This week has been very exciting if you love The Legend of Zelda. Here’s the thing though – everything that we’ve known about The Legend of Zelda for 20 years has been flipped on its head. Nintendo is going back the the basics – and I mean the absolute basics with their newest game in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is ridding completely of the formula set by Ocarina of Time (or A Link to the Past if you wanna put some respect on the top-down games) by going back to what made the very first The Legend of Zelda great on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. This means Breath of the Wild will forgo the more linear process of getting to the end boss in place of a more open-world, more open-ended approach. Here’s everything that we know about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild up to this point.
- You can play as Link half nude. That’s right, folks. No iconic green tunic as your main outfit (yet anyway). There will actually be clothing items with stats (including armor). Unfortunately, unlike a lot of Japanese role playing games, the more naked you are, the more vulnerable you are. Rest easy, fan girls, when it’s sunny you can have a topless Link all day, er’day.
- Speaking of weather, Breath of the Wild will have not only a dynamic day and night system like previous titles, but it will also have dynamic weather. This means that if you’re looking to go atop a mountain when it’s pouring raining, the terrain might be too slippery to traverse. You’ll have to wait until it settles down to revisit.
- Since I’m on a roll here, you can climb – everything. This means you can climb mountains, temples, towers, trees, etc. but beware..
- Because there is a stamina gauge as was featured in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The stamina bar means climbing needs to be strategic. Be sure to have a game plan when climbing high spaces – or you’ll fall to your doom when Link gets tired. Bummer.
- Just like The Legend of Zelda on NES, there is no clear cut path. It’s up to the player on where to go in order to move forward. This means, just like in the original, you can go right into the area where Ganon resides and test your brawn. You do not have to play through the story and level up accordingly. I honestly do not advise this, but if you do it, send me the hilarious replay video.
- In the E3 demo, there were no signs of other residents, wanderers, or towns. The Nintendo Treehouse crew confirmed that there are indeed towns and other inhabitants of this large world. The E3 build omits them to avoid spoilers because they are connected to the story. How nice of you, Nintendo!
- The world map is slightly smaller than the world map of Xenoblade Chronicles X! For those of you unaware of the scale of Xenoblade Chronicles X, the world map is bigger than that of Skyrim and Fallout 4 combined.
- Good thing Link can tame horses in the new game. That’s a lot of land to cover on foot!
- Link can use his shield to snowboard down snowy slopes. I’m not kidding. Look. Alongside snowy peaks, Link becomes visibly cold. He shivers, turns red, and losing health. Be sure to carry warm clothes and warm foods.
- The wildlife you see in the world differs depending on time of day. For example, in the day time you may encounter Bokoblins, but at night you may encounter other enemies, including the tried and true Stalchildren, or in this game’s case, Bokoblin skeltons, at night. When tearing these skeletons down, you can use their arms as melee weapons to finish off their brethren.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have amiibo support. The thought of amiibo support bummed me out at the mere thought, but the way they are using amiibo is actually really cool. To those of you that have The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, the Wolf Link amiibo acts as Link’s companion in Breath of the Wild. He fights enemies alongside you and he is very aware. Wolf Link can be playable alongside you in your journey until his hearts deplete, if they deplete, in battle. To use him again, you have to wait 24 real world hours to reuse. There will also be other The Legend of Zelda line amiibo, but other amiibo functionality in game was not specified during the stream.
- Link freaking eats instead of collecting hearts. You’d think that something that makes so much sense wouldn’t be so jarring to me. You can make recipes that affect status changes liken to Monster Hunter. It’s really bizarre. Peppered foods can save Link’s life in cold weather. You can also choose to eat meat or be vegan. If you’d rather hunt for meat, it’s your prerogative. If you’d rather eat on the fruit of the land, that’s ok too.
- Going along with #11, Breath of the Wild has many more survival aspects than any Zelda before it. Use the resources around you to craft weapons, craft arrows for your quiver or create fire arrows, make campfires, etc.
- Link can be stealthy at any given moment. There is a soundbar on the HUD that tells the player how audible Link’s movements are. If you want to sneak up on enemies more effectively, be sure to pay attention to that.
- When shooting arrows and jumping from ledges simultaneously, Link’s scope goes into slow-mo allowing you to snipe enemies in style.
- Link can finally jump with a button prompt. Before, he was only able to jump when near ledges and cliffs.
- Breath of the Wild will be based around Sheikah (Sheikan?) technology. Use the Sheikah Slate to interact with objects in a number of ways to solve puzzles.
- This game will have voice acting, or at least voice narration, as highlighted in the trailer unlike the gibberish spoken in the past games.
- Ambient sounds/sounds of nature have replaced overworld music. This was one of the things I found most memorable in the Zelda games, but unfortunately it won’t be present this time around. That said, the sound in the game so far is very top tier.
- As far as we know, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to both the Wii U and Nintendo NX next year, quite possibly as early as March, 2017.
The more I watch the Nintendo Treehouse Live, the more I see new things to uncover. This article will be updated with new information. If you are excited about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or E3 2016 in general, be sure to stay locked onto SheAttack.com!
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