Everyone has their own favorite Zelda game, from Link to the Past’s Dark World’s epochal surprise to Majora’s Mask’s dark gonzo appeal. Regardless of which entry you memorized the most, it’s fair to say most of us can agree that Breath of the Wild is one of the best games in the series, if not all time. Its radical take on the open-world genre has given Zelda a new lease of life, and many of its innovations have found their way into other hit games, including Elden Ring.
With all that said, there are definitely some aspects of Breath of the Wild that show some room for improvement. Considering how rare direct sequels are in the larger series, this offers Tears of the Kingdom an interesting opportunity to build on some of these shortcomings in order to achieve a world Zelda. Open world is even better than ever. And while Tears of the Kingdom has some drawbacks of its own which are normal for any piece of art, it has managed to improve on most of the bugs of the BotW. Here are the top ways Tears of the Kingdom directly build on Breath of the Wild.