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The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom is available for pre-order

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on September 26. In a surprise twist, Nintendo announced this all-new mainline Zelda game during the June 2024 Nintendo Direct. Better yet, it’s coming soon. And it stars Princess Zelda. And it features unique, clever gameplay. Pre-orders are now live at regular retailers. Read on to learn more.

Pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom is available for pre-order

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom

There is no special edition of the game, so the standard edition is the one for you. And if you’re waiting for it to be available for pre-order on Amazon, you might be waiting a while. Recent Switch games are only available at launch – not for pre-order.

What is The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom?

Echoes of Wisdom is the first Zelda game in the series to feature Princess Zelda, which is pretty cool. Fans have been asking for this for decades, so it’s nice to see Nintendo finally listening. It also uses the same almost claymation art style as the Link’s Awakening remake. It is superb.

At the start of the game, purple rifts begin to open up throughout Hyrule and swallow people up. Link is sucked in, but Zelda escapes. So it’s up to her to save the kingdom (because apparently her military can’t do it for her while she rules the kingdom? I don’t really understand how the details work out).

The most notable gameplay feature is the use of echoes. Zelda has something called a Tri Wand, which allows her to summon items and enemies she has already encountered. She can use these summoned echoes to fend off other enemies, solve puzzles, and access areas previously out of reach. It looks like this will require players to get creative, which was also a big part of Tears of the Kingdom. It’s cool to see this kind of creative puzzle solving come to a 2D style Zelda game.

Nintendo Switch Lite Hyrule Edition

In addition to the new Zelda game, Nintendo is launching a sleek new edition of the Nintendo Switch Lite handheld console. It is not yet available for pre-order in the United States, even though it’s in the UK (and it ships to the USA). The case is gold, with black buttons and sticks. There is a small Triforce symbol under the right stick. The back of the device sports a large version of the winged Triforce Zelda symbol. This looks very good.

It also comes with a free 12-month individual subscription to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. This lets you play a whole bunch of classic games from Game Boy, NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance. You also get free access to massive expansions for games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing, and Splatoon 2.

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