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Zelda: A Link Between Worlds connects Hyrule's Zelda and Lorule's Hilda

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds producer Eiji Aonuma revealed new details on the game during his panel at New York Comic Con on Friday, including the two worlds referenced in its title: Hyrule and Lorule.

The game is a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which featured two mirrored worlds, Hyrule and the Dark World. The opposite world in A Link Between Worlds is called Lorule, although Aonuma clarified that instead of being a straight mirror of Hyrule, Lorule is its own world. In fact, the kingdom of Lorule has its own ruler: Princess Hilda, who can be seen praying at the end of the game's latest trailer.

A Link Between Worlds' main antagonist is an ashen-faced character named Yuga, whom Aonuma described through a translator as "suspicious." According to Aonuma, Yuga's interactions with Princess Zelda in Hyrule and with Princess Hilda in Lorule are what set the story of A Link Between Worlds in motion. The sorceress has been turning people into two-dimensional cave paintings, a state that Link uses to his advantage when he merges with walls and travels between Hyrule and Lorule.

Aonuma also presented a number of clips of gameplay and narrated over them, explaining elements like the new item rental system. Players will be able to upgrade weapons they own by collecting young creatures called Maiamai — once Link returns the babies to Mother Maiamai, she gives him the option to upgrade a weapon. In the video, Link's upgraded bow could fire three arrows at once.

For details on the developers' reasoning behind the ability to rent items, as well as much more from Aonuma himself, check out our full interview with the longtime Zelda producer.

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