A crowd gathers at the Nintendo Store to buy The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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Everyone seems to be playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and my Key won’t let me forget it. This weekend, while I’m also parading around Hyrule Breath of the Wild I had mild interruptions as many other heroes of Hyrule, whom I later met, picked up their keys.

“So-and-so is online!” another Nintendo Online friend would read a small banner in the upper left corner as it was activated. And inevitably the pop-up always showed that they were playing a game: Tears of the kingdom. Yes, I know I can turn off these notifications, but where’s the fun in that?

Now I’m not far. I knew it would happen mass release. But there is something striking about constant visual reminders everyone and their mother play the same game at the same time. I’m not sure I can recall a similar case where so many people seemed to be on the same page. The closest would be in the early days of the pandemic lockdown, when everyone else was it seems he was playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. But even then I would see friends signing up and playing Ring Fit Adventure or explore old favorites.

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But it seems that now is not the time for experimentation. Everyone I know plays with a Switch, regardless of how often they play or what titles or genres they usually prefer. Tears of the kingdom.

Every time this notification comes, I get a sense of camaraderie, like we’re all on the same mission. I think of growing up around my dad’s Jeep Wrangler, as always Wave to someone else in the Wrangler on the way. I can’t help but feel that I give myself to every person Zelda explorer nodded, even though it was in my head and they couldn’t tell I saw them.

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