E3 2019: Triple Zelda – Breath Of The Wild 2, Link's Awakening, Cadence Of Hyrule

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  • Thursday, 13 Jun 2019

The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening brings a comprehensive update to one of the series' best games. — AFP Relaxnews

Nintendo covered three major additions to the Zelda" franchise at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo: a sequel to one of the best games of all time, 2017's The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, as well as a better look at September's remake of Link's Awakening and its incremental level creation system, and an almost immediate release for rhythm-based adventure Cadence Of Hyrule.

Ubisoft's homage to The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Gods And Monsters, had one day in the sun as a stand-in for the former's missing, much-wanted sequel.

It's a hybrid of the visual style and exploratory format of Breath Of The Wild while drawing on a familiarity with Ancient Greek mythology accumulated during the development for 2018 Ubisoft game Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

As it turns out, Switch players will be getting both Gods And Monsters as well as an official sequel to Nintendo's 2017 masterpiece, received as one of the best reviewed games of all time, and its follow-up announced through a brief 90-second teaser.

Still, there's no date for this second Breath Of The Wild game, and with Gods & Monsters arriving not just on Switch but also PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in February 2020, there's surely room for both.

Similarities between Link's Awakening and another franchise standout, 1991's A Link To The Past, are not coincidental, as it was at one point a handheld version of the latter becoming a fully fledged spin-off in its own right.

Debuting in 1993 on Game Boy, this Switch overhaul continues a practice of Zelda franchise remakes and remasters that began with 2011's Ocarina Of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS and now includes new versions of Wind Waker, Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess.

As with the Pokémon pair, a 30-minute gameplay video dives into the game, and Nintendo detailed a new addition for the remake.

Chamber Dungeons are created by players as they finish other areas of the game.

Every time they complete a major area, called a dungeon, they receive a new tile that they can then use to construct their own level. Players are expected to be able to share these created levels with friends, should they so choose.

Nintendo went further, showing more of a third Zelda game at E3, Cadence Of Hyrule.

It's is a collaboration with external indie studio Brace Yourself, responsible for a quirky and very well received musical action game called Crypt Of The NecroDancer.

Flush with creatures, characters and settings from the Zelda franchise, everything has to move to the beat of the music. It's NecroDancer remixed, with a joyful palette to match its bouncy soundtrack.

Revealed in March, the Switch exclusive was given a surprise and almost immediate E3 release date of June 13. – AFP Relaxnews

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