Eiji Aonuma shows off The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay

Before today, we had a limited sense of what happening in the upcoming sequel to 2017's Breath of the Wild.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom could look better based on the trailer but it will be played exclusively on the Switch, which gives it more graphical wiggle room.

The holiday season came early for Zelda fans. Nintendo has dropped a new 10-minute trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom led by none other than long-time series producer, Eiji Aonuma.

Before today, all we knew to do was to expect big things from the Breath of the Wild sequel. The previous trailers painted a pretty picture for one of the last generation's most influential titles and it hasn't seemed to have lost steam despite being the first $70 exclusive for the Switch.

Now, Tears of the Kingdom might as well go home with the GOTY award.

The lengthy gameplay trailer reveals several new features that games are likely going to copy for the next decade. Case in point, Link's new ability, Fuse, lets him take logs and rocks as well as other everyday objects to create weapons on the fly. It was fun seeing Aonuma use a monster eyeball and an arrow to create a target-seeking arrow. But, we didn't care at all for the return of the weapon degradation mechanic.

Tears of the Kingdom is also introducing another new ability, Ultrahand. Apparently, this is the ability to let Link create that curious car in earlier trailers for the game. Link can use the same ability to create anything from boats to gliders out of a box of scraps.

Tears of the Kingdom also appears to be taking a cue from one of the most divisive Legend of Zelda games. The sequel will terraform Hyrule and adds large landmasses up in the sky.

Link can use another new ability, Recall, to reach the said islands. Aonuma demonstrated this by using Recall on a rock from an island, using it like an elevator to go up. From there, Aonuma happily glided using the now-iconic paraglider to travel to other sky islands.

According to Aonuma, there are other ways to reach the sky islands outside of rewinding time for certain objects.

The final ability that Aonuma showcased is Ascend, which should remind Pokemon fans of an iconic item, Escape Rope. This ability lets Link teleport through the roof of a cave. And, just like that, the collective glee of speedrunners was felt all over the world.

You've got to hand it to Nintendo, they know how to make fans worry less about potential performance issues.

Ultimately, what Nintendo accomplished with the 10-minute-long trailer is to ease the fan concerns about the aging Switch hardware.

Tears of the Kingdom looks every bit like a proper sequel. Now, we understand why Nintendo is confident it can sell more Switch units into the foreseeable future.

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