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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sounds

Thanks to sound programmer Shun Hayami, we have interesting insight into some of behind-the-scenes work that went into The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Hayami talked a good amount about working on the game’s sounds a little while back in a recruitment post on Nintendo’s website. We’ve since readied a full translation.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom art book

May 10: Nintendo is gearing up to release an official art book for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom known as the “Master Works”. It will be available on August 30, 2024.

The book has 464 pages of content, including various art, concept art from early stages of development, setting documents, storyboards, documents about the history of Hyrule, and a discussion about the game’s setting. Everything is spread out across three chapters covering the art, design materials, and story. It offers a behind the scenes look at the development of the game. It includes comments from the staff as well.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released exactly one year ago today on May 12, 2023, and to commemorate the occasion Nintendo have shared some new artwork of Link and Zelda via X.

Check out the new artwork below:

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom soundtrack

May 6: Nintendo Everything reader 3112 3112 has tipped us off about an official soundtrack release for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Based on leaked information, the album will be available in Japan at the end of July. Fans will be able to pick it up as either a standard version or limited edition. Japanese record label Columbia will be publishing.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom music interview

Masato Ohashi, one of the composers who worked on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, recently shared insight into the game’s music. Ohashi shared a number of thoughts as part of a post on Nintendo’s recruitment website.

Music can sometimes be straightforward in games, but that wasn’t the case in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Ohashi gave one example by highlighting the ascent to the flying ship in the sky, or the Wind Temple. The goal here was to “make music that rose in tension”, which meant starting with just a few instruments and increasing the number as players keep going up. It’s topped off with a climax and the team decided not to have any music at all when the sky clears.

Here’s our full translation:

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Link figma

Good Smile has revealed the release window and new photos for the upcoming Link figma based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and pre-orders also just opened.

The figure is set for launch in Q3 2025. It will come with a few different face places and optional parts. In terms of face plates, you’ll be getting the standard one, smiling, and shouting. Optional parts include the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, Hylian Hood, and more. Note that the Hylian Shield can be attached to Link’s back using dedicated attachment parts.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Link figma

Wonderful Hobby Life For You 38 is currently taking place, and it’s revealed a slew of figure news.

Looking at Nintendo products, new figmas are on the way for Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom with Zelda herself as well as Link and Ganondorf. Elsewhere, Eunie from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is getting her own figma as well. There are both brand new figures here as well as new looks at ones that were previously announced.

Here are some of the highlights:

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom icons

May 11: Just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom comes a new set of user icons on Nintendo Switch Online.

As usual, icons are available for characters, backgrounds, and frames. Most cost 10 Platinum Points on My Nintendo. However, the backgrounds and frames are 5 Platinum Points. If you redeem any icon any your Nintendo Switch Online subscription expires, the icons will still be yours to keep.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Mario Wonder GDC 2024

It’s been announced that during the 2024 Game Developers Conference, developers behind Super Mario Bros. Wonder and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be presenting talks.

The Zelda session is entitled “Tunes of the Kingdom: Evolving Physics and Sounds for ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’”. Technical director Takuhiro Dohta, lead physics programmer Takahiro Takayama, and lead sound engineer Junya Osada will “explore challenges their teams faced when approaching the popular sequel” and “will share insights on Link’s new abilities, composing Hyrule’s expanded sound design and music, and how these go hand-in-(Ultra)hand to create a new experience for players.”

Zelda Tears Kingdom Rauru seal shrines Lightroots

Hidemaro Fujibayashi and Eiji Aonuma, the director and producer of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, have shared interesting information regarding Rauru’s seal – including what it did to Ganondorf – as well as the shrines and Lightroots. This comes as part of a recent interview with Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream that we’ve translated.

We won’t go too much into a summary here as the interview goes into (light) spoilers, but we get to hear about what Rauru’s seal on Ganondorf actually was, the appearance of shrines and Lightroots, and more.

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