Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma took to YouTube today to show off some of Link's new abilities in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for the Nintendo Switch. Following on from Link's skills in Breath of the Wild, Link will now spend more time crafting weapons and vehicles thanks to his new power to combine objects. Fuse a weak tree branch with a standard boulder, for instance, and wield a mighty makeshift hammer. Combine logs with some wind emitters to create a basic boat. The whole thing has a very Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts vehicle creation vibe, but I trust Nintendo to do a better job with this gimmick. For those who dreaded climbing mountains in the previous game, Link can use his new Ascend power to skyrocket up through ceilings, allowing him to bypass climbing and just zip to the top of any surface provided he can get underneath it.
There's going to be so much to see and do in this sequel. Moreover, I can already hear the game hackers and modders out there gearing up to try and import Breath of the Wild's maps into Tears of the Kingdom's engine to attempt to mash these new powers into the previous game where they don't belong. That's a project for another day though. For now, let's continue to look forward to Tears when it launches in May 2023.