The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is going to let us explore Hyrule like never before on May 12, 2023. Nintendo may be building upon the foundations it established in Zelda: Breath of the Wild for this long-awaited sequel to one of the best Switch games, but the publisher is really celebrating 37 years of adventuring alongside Link and his friends. That's why Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is set to be truly Big in 2023 – and why we wanted to do something to celebrate.
As we countdown to Tears of the Kingdom, we are exploring the history and legacy of The Legend of Zelda. From its humble Famicom beginnings in 1986 to its bold 3D reinvention in Ocarina Of Time and the generation-defining Breath Of The Wild. Whether your first steps into Hyrule were through the 8-bit era or the expansive open world kingdoms we've explored in more recent installments, we've all had a shared experience. There's always a Link, a Zelda, and a great evil to overcome. That's what we'll be celebrating here with you in the weeks to come.
In this special series, GamesRadar+ has joined forces with its friends at Retro Gamer (opens in new tab) to dive into every The Legend of Zelda game, exploring what makes each of them so special and beloved to this day. Zelda creators will also take you behind the scenes and share their insights into the development process of some of the most iconic games in the series. If you're a fan, we're sure you'll enjoy the trip through time. If you're a newcomer, we hope this gives you a newfound appreciation of the series ahead of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Countdown to Tears of the Kingdom
Looking for a cheatsheet to The Legend of Zelda series? While we'll be going into great depth on each of these video games in the coming weeks, this article is designed to guide you through a brief history of the franchise: From the Famicom game that started it all through to the recently-released Skyward Sword HD. The Legend of Zelda may have been rising to new heights for over 35 years, but this ultimate guide highlights just how varied and vibrant the series has been for Nintendo, from the timeless mainline adventures to all of the wonderful spin-offs.
Best Zelda Games: After 37 years, there is no shortage of games to try in The Legend of Zelda series, from the 8-bit quests which inspired our imaginations to the open world adventures which encourage experimentation and exploration. But some of Link's trips through Hyrule are better than others, which is why we've worked to rank the 10 best Zelda games which we believe you should play today.
Games like Zelda: Struggling to deal with the wait for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom? We don't blame you, it's a nightmare. So instead of staring at a countdown timer for the next few weeks, why not jump into some of these games like Zelda. We've highlighted some of our favorite story-driven RPGs which are full of beautiful worlds to explore and a spirit of adventure that you won't forget.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the long-awaited sequel to Breath of the Wild. It's been six years since we joined Link in exploring the open wilds of Hyrule, and much has changed in that time. For this sequel, Nintendo has given the Hero of Time a new suite of powers and a world beyond the clouds to explore, making this one of the most anticipated upcoming Switch games of the year. There's a lot of information out there, so join us as we recap everything you need to know about Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, from gameplay details to all the latest news.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom pre-order: Tears of the Kingdom looks set to be a celebration of The Legend of Zelda series, and so it's no surprise to see Nintendo offering up some fantastic collector's items for those of you who are willing to put down a pre-order on the new release. Here's everything you need to know about the different versions of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom going on sale in May.
Legend of Zelda Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order: Nintendo is releasing a limited edition The Legend of Zelda Switch OLED console in celebration of Tears of the Kingdom – it's a thing of beauty. It's also proving difficult to find, with pre-order allocations quickly running dry. Thankfully, we are tracking all of the major retailers closely so that we can let you know when more stock is available.
How 'Adventure Mario' evolved into The Legend Of Zelda
To mark Zelda's next much-anticipated steps in Tears of the Kingdom, we're celebrating the enduring series' past by casting our mind back over the classics. By virtue of Retro Gamer's The Story of Zelda bookazine, join us on a serialized journey to discover the complete history of Hyrule, starting with the origins of how Link's odyssey came to be. In our first entry, How 'Adventure Mario' evolved into The Legend Of Zelda, we explore Zelda's earliest beginnings, and how the game evolved as an idea inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto's imaginative childhood.