It is Day 1 of E3, and the excitement of thousands of fans attending the event and watching at home has not diminished in the slightest! Yesterday, big names in the industry like Sony and Microsoft showed off their upcoming games, and the day before that, we got some cool content from EA and Bethesda.
Today is Nintendo's time to shine, and now that the other game developers have gotten their conferences over and done with, Nintendo can finally show us what they've been up to. Instead of doing a traditional conference, Nintendo is just doing a Treehouse Live event, showcasing their upcoming games. One of those games is a title that many have been waiting for; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the next installment in the critically acclaimed Legend of Zelda series. It is the nineteenth game in the main LoZ series. This time around, our beloved elf-eared hero is exploring the large and vast world of Hyrule on the Nintendo Wii U and NX systems!
It's hard to believe that it's been three years since the game was first announced by Nintendo, and one year since we got our first look at it. Now, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a new trailer, and a big presence at Nintendo's E3 Treehouse Live. You can check out the trailer below!
Breath of the Wild is setting up to be the biggest Zelda title ever! Ever since they announced it in 2013, Nintendo has been working on this new Zelda experience to give fans the Zelda game they deserve.
Breath of the Wild is still like your typical Zelda game in some ways. It's still an action-fantasy RPG with tons of exploration, magic, and enemy encounters. But Nintendo has been working hard to make this Zelda different, adding in a ton of new features never before seen in any other Zelda title.
Today, during Treehouse Live (which you can watch here), Nintendo revealed a ton of these new features during live gameplay of the new Legend of Zelda. Here are just a few of the exciting new features in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!
For the first time ever, there will be actual voice acting in a Legend of Zelda game! And I don't mean stuff like the grunts Link makes, or the annoying sounds Navi makes either!
The trailer for the game features a mysterious female voice (maybe Zelda) telling Link to open his eyes, presumably because it's hard to rescue Hyrule with your eyes closed.
Meanwhile, it seems that Link is still going to be a mute character, which is fine. Still, voice acting in The Legend of Zelda is a huge deal. We might actually get some epic cutscene full of dialogue to go with those beautiful cel-shaded graphics!
A Jump Button!
I know what you're thinking, what's so special about a jump button? Well, nothing really, it's just a button that allows the player to jump in the game. That's it. So why am I talking about it?
The Legend of Zelda has let Link jump before, but this is the first time that the player is in control of when Link jumps. It's nothing big, but it will be exciting to see just how much this new jump button needs to be used in Breath of the Wild. One way we've already seen is with the parachute, which requires Link to jump off of high areas.
Another exciting addition to the world of Zelda, technology! Yes, the land of Hyrule is finally entering the modern age and getting itself some tech, as evident by the strange tablet Link finds in an ancient temple. The temple itself seems to be full of ancient technology that doesn't seem native to Hyrule.
But for fans of the traditional Zelda experience, don't worry, it's still there. Technology isn't replacing the magic-based element of The Legend of Zelda, it's just adding to it. Breath of the Wild players are going to have to utilize magic, tech, and classic weaponry when trekking across Hyrule.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has ditched the traditional "hearts in tall grass" aspect of previous Zelda games. Now, players will have to gain any lost health back by hunting for food.
Players can search for meat, fruit, and other kinds of food in Hyrule. Once they find it, they can actually cook it and eat it to regain health. The game even lets you combine certain foods to make different dishes and possibly gain more health!
Breath of the Wild definitely has the most RPG elements in any Zelda game, as seen by the game's armor inventory. Link can find armor anywhere in Hyrule, from insides chests to on downed enemies.
Once he has this armor, he can equip it and change his appearance. But the armor is more than just cosmetic, as different pieces of armor can change Link's stats. This makes choosing the right armor imperative, as it could be the difference between you winning or losing in battle.
It isn't just enemies that Link has to worry about though. Things like fire and ice can hurt Link as well, and armor can save him from things like freezing to death in a snowy landscape.
Picking Up Weapons
You can find powerful weapons in chests and dungeons found throughout the game, but most of the time, you're going to need find your next weapon in the environment.
You can't keep one weapon for the whole game, because unless that weapon is the Master Sword, it will eventually break from battle damage. When that happens, you can pick your enemies weapon and keep it.
If you can't do that, then you can pick up a tree branch and use that as a very weak melee weapon, until you can get a new one. This feature will certainly make the game more interesting, as well as potentially up the difficulty factor.
These features and more can be utilized when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild comes out for the Nintendo Wii U and NX systems next year! It's been a long time since we've had a new Zelda experience, and I can't wait to explore the large world of Hyrule!
Until the game's release, you can check out the trailer at the top of this article. Or, if you want an even more in-depth look at Breath of the Wild, check out part 1 of the Treehouse Live gameplay demo below!