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The Legend of Zelda

It's taken its sweet time, but Miyamoto's Zelda opus is finally almost ready to unsheath its sword

Footage of Link's next adventure on GameCube stunned everyone at E3 - it's unveiling caused grown men to cheer, and when Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto appeared after the video in a puff of smoke carrying Link's sword and shield, some of those grown men even cried! But enough of the smoke and mirrors: what about the game?

Currently going by the working title of Legend Of Zelda and built using the Wind Waker engine, the new Zelda isn't a remake of any sort but a brand new game. Link looks similar to his Soul Calibur II incarnation and although the cartoon styling of Wind Waker is gone, Link is still meant to be a teenager.

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Set in the land of Hyrule, Zelda features lots of horseback riding. Nintendo says this will be a key component of gameplay. They'll be like Ocarina Of Time's horse sections, and replace Wind Waker's boat bits as a way of getting around. There's also combat on horseback, with Link able to knock enemies off their steeds, sending them tumbling to the ground.

The Darkest Link
The eye-tracking system of Wind Waker is carried across to the new adventure. From the footage shown it's also evident that this will be much darker in tone to previous instalments. The trailer conjures up plenty of atmospheric scenes, including some dynamic weather effects and menacing enemies.Scheduled for a 2005 release and produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, this game has us all foaming at the mouth. We'll bring you more on Zelda as soon as Nintendo lets us!

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