Nintendo is still releasing new artwork for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in the lead up to the game’s release on May 12, and fans are already poring over the footage for clues. It will all be revealed in a few weeks, but why wait when the beautiful art is there waiting to be examined under a microscope?
Following Ganon’s grand debut in the final trailer last week, Nintendo yesterday released official artwork for the Gerudo King that stoked some fan theories about the “tears” referred to in the game’s title. Maybe he is collecting them. to go full Thanos? Tears of the KingdomThe champions also have new artwork, showing the Zora Prince Sidon, as well as two other companions, a Gerudo who appears to be Riju and a Rito who is likely Teba’s son Tulin. Looks like the kids have grown up and are ready to kick some butt.
The first thing that caught players’ attention was that we’re still missing the fourth champion, presumably a Goron, who hasn’t been shown off in the recent batch of trailers and gameplay footage. With breath of the wildit’s yunobo In light of this, some fans are speculating that this could be because Death Mountain seems to be infected with Malice, which could indicate that Link will first have to fight a Goron champion before joining as a partner.
This also matches the larger fan theory that Ganon is trying to collect colorful gems called tears that work in Hyrule like the infinity stones avengers. New character art shows that Ganon currently has room for seven on his “infinity” necklace, and already owns three: red, purple, and silver. Meanwhile, Sidon seems to have a blue tear over the course of the adventure, implying that Ganon may already have the red one because he took it from a Goron. Rip.
One of the biggest revelations in Tears of the Kingdomfinal trailer of it was that champions like Sidon would at least occasionally be able to fight side by side with Link. Building off of the character backstories established in the hack ‘n slash spin-off, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamityit seems that champions can accompany the Hero of Time on his adventure at various points as fully-functioning NPC allies.
When breath of the wild came out, Nintendo released individual Amiibo for each of the game’s champions. Until now Tears of the Kingdom it only has one figure for Link. We’ll see if the new champions get the same treatment once the game finally arrives.