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Zeltik has done a great Trailer breakdown here with theories/suggestions to go along with it…

 

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2 hours ago, Kav said:

Zeltik has done a great Trailer breakdown here with theories/suggestions to go along with it…

 

That's a great video thanks for sharing.

Cool idea that the chunks of land found on the surface are how you'd get up to the sky, by using Link's new rewind power.

After watching that I definitely think the 'tears' part of the title could relate to something in-game.

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I do love theories and speculation!

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17 minutes ago, Kav said:

I do love theories and speculation!

How about this for theories and speculation, read it earlier:

Breath of the Wild = Wind = Goddess of Courage and Wind Farore
Tears of the Kingdom = Water = Goddess of Wisdom and Water Nayru

Game three = Fire = Goddess of Power and Fire Din ??

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1 hour ago, Ronnie said:

How about this for theories and speculation, read it earlier:

Breath of the Wild = Wind = Goddess of Courage and Wind Farore
Tears of the Kingdom = Water = Goddess of Wisdom and Water Nayru

Game three = Fire = Goddess of Power and Fire Din ??

Oh god, a third game set in that Hyrule? Surely, even the most diehard fan would get bored with that?

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14 minutes ago, Glen-i said:

Oh god, a third game set in that Hyrule? Surely, even the most diehard fan would get bored with that?

For sure, but it depends to what extent they mix it up this time around ?

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Obviously fire would mean it takes place under Hyrule nearer the earths core with loads of Magma and underground volcanos about. There, I've already mixed it up a bit for the third game.

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1 hour ago, BowserBasher said:

Obviously fire would mean it takes place under Hyrule nearer the earths core with loads of Magma and underground volcanos about. There, I've already mixed it up a bit for the third game.

Well Zelda did fall down a chasm. Not sure why Link is searching in the sky for her.

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On 15/09/2022 at 7:30 PM, Ike said:

Well Zelda did fall down a chasm. Not sure why Link is searching in the sky for her.

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On 9/14/2022 at 12:40 PM, Kav said:

Zeltik has done a great Trailer breakdown here with theories/suggestions to go along with it…

 

Zeltik's videos are great, great share! 

Can I just say though, it's killing me that so many people are saying the weirdly faced shaman-type dude on the wall is reminiscent of the Lord of the Mountain, when said weirdly faced shaman-type dude on the wall's face is, I feel, still clearly taking some cues from the design of the Spirit of the Forest from Princess Mononoke, even more so than the Lord of the Mountain (which, well, also was clearly taking cues from it!). A lot of deer-like features going on with that face (or mask?)...

Shaman dude

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Spirit of the Forest (Princess Mononoke)

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The wide eyes, the "ears", the general face shape and it's nose/brow ridge...yeah, I can't unsee it. 

To push it further, though, on the Shaman Dude™...is that hair, cloth, or...tendrils? Because you know...

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This builds into my next bit of speculation a bit...

I think this game's title can be seen as a mirror to Breath of the Wild, and together they are talking about the cycle of life and death, but also the cycle of man and nature. 

I mean, think about it. In almost any way you cut it, you can see a relationship between a Breath and Tears, whether it be a similarity or difference, but there's so much joining them. Both are ways of expelling waste/toxins from the body, and with that in mind both I think could be defined as being a cyclical process of renewal (breathing in and out to continue the process of, well, living, compared with shedding tears to shed or process emotions). Similarly, breathing is, 99% of the time (until I say this and you're conscious of it for a moment :p), an involuntary action, whereas, while emotions can overcome you and make you cry tears, it is something we have much more control over. I think also from a meditation perspective, there's something to be said for focusing on breathing and observing your emotions, whereas crying/tears often imply emotion and being overwhelmed by them. And so on and so forth.

It's loose, and it's a bit silly, but I guess the most succinct argument I have for it it that Breath is associated with life and being present, whereas I would argue that Tears (crying, obviously there'll be exceptions! I had a botched eye op as a kid so I cry from one eye when it's cold!) are kind of associated with the struggles of life, including death, such as through mourning those we've lost, emotion, and altogether, honestly, not being truly present. 

There's also the relationship between mankind and nature, which is what Wild and Kingdom kind of get at. One flourishing, more often than not, comes at the cost of the other, which is especially true and noteworthy today in 2022, what with climate change and more and more natural disasters occuring. I think there's also just an implied mirroring between an untamed Wild and a tamed, well, Kingdom. 

Anyways, that's what I'm taking from the titles: it's about the relationships between life and death, and nature and mankind. 

Breath of the Wild

Tears of the Kingdom

Goes along with the Zonai ouroborus too! 

EDIT: another one; BotW, while fully 3D, was arguably us mainly exploring a horizontal plane, across the land of Hyrule. Breaths are, well, inhaled and exhaled, typically, perpendicular to the position of the body, but horizontally when upright. Tears flow down vertically, and we're seeing a lot more to the verticality of this world in TotK (places to explore on the sky and underground). 

It's definitely growing on me, that's for sure! I think there's also more there, though. If this kingdom in the sky was indeed an ancient kingdom and is the kingdom the title alludes to, the "wild" could also be referring to the untamed force of nature that is/was Calamity Ganon, and the "Kingdom" could be referring to his opposite – this shaman-type on the murals. I also can't help but wonder if there's some balance there between good and evil, and so there's that cycle which could come into effect: with Calamity Ganon gone as if the end of Breath of the Wild, does his opposite (this shaman-type guy?) step into the fold? I kind of think of it like the balance of the Force in Star Wars, and how there's a relationship between the Dark Side and the Light. 

I'm really curious to see where this game goes, regardless. There's a bunch in Princess Mononoke which has clearly inspired the series in the past, or Breath of the Wild in 2017 (hell, that true ending is basically the same ending as Princess Mononoke's!), and so I imagine we'll see more tiny nods here and there which might help gain a better understanding of what's going on ahead of release. Can't help but also talk about an ancient kingdom in the sky and that massive twister without thinking of Laputa...but I'll stop there for now :p

On 9/13/2022 at 7:11 PM, Ashley said:

*Chest opening sound*

(After double checking I didn't put "tears of a clown" which is all my head can think of)

Thanks for fixing the thread titl–

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As is tradition: GameXplain's mega-analysis for Tears of the Kingdom comes in at nearly 50 minutes long! 

Takes me back to the simpler times of watching their old BOTW (Zelda for NX!) trailer and gameplay breakdowns :D

On 9/16/2022 at 10:35 PM, Ashley said:

I'm guessing you don't like the date format?

Short answer: no :p

Longer answer:

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