ByMarlon McDonald, writer at Creators.co
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Note: This post will be continually updated until the game's release.

As we anticipate Nintendo's next hardware offering, fans expect The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to make the Nintendo Switch an essential purchase for any self-respecting Zelda fan. But with all of the excited murmuring, what do we actually know about the Hero of Time's latest adventure?

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild News, Rumors & Leaks

Updated: 28/02/17

  • [News] Nintendo Switch lasts three hours when running Breath of the Wild undocked

YouTube gamesmaster Arekkz recently gave the Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild a test to see how long the battery life of the console lasts whilst playing undocked in tabletop mode, with a Pro controller connected. And it looks like BotW will last three hours—or precisely 3 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds—so you'd better have a portable power pack handy, gamer.

Updated: 17/01/17

  • [News] Breath of the Wild is a Nintendo Switch launch title

In a world where simply waiting and seeing is so 1998, there was plenty of runaround as to whether breath of the Wild would be a Nintendo Switch launch title. It will be, as confirmed by Nintendo at this month's Switch event. Good news, no? Even more reason to cough up the cash for the console come March.

Updated: 08/12/16

  • [News] Breath of the Wild to get its own pocketwatches

Come April 2017, Breath of the Wild will be getting its very own tie-in set of pocketwatches, made by Taito. Yes, the company that published Space Invaders and the Darius series. They'll retail for around $20 and come in two different designs; one blue with an image of Link and another black with a golden Triforce emblazoned on its face. Head over here to get pre-orderin'.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Trailers & Gameplay

Updated: 17/01/17

Unveiled at the recent Nintendo Switch event, this trailer gives us a more definitive look at Link's impending adventure through Hyrule, a closer look at Princess Zelda, more locales, more action and maybe...maybe even the Great Deku Tree. Yes, the Great Deku Tree.

Updated: 16/12/16

In order to wish us all "happy holidays and a legendary new year", Nintendo recently released a totally radical little snippet of Link snowboarding down a snowy Hyrulean locale on his shield, in this awesome video.

Updated: 02/12/16

The Game Awards had quite the treat for all of us Zelda fans when Nintendo released two bits of new footage of Breath of the Wild. The first being this trailer that shows off some new locations, a new race and a certain princess...

And the second video was a let's play hosted by Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff of Nintendo Treehouse, who took us into the belly of all-new region, Zonai Ruins, where some very intelligent enemies reside...

Updated: 25/10/16

Japanese comedian Masaru Hamaguchi was invited to get his lucky hands on 40 minutes with Breath of the Wild, and his playthrough doesn't disappoint. As long as you speak Japanese, I guess. Anyway, behold new footage of new BotW areas from this video posted by Nintendo Japan.

Updated: 21/10/16

Nintendo recently dropped two new trailers that offer a more thorough impression of Link's survival abilities, combat and exactly how we'll be journeying around the hilly wilds of Hyrule. Check them out below:

Traversing Hyrule

Survival & Combat

Official Trailer

Breath of the Wild's official trailer was dropped at this year's E3 and takes a sweeping and sensual look at the locales we will be visiting once the game finally drops. It shows us Link's well-rounded climbing ability and other in-game perks such as chopping down trees to make bridges across ridges, hunting, cooking and taking out enemies with boulders and bees.

The first official trailer showing off new environments and mechanics:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Release Date

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a launch title, meaning it will drop March 3rd, 2017. It will also be releasing on Wii U.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Story So Far

Hero of Nap Time
Hero of Nap Time

Whilst Nintendo has been typically tight lipped as to what exactly it is we'll be getting up to in the game, some tidbits of info have managed to slip through their well-twined net.

Taking place some 100 years after Link first took to his slumber, our hero wakes up to a dilapidated world, ravaged by the winds of time and a new evil that has destroyed the once thriving land of Hyrule.

Named Calamity Ganon, the beast has taken up residence in (where else but?) Hyrule Castle, and it's up to Link to end his villainous squatting.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Timeline

Zelda Timeline
Zelda Timeline

Now this is where things get severely tricky. Lots of brave and patient gamers and theorists have been attempting to place Breath of the Wild on the Zelda series' convoluted timeline and, naturally, a few suggestions seem a lot more legit than others.

My personal favorite theory comes courtesy of a Zelda producer, Eiji Aonuma himself. Aonuma-san alluded to a suggestion that the game will take place a century after Ocarina of Time due to a connection with the Sheikah, especially with his utilizing of the super mysterious Sheikah slate.

But in all fairness, with all of the Breath of the Wild's subtle nods to other titles in the series, like:

Rock Salt - The Wind Waker's ocean...

[NeoGAF]
[NeoGAF]

the Old Man...

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[NeoGAF]

...and The Temple of Time

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[NeoGAF]

...amongst numerous others. It really wouldn't surprise me if the game is planning on rewriting its very own timeline by merging subtle plot devices and other such things from past games into what could be the most thrilling of Zelda homages.

Alternatively, see below if you want to get your teeth stuck into the timeline a bit more.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - New Gameplay Features

Magnesis in action
Magnesis in action

Breath of the Wild is a third-person, open world action/adventure title which introduces features never seen before in the Zelda franchise.

  • Link will be able to turn nearly any tool that crosses his path into weapon; a branch, a woodcutter's axe, a farmer's pitchfork, boko clubs and much more.
  • Also, most awesomely, pot lids that you find along the way can be used as shields! I love this game already.
  • Weapons degrade and break over time, you can only hold so many items in your inventory at once.
  • Link can now jump, sneak around for stealthy kills and even scale cliff faces in order to traverse higher ground.
  • Health is acquired by picking herbs and mushrooms around the map, stealing food from enemy encampments, hunting wildlife and by cooking and eating any ingredients you find across the map at stoves and fire pits. Some concoctions will even give you perks like resistance to extreme heat or cold.
  • Fire plays a huge part in Breath of the Wild. It can be used to roast ingredients to maximise their health output, or to discover secret areas and obscured goodies. Burn fences and bushes/tall grass with your fire arrows, which can be lit by holding them over a roaring flame.

  • Link can utilize his trusty glider to float upon the winds of Hyrule, for a short period of time, and can even attack enemies from up high.
  • You can use an ability called 'Magnesis' to control weapons or items from afar with dark magic.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo Support

You can bet your most cherished dollar that Breath of the Wild will utilize amiibo to brings awesome perks to your game. As mentioned above in the 'News and Rumors' section, Rider Link, Archer Link and Guardian will be Breath of the Wild's very own amiibo. But there's no word just yet as to what they will bring to the game.

However, the Wolf Link amiibo brings with it some really cool perks. Touching Wolf Link onto the your Wii U's GamePad will save the current amount of hearts you have, and touching it again will bring Wolf Link into your game! A trusty and powerful companion, Wolf Link has a mere three hearts, but can be sent out to hunt for food and will also jump in and kick butt in combat situations.

Also! If you managed to use Wolf Link in tandem with Twilight Princess, then Wolf Link's heart status carries over, which could make him an even bigger badass!

[Nintendo]
[Nintendo]

Also announced recently were three amiibo crafted in order to celebrate The Legend of Zelda's 30th anniversary. Releasing on December 2nd, be ready to welcome 8-bit Link, Adult Link from Ocarina of Time and both Toon Link and Toon Zelda from The Wind Waker into your already bustling collection. These amiibo will have their usual functions within Wii U games, but will have a super-special ability when Breath of the Wild comes along.

Where To Download The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Whether or not Breath of the Wild will be available for download alongside its physical release is anyone's guess. But we will keep you posted if that particular piece of news comes to pass. If so you should head over to Nintendo's eShop and get downloadin'!

What's the first thing you're itching to do in Breath of the Wild?

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