Posted on April 21 2018 by Michaela El-Ters
The Zelda series primarily takes place in the ever-changing landscape of Hyrule, although there are notable instances where Link explores new worlds. From the apocalyptic Termina in Majora’s Mask to the Dark World in A Link to the Past and its sequel, A Link Between Worlds, Holodrum and Labrynna in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, and even the surreal Koholint Island in Link’s Awakening, an alternate setting has often proven to be a welcome change of pace.
I’ve enjoyed exploring all of these worlds arguably more than Hyrule because of how unique and engaging they are. Plus, by providing a new world for Link to explore, it creates new opportunities for world building and character development that can’t necessarily be found in Hyrule. After all, there’s a certain formula and expectation that comes with Hyrule, with the Royal Family ruling over the land as the monarchy while the other races also feature their own cultures and ideas. Breath of the Wild was able to develop excellent cultures and develop the world more through the lens of Hyrule being a destroyed shell of what it was before, essentially making it a unique, different setting, but I don’t think that rules out the opportunity for new worlds to be explored as well. When Nintendo has taken the occasional leaps to insert Link into a new world, it’s been done very well and I would love to see more of it. What do you think? Do you want to see new, alternate worlds for Link to explore? Let us know in the comments!