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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo

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  • Releases 2017
  • Platform: Nintendo Wii U
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Category: Action , Adventure

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Releases 2017

Hands-On With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

by Ben Reeves

During an early Nintendo E3 booth tour we got almost 45 minutes with Link's newest adventure. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is something of a wild departure from the formula established in Ocarina of Time, but it still feels true to the spirit of the franchise, established with the original Legend of Zelda on the NES.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild opens with a disembodied voice (possibly Zelda) telling Link to wake up and open his eyes. It's worth noting that this voice over is in English, a first for the series. Series producer Eiji Aonuma told us the game would feature more voice over, but wouldn't say if the game would be fully voiced. Series fans will also be happy to know that Link is still a silent protagonist.

English voice-over is far from the only new addition to this Zelda. As previously seen in past trailers, Breath of the Wild is an open world game, and it reminded me of games like Skyrim or the The Witcher, in that Link can travel to any point in the world that he can see. All told, Breath of the Wild's world is 12 times the size of Twilight Princess' Hyrule.

Thankfully, navigating that world seems relatively interesting, with various enemies, animals, and other points of interest scattered about. The world is dense with activities, and Nintendo hopes players will experiment with the world in various ways. After cresting a hill, we noticed a few Moblins at the bottom of a valley. Instead of jumping down to battle them, we pushed one of the boulders off the edge and crushed them underfoot. Players will also be able to climb trees, hunt animals, and chop down trees to create makeshift bridges across rivers.

Another thing we quickly noticed while navigating the world is Link can now jump at will. That's right, there is an actual jump button. This makes navigating the world a lot easier. By pressing and holding the jump button, players will also be able to scale cliff faces and other vertical walls. Link also has a stamina meter that slowly depletes while climbing, running, or doing any other physical activity.

Learn more about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at Game Informer

Step Into a World of Adventure

Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.

Features:

  • Explore the wilds of Hyrule any way you like - Climb up towers and mountain peaks in search of new destinations, then set your own path to get there and plunge into the wilderness. Along the way, you'll battle towering enemies, hunt wild beasts and gather ingredients for the food and elixirs you'll need to sustain you on your journey.
  • More than 100 Shrines of Trials to discover and explore - Shrines dot the landscape, waiting to be discovered in any order you want. Search for them in various ways, and solve a variety of puzzles inside. Work your way through the traps and devices inside to earn special items and other rewards that will help you on your adventure.
  • Be prepared and properly equipped - With an entire world waiting to be explored, you'll need a variety of outfits and gear to reach every corner. You may need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat. Some clothing even has special effects that, for example, can make you faster and stealthier.
  • Battling enemies requires strategy - The world is inhabited with enemies of all shapes and sizes. Each one has its own attack method and weaponry, so you must think quickly and develop the right strategies to defeat them.
  • amiibo compatibility - Tap the Wolf Link amiibo (sold separately) to make Wolf Link appear in game. Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help you find items you're searching for. We will also introduce new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series of amiibo at E3 this year.

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