Tears of the Kingdom: Godzilla makes a convincing appearance in Hyrule 

A Japanese X/Twitter user has recently stunned Zelda fans with a cinematic video of Godzilla terrorizing Lurelin Village. The fully functional recreation of Godzilla, decked out in Flame and Laser Emitters to mimic the monster’s attacks, was built from scratch in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

In the short clip, the creator has nailed many iconic aspects of the Godzilla films, including the monster’s ominous plodding through the ocean, his distinctive roar and the dramatic camera angles emphasizing the monster’s size. The video includes some tanks, which also appear to have been created using TotK’s Build System, that engage in a futile battle with the giant reptile. Lending a foreboding tone to the video is Godzilla’s Theme from 1962’s Godzilla Vs. King Kong by series composer Akira Ifukube. The impressive clip has prompted an awed response from X users- with people being stunned by how it looks like a real movie. Commenters praised not only the creator’s skills but also the level of freedom and creative expression possible in Tears of the Kingdom. 

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Since his debut feature in 1954, the giant prehistoric reptile has appeared in almost 40 movies, as well as numerous spinoffs in other media, and is perhaps the most well-known of Japan’s fictional movie monsters (kaiju). A giant statue of him can be found in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward and he has also been made a tourism ambassador and resident of the area, despite destroying it on film several times. 

In the TotK video, the mechanical Godzilla comes ashore in Lurelin Village to destroy some tanks and buildings with his spiral heat ray attack before plodding cinematically back through the ocean towards the rising sun. With this, the maker of the clip has also captured the lonely side of Godzilla, which makes some people sympathize with the lumbering monster. 

The Godzilla homage is yet another indication of how Tears of the Kingdom continues to inspire player creativity. It has led to fans sharing a plethora of unusual creations, such as magical broomsticks and dancing cranes. The game’s in-depth system has even prompted a professor at the University of Maryland to set up an engineering course assessing students on their Ultrahand skills. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available for the Nintendo Switch

Verity Townsend
Verity Townsend

Automation West Editor and translator. She has a soft spot for old-school Sierra adventure games and Final Fantasy VIII (yes, 8!). Can often be found hunting down weird forgotten games and finding out everything about them. Frequently muses about characters and lines from Metal Gear Solid and Disco Elysium. Aims to keep Automaton fresh and interesting with a wide variety of articles.

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  1. I remember seeing an English dubbed version of the Godzilla v King Kong film as a child. The special effects for the period were good. I think this is a worthy homage to the original creators.

    It would be interesting to see more articles about movie to game crossovers and vice versa please.