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The next installment of The Legend of Zelda promises to reach back to the franchise's roots and present a true open world experience without the nagging, guiding restrictions that point Link from one area to another on a preset path according to the story.  Nintendo's developers promise that if you see a location, you can travel there which is something we've heard before, but I really want to believe it this time.  Take a look at the trailer above which shows off a little taste of Zelda in high definition.  If the final game looks like detailed and delivers on its promises, we're in for a treat.

By the way, there's been some controversy over whether or not that is Link riding on horseback in that trailer.  Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma commented earlier in the week that he never said that was Link who appeared in the trailer leading to lots of fan speculation that the character was a female Link incarnation.  Personally, if Link had to be absent, I was hoping it was Link's kid we saw there and that the famed real hero was playing the supportive role this time around.  Today Aonuma clarified that it was, in fact, a male Link in the trailer, so rest assured that even through the Zelda formula is moving away from its Ocarina of Time roots, there's still some familiarity in there.  You can't have a Zelda game without Link.  The Legend of Zelda is due out in 2015 (probably for the holidays).

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