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The Swords of Ditto E3 gameplay trailer is glorious

The Swords of Ditto E3 gameplay trailer shows off a slice of adorable, classic video game nirvana.

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The Swords of Ditto E3 gameplay trailer

The Swords of Ditto E3 gameplay trailer shows off a slice of adorable, classic video game nirvana.

There’s not a word for ‘a game that’s a bit like The Legend of Zelda‘. Other genres have all sorts of codifiers and nomenclature based on their various heritage, from Metroidvania – a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania – to the roguelike, ostensibly a game that in some way borrows a mechanic or two from the classic 1980s dungeon-crawler, Rogue.

Maybe we need to come up with a word for it? I mean, there’s lots of games out there that are quite obviously inspired by the Zelda series, so there’s clearly a need. Zeldalike? A bit Zeldish? Anyway, I digress. The most promising of the Zeldesque games, though, are yet to be released: Tunic, formerly known as Secret Legend, and The Swords of Ditto.

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The Swords of Ditto is basically what happens if take a classic Zelda game – somewhere between Link’s Awakening and A Link to the Past – but you run Hyrule through an Adventure Time filter, to make it super adorable, squishy, and very funny.

Did we mention that it’s also a two player, local co-operative experience? Well it is, and that’s ace, because there aren’t enough of those to go around nowadays. And if you want to get a handle on how the co-op dynamic works, this extended The Swords of Ditto E3 gameplay trailer – basically the first ten minutes or so of the game proper – will give you a fantastic primer on this charming game.

That octopus is so damn cute. Also, The Swords of Ditto makes for some pretty sweet gifs, like this one, with a cute little hero landing animation:

The Swords of Ditto – landing gif

And this one, with classic Zeldania grass cutting:

The Swords of Ditto – grass cutting

And this one, which is just too sweet and perfect for words:

The Swords of Ditto – hug gif

So yeah, we can’t wait for the beautifully Zeldoid The Swords of Ditto. Are any of those euphemisms for ‘a game that’s a bit like Zelda’ working out for you?

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Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.