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140 Vatican Cities: Comprehending The Sheer Size Of Zelda's Map

By Marcus O'Shea ⋅ Posted on March 09, 2017 at 4:25pm

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is out on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U, receiving spectacular reviews all round. One thing that's capturing the attention of gamers is the sheer size of the world, which Nintendo claims is 1.5 times bigger than the massive viking world of #Skyrim. But how big is the map in real terms?

It's Bigger Than Any Zelda That Came Before

[Credit: Reddit - HylianWarrior]

There's three main estimates for the size of Breath of the Wild's world. The largest, which was put forward before the game's release, is based on estimates from the map and E3's small demo area and claimed the world was around 360 square kilometers, or 138 square miles. However, this estimate came from some rather questionable math and assumptions made before the game was out.

The smallest estimate, created by reddit user noob10, uses link's jogging speed and time estimates to place the world at around 8.3 square miles based on the speed of 30 minutes to run across the world, a much more conservative size. However noob10's calculations assume that Link's running speed is the same as the average human walk speed, while Link actually runs at something closer to a slow sprint.

It's Bigger Than 'Skyrim', But About Half The Size Of 'The Witcher 3'

'The Witcher 3' map [Credit: CD Projekt Red]

The final estimate, which seems the most accurate, is based off several factors including Nintendo's official map scales and claims. This estimate lands somewhere in the middle, placing the size of the map at 61 square kilometers, or 23.5 square miles.

To put that in the perspective of #VideoGames, the world is indeed 1.5 times bigger than Skyrim and absolutely dwarfs previous entries into the series, but it isn't as big as some games. The Witcher 3 is still around twice as big, and GTA V beats it by about 20 square kilometers.

How Does 'Breath Of The Wild' Stack Up With New York?

Almost as big as this bad boy and just as dangerous. [Credit: Wikipedia]

In terms of real world perspectives, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a pretty massive place. Overlayed on a map of New York, Breath of the Wild's world would nearly cover the entire island of Manhattan, although I dare you to cross Manhattan in 30 minutes on foot without getting run down by an angry Uber driver.

It Could Fit 140 Vatican Cities Inside It

Suck it, Vatican city. [Credit: Wikipedia]

You could fit the Vatican city inside Breath of the Wild's world almost 140 times. The capital of Luxembourg would also fit in there with some nice breathing room to spare. Or how about a third of the entire country of Lichtenstein, which would probably make Lichtenstein 33% more interesting (sorry to any Lichtensteinians reading this).

The world is big enough in real world terms that fans have had to come together and create their own Zelda version of Google Earth to track where everything is, which is a pretty awesome feat in itself. Of course, we already how devoted Zelda fans can be.

What do you think of the sheer scale of Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Is it awe inspiring or run-of-the mill? Let us know in the comments!

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