Playing the Legend of Zelda no longer has to take place solely on a Nintendo gaming platform. You can now play with Link, Zelda, Ganondorf and other popular Legend of Zelda characters through a newly announced and upcoming chess gaming set based around Nintendo's popular franchise.

GoNintendo is reporting that Merchoid has a brand new chess set available for pre-order for $89.99. The set looks fantastic and the board is a black and green layout with a UV finish. Each of the pieces are sculpted out of vinyl with a metallic finish, in order to give them a smooth, shiny look.

Legend of Zelda Chess Set

The game set features many of the classic characters, including Link as the King, Zelda as the Queen, Impa as the Bishop, Darunia as Rooks, Navi as Pawns and Epona as the Knights... I mean, it only makes sense right?

On the black side of the board, Ganon is the King and Twinrova is the Queen. The Iron Knuckle works as the Bishop, while Armos are Rooks, Deku nuts are Pawns and the Phantom is the Knight. It would have seemed like Skull Kid from Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask would have made for a good Pawn instead of the Deku nuts. Just seems like an odd choice.

Also, I would have replaced Armos with the Guardians from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They would seem like the perfect pieces to work as Rooks in the game. But then again, I suppose they were likely going for more traditional characters instead of centering in on some of the newer foes that Link has faced off against throughout the Legend of Zelda franchise. The set was probably in development before much was known about the newest game.

I don't know how, but it also would have been cool if they could have found a way to fit the Great Fairies in there somehow. Even still, it makes sense on the "good guy" side that they would have characters like Impa as the Bishop and Darunia as the Rook. I don't think they could have selected a better piece for the Knight... Epona is perfect.

This chess set is likely going to be big business for Merchoid given that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is huge right now. It's a massively popular game that's been hailed as one of the very best open-world games ever made, bar none. It's a tall order of critical praise.

A lot of the reviews are marking the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch exclusive as a 10 out of 10, which definitely raises the profile of the game in the eyes of the general public. Combine this with the fact that the Nintendo Switch is sold out everywhere, and you have a perfect combination for something explosively popular.

The Legend of Zelda brand definitely managed to have its value raised thanks to the release of the Nintendo Switch and the high marks that Breath of the Wild is receiving. For gamers who are now interested in adding a bit of related memorabilia to their collectible stash, you can look to do so with the chess set based on the Legend of Zelda, which is due for release this April.

The pre-orders for the set are available in limited quantity, so you'll have to order fast.

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