ganon) traps people in paintings... Is King Boo gonna be a secret boss?



HappyHappyist said:

so... the overworlds are called Hyrule (or "High-rule") and Lorule (or "Low-rule")... they put a lot of effort into that name...



Kirk said:

Still don't like the general artystle in this game...and not in the way some people didn't like Wind Waker when it was first shown.

It's not because it's "cartoony" or whatever but because the rendered look is dated and most of the textures look either weirdly plasticky and shiny or blurry.

I'm sure the game will be fine though.



zeldagaymer93 said:

I think the world is going to blow up on November 22.

A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D World, Xbox One, and Catching Fire all releasing on the same day! National Skip Work for Epicness Day?



WaveGhoul said:


Nintendo had to keep things simple and barren since it's running in 60fps in combination with stereoscopic 3D. I guess you could say it's suffering from the New Super Mario Bros. Syndrome style wise.



Kirk said:


Surprisingly I think even the New Super Mario Bros games look slightly nicer because at least they don't have that dated rendered look which is all slightly muddy looking or something. They do still have that plasticky look however.



Duffthemonkey said:

Awesome. I also love the names Hilda and Zelda ,reminds me of Sabrina the teenage witch haha.

But Is that a girl Gannondorf-like figure? I'm almost a little sad the Hilda figure isn't like the prince of that area instead of another princess that needs rescuing, but whatever, it still looks awesome.



Jukilum said:

I'll bet that witch is the Lorule version of Ganon. Maybe they'll call her Shanon.



AlbertoC said:

Hyrule and Lorule... As in Highrule and Lowrule?
Hilda and Zelda... As in Sabrina the teenager witch?
EDIT: Darn, Duffthemonkey beat me to it by FIFTEEN seconds...
EDIT2: For whoever is confused by the new names... The two above lines and the last seconds of the trailer should clear it up

Name analysis aside, i don't like the looks of this game. It looks sort of... plastified? IDK. And i haven't seen something truly ground breaking... But i'm liking the new gameplay mechanics so far. So this is still an average release in my book.

In reference to a certain pokemon incident... I need just TINY spoilers for convincing me this isn't going to be just another Zelda game. (Put down your pitchforks, "Every zelda game is the best zelda game" folks.) What the game will offer to me, aside from playing a Zelda game in 3D, that i haven't seen before?

I'm currently most hyped for the Wii U Zelda. Reading about breaking all Zelda conventions, aiming for uniqueness, and hoping for another Twilight-princess styled, HD game sounds better for me than this game.

Just my two cents.



DarkLloyd said:

This looks awesome, cant wait to play this, i hope they do a Themed 3DS XL for the game.

p.s, now im confuzzled on the whole is anybody zelda in there or what whos in there? lol



Chris720 said:

Quite a nice touch with the name of the alternate Hyrule. Lorule, that is actually pretty neat...

The old SFX are brilliant. The more of that the better, nothing beats a bit of nostalgia hitting the senses. The game looks really promising and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Between AC, Monster Hunter, Zelda and who knows what else I can safely say the 3DS will be used 24/7 next year.



Rezalack said:

I really wish they'd release A Link to the Past on the Wii U before they release this. I want to play that again.. It's been a LONG time.



MAN1AC said:

Lorule sounds weird to me. I kinda wish they chose different name.
This game looks great though. Definitely a must buy for 3DS owners.



Giygas_95 said:

Probably my most anticipated title of the year!

Anyway, so much for THAT Master Sword sleeping forever!



MrGawain said:

So if they'll be a female Ganon, and a Lorule Hilda to to Hyrule's Zelda, will we get an anti-Link?




Icefreak45 said:

@zeldagaymer93 Omg. Catching Fire comes out that day too?! Yep, end of world confirmed.

Nintendo's trailers lately have been amazing, can't wait for this one and the story is actually really intriguing.



HopeNForever said:

Lorule, huh? Nintendo sure are pulling out the puns in regards to these English names. On the other hand, there is something about this concept of dual-worlds that is similar to how the Twilight Realm was perceived in Twilight Princess, but then the precursor from the original A Link to the Past comes to mind. I'm interested in how the powers of the downward Triforce of Lorule differ to the familiar upward Triforce of Hyrule.

Additionally, the princess of Lorule is called Hilda, huh? Hilda and Zelda... these are like the names of both the Archie Comics character Sabrina Spellman's maternal aunts, which by the way are appearing in a brand new animated show that is debuting on Hub Network in the United States.



CrushdSheep said:

It looks to me that perhaps they panned the camera back a bit? This would be a great thing in my book, it always seemed a bit too zoomed in. Anyone else think so, or is it just me?



JaxonH said:

I disagree. Nintendo didn't make NSMBU barren or dated- the game was polished and looked marvelous! It was just a 2D side scroller, and 2D side scrollers can only look so good.

I think this game looks amazing. Have you not seen some of the other trailers? It looks much better than Ocarina of Time 3D, AND it's running full 60fps. It's better in every way, yet people accuse the game of being simplistic and dated? It's a 3DS game not PS4. Of course there will be limitations, but for a 3DS game, it looks great!



warlordovblood said:

If ganondorf and kefka somehow had a child it would look exactly like that villain! Ahem..anyways i'm really excited for this game. Nintendo is bringing out the big guns this holiday season.



WaveGhoul said:


I'm not talking about NSMB.U, i'm talking about the Wii Version. It's the equivalent of video game wallpaper. Especially when you compare it to something as visually dazzling and diverse as wario land shake it, even Klonoa along with RTDL, epic Yarn, DKCR ect. Looks pretty in spots, but it's playing it rather safe, most will agree! Either way, the platforming was top notch.

As for ALBW, it's actually looking pretty impressive, especially the lighting, again for a title that's pushing 60fps....Besides there's only so much you can do when that epic 3D effect is sucking twice the juice. Looks more impressive than the first trailer that's for sure. I've got no real complaints...I mean if this is how it looked running in 30fps then it would be a different story. Either way, I'd still fork the cash over because Nintendo doesn't funk around. this game will be Spookalicious muhahahaha



BlackStar9000 said:

@Jellitoe go sit in a corner, you're crazy if you dont like the minish cap and claim to be a fan of zelda, then again, maybe you are just a younger gamer and only care for the 3D Zelda titles. This is meant to be a indirect sequel to the SNES Zelda, it will appeal to fans of the original (like me) and bring in new players to the classic style of Zelda games (like my kids) BTW anyone think the new bad guy/girl favors a combo of Vaati, Ghirahim and Ganondork?



KingGanny said:

I would mention the names in more than passing, but others have done so. I noticed the pun immediately. Good heavens I love myself some puns. Thankfully Nintendo likes to provide them. A lot. The game is shaping up wonderfully. Though it is about at this point I start to tune out new info for it. I have learned all I feel I need to and a little bit more. So for now unless it doesn't spoil much I am going to be avoiding ALBW news for the next month and ten days. Wish me luck on that. Day one buy for me. Have it preordered from GameStop actually.



Emaan said:

I like how this game has come along in development.
The story seems like it could be interesting.



2steve said:

"Nintendo Unveils" love it when articles start off like that Nintendo is the best <3



Ralizah said:

The conspiracy is alive and well, I see.

The Nintendo conspiracy to separate us all from our money.

Villains. -_-



ToniK said:

Some of those effects will look awesome in 3D, like they did in Dream Team (Bros.)! Pre-ordered and can't wait. Handheld Zeldas rock!



Henmii said:

Lorule! I see what they did there!!

So it's basically about a new villain who has the power to merge into walls and turning people into paintings, including our beloved Zelda! And Link gets the same wallpainting power via a bracelet!



3MonthBeef said:

Princess Peach has Daisy as a clone
Only fitting Zelda would too. And what a perfect name, Hilda.
Bravo, Nintendo. B-R-A-V-O! I bought the 3DS specifically for this game and it looks like it will be well worth the investment.



Cia said:

Here are my two cents: Yuga, who is the antagonist of this game is not related to Ganon, but is another incarnation of Demise. Just like Ganon and (arguably) Malladus.



Genesaur said:

Whatever happened to "the Master Sword sleeps forever"? This screws everything up.



MeloMan said:

Paintings? Is King Boo the final boss?
I'm still thinking about the Majora's Mask connection... Could that antagonist be Majora? So many questions, I love when Zelda puts these mysteries out there.



Dpullam said:

This game is looking so incredible. I am very eager to play it this holiday season!



nik1470 said:

I would be hyped for this if I owned a 3DS instead I'll just have to stare longingly at it. Wish Nintendo would release upscaled versions of 3DS games on WiiU.I would pay full price for this!



m7md said:

WOW i love the new zelda game i can't wait am playing pokemon x right now it's 10 out of 10 and in nearly one month zelda thanks nintendo



Marshi said:

I only hope alttp is released on wiiu and 3ds vc before this game comes out. I shamefully never played too much of alttp and now am desperate to play it as this sequel looks incredible. Could genuinely be the best zelda yet, certainly the best handheld zelda at least



DarkNinja9 said:

yeah the name lorule is just makes you realize how silly the names can be >.< but eh i see how it gets our attention along with those old sound effects returning too not bad

i was wondering about the W101 reference thing too



Gamer83 said:

Mid-Nov. is going to be awesome. PS4 on the 15th then just a week later the Zelda game I've wanted since completing A Link to the Past about 20 years ago. I still can't believe this game is actually happening, really hyped up for it.

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