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Nintendo’s classic Ultra Hand toy lives on in Tears of the Kingdom

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one of link’s new powers The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom An homage to one of Nintendo’s oldest toys, the Ultra Hand. while the capability of ultrahand tears of the kingdom would let Link pick up and move distant objects, Nintendo’s nearly 60-year-old Ultra Hand toy did exactly that. It doesn’t have the extra work of building a working hovercraft, which by the way tears of the kingdomUltrahand (combined with fuse) capability.

The original Ultra Hand was developed by the late Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of Nintendo’s Game & Watch, the inventor of the cross-shaped D-pad seen on the Nintendo GamePad, and the original designer of the Game Boy. Yokoi created the Ultra Hand in 1966 at the behest of Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi after seeing Yokoi playing with a similar device in one of the company’s factories. The low-cost plastic toy was a hit, selling over one million units.

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A photo of Nintendo's Ultra Hand toy

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Photo: Isao Yamazaki

An earlier blog from Mario has a great write-up on the Ultra Hand, which was introduced as a toy for kids that let them grab things from a distance – or hand something to someone across a table. Part prank tool, part skill toy, the novelty device was manufactured by Nintendo for at least seven years.

But Nintendo has never forgotten the Ultra Hand, and the device has made several appearances in video games throughout the years. Nintendo’s WarioWare series includes several Ultra Hand-inspired microgames, and the device made non-playable cameos animal Crossing New Leaf, shed 3And the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Nintendo also released a dedicated Ultra Handheld video game in 2010, Grill-Off with Ultra Handy! That game was a downloadable WiiWare title exclusive to Club Nintendo members; Players use the Ultra Hand to grab pieces of meat that are cooking on a barbecue grill.

the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the State could give players a similar experience this spring, when the forces of Hyrule’s Ultrahand and that arcane flesh arrow are combined.

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