Tears of the Kingdom is up for Most Anticipated game of 2023 at the Gam Awards next week, plus I’m going to round up a few other Legend of Zelda stories including Tears of the Kingdom getting rated in Korea, and a new Urbosa statue has been released, just in time for the holidays. Today I’m going to round up all the latest Zelda news, so let’s get to it.
Without further delay, let’s dive into the news
Game Awards 2022 Next Week
The Game Awards are on Thursday 8th December 2022, and we could get a Tears of the Kingdom trailer. It’s up for Most Anticipated Game of 2023. I aimgine Geoff K wants to bring the heat and if Tears of the Kingdom is the most anticipated, then I imagine he’s working hard to get a trailer.
Most Anticipated Game
- FINAL FANTASY XVI. Square Enix.
- Hogwarts Legacy. Avalanche Software / WB Games.
- Resident Evil 4. Capcom.
- Starfield. Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda.
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Nintendo
Let me know in the comments your most anticipated Game of 2023.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been rated in Korea
By Hirun Cryer, GamesRadar
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been rated for the very first time.
As spotted by Gematsu earlier today on November 18, the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild sequel has just been rated in Korea. The rating has apparently granted Tears of the Kingdom a 12+ classification, primarily due to its violent content pertaining to attacks on human beings.
If you’re familiar with the games industry landscape at all, you’re probably not surprised to hear Korea has been the first nation to grant a rating to Tears of the Kingdom. The Korean ratings board nearly always rates games ahead of other countries around the world, becoming the first to rate God of War Ragnarok earlier this year in May, for example.
Sometimes, the Korean ratings board even rates titles that haven’t been announced yet. That’s exactly what happened earlier this year, when Korea granted a rating to a game called ‘Silent Hill: The Short Message’ before Konami had the chance to properly reveal the game. Speaking of, in fact, Konami still hasn’t actually announced The Short Message, even after their big Silent Hill showcase.
It’s a positive sign that Tears of the Kingdom has been rated so far in advance of release, though. The Zelda sequel isn’t due out until next year on May 12, 2023, but the fact enough pieces are in place for the entire product to be given an official rating should be taken as a positive sign by Zelda fans.
Tears of the Kingdom’s trailer had been changes for Death Mountain and Hyrule Castle, which fans think mean apocalyptic events are on the table for the sequel.
Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom claims the title of Most Wanted Game at the Golden Joystick Awards
By Ali Jones, GamesRadar
Every year there’s one game that seems to rise above all others on players’ wishlists. In the past, the Most Wanted Award has been claimed by the likes of Elden Ring, God of War: Ragnarok, and The Last of Us Part II. Given the enduring love for Breath of the Wild, perhaps it’s no surprise that Tears of the Kingdom should top that list this year.
That said, it’s still an impressive achievement for the upcoming sequel, given that this year’s shortlist was pretty stacked. Tears of the Kingdom won out against the likes of Hollow Knight: Silksong, Hogwarts Legacy, Starfield, and both Final Fantasy 16 and Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Final Fantasy 16
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Dead Island 2
Street Fighter 6
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Honkai: Star Rail
New Mass Effect
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Kerbal Space Program 2
Dead Space Remake
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Winner)
For all that anticipation, the next Legend of Zelda game remains mired in mystery. We do know it’s set to release in May 2023, but it’s proved tricky to tell what Link will be up to on his return to Hyrule. Nintendo seems to be keeping its cards close to its chest – understandable given the sheer weight of expectation on its shoulders – and as such we still have a lot to learn about how Tears of the Kingdom will play, and how exactly it will connect to the story of Breath of the Wild.
No matter how Tears of the Kingdom plays out, however, its fans and developers alike will no doubt be hoping that it’ll be putting in a strong showing at next year’s Golden Joystick Awards.
Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’s Urbosa Treated To Gorgeous Statue, Pre-Orders Now Open
by Ryan Craddock, Nintendo Life
Original Article: First 4 Figures has unveiled the latest statue in its line of gorgeous Legend of Zelda collectibles, this time opening pre-orders for a figure based upon Urbosa, one of Breath of the Wild’s four champions.
The ‘Exclusive Edition’ statue available to order below comes with the special Sheikah Eye symbol base seen on other Zelda statues from the range, which has two LED modes available. When activated, the Sheikah Eye symbol will glow blue – either steadily in Static mode, or pulsating in Animated mode.
You’ll also find limited edition numbering on the bottom of the base, an authentication card, a USB-C cable, a rechargeable battery, and exclusive premium deluxe box packaging.
If you’re interested, you can pick up the Exclusive Edition below with an Early Bird discount (this discount will be available until 1st December).
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Urbosa PVC Exclusive Edition includes:
- Exquisitely detailed PVC statue of Urbosa
- Pose inspired by official artwork
- Sheikah Eye symbol featured on the base
- Two (2) Light-up LED modes (Static and Animated) for the base
- Limited edition numbering on the bottom of the base and packaging
- Authentication Card
- Rechargeable battery with USB-C Cable
- Special Premium deluxe box packaging
Plenty more Zelda statues are also still available on the site, some of which are in stock now while others are available to pre-order: