Note: This post will be continually updated until the game's release.
#TheLegendofZelda series has reinvented itself, with flair, each and every time Nintendo releases a new convention-bending console. As we anticipate the next hardware offering, fans expect Breath of the Wild to make the Nintendo Switch an essential purchase for any self-respecting Zelda fan.
'The Legend of Zelda: #BreathoftheWild' is shaping up to be the epic game we'd expect from a now 127-year-old Nintendo (many happy returns!) and will manage to bridge the gap between all of its predecessors, whilst creating its own space in the Zelda Hall of Fame. But what do we actually know about the Hero of Time's latest adventure?
'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' News, Rumors & Leaks
- [Rumor] Breath of the Wild set to miss Nintendo Switch's launch schedule?
According to a report from Nintendo gumshoe Emily Rogers, due to localization continuing till the end of the year, BotW will miss Nintendo Switch's launch date by many months. Rogers believes that Nintendo want to make sure the game is perfect, or as close to, by the time it reaches stores. So four to six months of game testing will come after localization is complete.
- [Rumor] Amiibo Hint At Release Date?
Recently, the French division of Nintendo of Europe got itself in a bit of a pickle when it accidentally revealed the release date for Breath of the Wild and, possibly, the Switch too.
According to a listing that has since been removed on the site, Breath of the Wild will be making grown adults weep with relief on March 4th, 2017.
'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Trailer & Gameplay
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...
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.
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:
Survival & Combat
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
Nintendo hasn't yet confirmed an exact release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We know that it's currently set for release in 2017, coming to Wii U and the Nintendo Switch.
As covered above, the game's amiibo tie-in products will release on March 4th, 2017, which could also turn out to be Breath of the Wild's secretive launch date.
'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' - The Story So Far
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
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...
the Old Man...
...and The Temple of Time
...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
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!
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?