Sega has announced the second free Nintendo-themed DLC for Sonic Lost World, this one centered around The Legend of Zelda.
First hinted at alongside a similar Yoshi’s Island inspired level back in December, this new stage takes more inspiration from the Zelda franchise than you might initially expect. For starters, it does away with the time limit, emphasizing exploration over the Blue Blur’s trademark speed. It also replaces Sonic’s ring-based health with a heart meter and sees him donning Link’s trademark green cloak and hat, gloves, and boots. And, of course, there are plenty of enemies from the Zelda games and cameos from major characters, like Navi and the Skyward Sword incarnation of Link, who soars by on a loftwing. It looks like they even let Sonic get his hands on the Triforce. He will presumably use his wish on an endless supply of chili dogs.
As you can see from the above developer walkthrough video, courtesy of IGN, so much attention has been paid to this mashup that it’s bound to spawn a new generation of insufferable fanfiction. Sure, there was nothing stopping weirdos from writing their own Sonic/Zelda crossovers before, but now it’s almost canon. This DLC opens up a whole world of new OTPs: Shadow/Dark Link, Amy Rose/Groose, Knuckles/Biggoron, Tails/Epona—the possibilities are as endless as they are horrifying.
If you’d like to give this interesting hybrid of two classic gaming franchises a shot (or if you’d just like some inspiration for your future creative writing projects), you’ll be able to download the DLC free of charge staring tomorrow, March 27.