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Video game fans rush to get Nintendo’s new ‘Zelda’ after six-year wait

Video game fans around the world flocked to shops on Friday to get their hands on the new edition of “Zelda”, one of the most successful franchises in history and now central to the success of Japanese giant Nintendo.

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Gamers queued hours before shops opened in cities from Paris to New York and Tokyo, desperate to be among the first to play “Tears of the Kingdom”, featuring the exploits of Princess Zelda and elf-like warrior Link.

Standing in line outside a Paris store before midnight, 19-year-old Taylor Meguira told the previous entry in the franchise’s storied cannon, 2017’s “Breath of the Wild”, had been a “real revolution”.

“Knowing that there is a sequel coming out in an hour or a little less, it’s just incredible, it just makes me so happy,” he said.

In Tokyo, Yutaka Hirai, 30, queued with dozens of others, told that the seemingly endless scale of previous Zelda games helped draw him in.

“I want to find the same wide open spaces and adventure in this game as in the previous ones,” he said, confessing he had played the previous title for “over 100 hours”.

Early reviews have gushed about the game, giving it a score of 97 out of 100 on metacritic, a site that compiles ratings from reviewers.

The Zelda franchise has sold 125 million copies worldwide since its first edition in 1986.

It helped forge “open world” games where the player is free to roam in virtual landscapes — an idea later taken up by titles ranging from “Grand Theft Auto” to “Skyrim”.

About Zelda

Zelda is a popular video game franchise created by Nintendo. The series is primarily focused on action-adventure gameplay and features a recurring protagonist named Link, who embarks on a quest to rescue Princess Zelda and save the fictional land of Hyrule from various villains, most notably Ganon.

The first game in the series, “The Legend of Zelda,” was released in 1986 and was a critical and commercial success. Since then, Nintendo has released numerous Zelda games for their consoles, including iconic titles such as “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” and “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.” The franchise has garnered a dedicated fanbase and is known for its exploration, puzzle-solving, and immersive worlds.

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