A Horse Named House

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is out now, and boy is it fun. I’ve written about the Switch Zelda games previously, and I had a nice surprise this week when visiting one of the various stables in the Hyrule region.

In the previous game, 2017’s Breath of the Wild, once you tame a horse and register it at the stable, you can give it a name and call on it at various stables throughout the region. Riding the horse helps you traverse the game a little more speedily and also, in retrospect, helps you to marvel at the fact that there are no loading screens as you move from one side of the map to the other. But I digress.

My son helped me name our first horse, House. Yes, he wa absolutely certain that he wanted to name the horse House, and after checking an absolute third time, House is what we named the house, er, horse.

So imagine my happiness upon realising that House (and his companion Sally) were doing well in the stables of Hyrule in Tears of the Kingdom when I played the game this week. It’s such a little touch in a massive game, but sometimes little touches are what can make a large difference.

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