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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
ゼルダの伝説 ブレス オブ ザ ワイルド
Zeruda no Densetsu: Buresu obu za Wairudo
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Box art for the Nintendo Switch version.
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Box art for the Wii U version.
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Category: Action-adventure
Players: 1
Predecessor: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
Successor: N/A
Release dates
Worldwide

March 3, 2017[1]

Ratings
ACB:

M[2]

CERO:

B

ESRB:

E10+[3]

PEGI:

12

USK:

12

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an open-world 3D installment in The Legend of Zelda series, released for both the Wii U as the final first-party title for the system[4] and as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch in March 2017[1]. Originally stated to be in development in 2013, the game was officially revealed at E3 2014 with a 2015 release window, but was delayed to 2016 due to new ideas being implemented during development, and was later delayed again to 2017 to launch on both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch. Like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds before it, the game's intended goal was to challenge the conventions of the series.

The game was released alongside a set of five amiibo. The Nintendo Switch version of the game also launched with two special editions. The standard Special Edition is packaged with a copy of the game, a full map of Hyrule, a Sheikah Slate carrying case for the Nintendo Switch system, a Sheikah Eye collectible coin, and a CD containing 24 songs from the game's soundtrack. The Master Edition, in addition to the Special Edition contents, also comes with a Master Sword of Resurrection statue.[5]

Contents

Blurb

Box

Answer the call

The shadow of Calamity Ganon rises over the ashes of Hyrule...

Craft your survival

Defend the legend

E3 2016 website

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.

Nintendo website

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 he Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series of amiibo at E3 this year.
Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

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 vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure.

Nintendo eShop (Nintendo Switch)

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 vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on Nintendo Switch, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like.

Story

At the beginning of the game, Link is awakened in a chamber by a voice beckoning to him. After leaving the cave, Link learns that he has been asleep for 100 years, after failing to stop a monster called Calamity Ganon, currently sealed inside Hyrule Castle by Princess Zelda. However, the Calamity Ganon's power continues to grow, and if not stopped it could destroy the entire world when it finally breaks free. Link's quest is ultimately to defeat Calamity Ganon and save both Hyrule and Zelda.[6]

Gameplay

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the first open-world game in The Legend of Zelda series since the original title, and the first such 3D title. Link is able to travel anywhere in the world at any time.

Rather than give Link a set of equipment at the start, the player must instead find weapons and clothing across the world, which alter Link's stats in various ways and can also grant various bonus effects. The weapons that the player can pick up include melee weapons and bows, which will break after a certain amount of uses. Materials can also be found across the world, which include food items that restore Link's health and other objects that can be used to upgrade items and equipment. Food can also be cooked to restore more health, and some recipes have added bonus effects.

Link can use the Sheikah Slate to look at the map and mark locations on it. Throughout the game the player can find Sheikah Towers, which increase the amount of the map that is filled in by giving him the map information for that region of Hyrule. The Sheikah Slate also gains various runes that can be used to interact with objects, such as using magnesis to pick up metal objects or using bombs. In some instances, the player will enter into slow-motion; using the bow in midair enters this state to more easily attack enemies, while leaping out of the way of an enemy attack allows the player to perform a Flurry Rush by repeatedly pressing the Y button. Enemies are also given a health bar.

Both versions of the game are compatible with amiibo. Scanning the Wolf Link amiibo once per day allows the player to summon Wolf Link into the game as a partner character; by default he has three hearts, which can be increased by saving Cave of Shadows data from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD onto it. By scanning other The Legend of Zelda amiibo, the player can unlock random items in the game, as well as a treasure chest with a rare item.[7]

The gameplay of Breath of the Wild is identical across both platforms, with the Nintendo Switch version only having a higher resolution and sound quality.[8]

Development

A new The Legend of Zelda title for Wii U was originally announced in the January 2013 Wii U Direct. Eiji Aonuma stated that the focus of development for this title was to "rethink the conventions of Zelda".[9] The first trailer for the new game was showcased during the Nintendo Digital Event @ E3 2014, where it was announced that the game would be released in 2015.[10] The first look at gameplay was showcased during The Game Awards 2014.[11]

In March 2015, Aonuma announced that, because the developers were still working on implementing new ideas, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was not set for release in 2015.[12] In the November 2015 Nintendo Direct, it was announced that the game would be released in 2016.[13] However, Nintendo's financial release for the 2015-2016 fiscal year revealed that the game had once again been delayed to 2017[14], as well as announcing that the game would be simultaneously released for both Wii U and Nintendo's next console, at the time codenamed "NX".[15]

Reception

Aggregate Scores
Metacritic 96 (Wii U)
97 (Nintendo Switch)
GameRankings 97.40% (Wii U)
97.26% (Nintendo Switch)
Reviews
Famitsu 40/40
IGN 10/10
GameSpot 10/10
Game Informer 10/10
Destructoid 10/10
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9.5/10

Breath of the Wild received high praise from critics at launch, with many review outlets giving the game a perfect score. Famitsu rated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a 40 out of 40 (all four reviewers giving the game a 10 out of 10)[16], the twenty-fourth game to be given a perfect score by the magazine. The UK magazine Edge, in its April 2017 issue, also rated the game a 10 out of 10, the nineteenth game in the publication's history to be given a perfect review score.[17]

In Japan, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold over 230,000 total copies within two days of its release; the Wii U release sold 45,052 copies, while the Nintendo Switch release sold 193,060 copies and was the best-selling game on the week of its debut.[18][19] While exact sales figures have not been provided, Reggie Fils-Aimé has stated that the Nintendo Switch version of Breath of the Wild has become the best-selling standalone launch title for a Nintendo console in North America, beating Super Mario 64.[20] NPD Group sales figures later revealed that the game sold 925,000 copies, while the Wii U sold 460,000, for a combined total of 1.3 million, making it not only the best-selling Nintendo launch title but also the fastest-selling game in The Legend of Zelda series and selling more games than Nintendo Switch systems.[21][22] The title performed similarly well in Europe, becoming the best-selling Nintendo launch title overall, surpassing Wii Sports.[23] In the UK market, the game debuted as the second best-selling game on the week of its release.[24] In France, the Nintendo Switch release sold over 96,000 copies, while the Wii U version sold over 34,000.[25]

Technical details

Technical Details
Media

Wii U Game Disc
Nintendo Switch Game Card
Digital download (Wii U, Nintendo Switch)

Download size

Wii U: 10.6 GB
Nintendo Switch: 13.6 GB

Supported features

Off-TV Play (Wii U), amiibo

Input / compatible controllers

Wii U: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller[26]
Nintendo Switch: Joy-Con[27], Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Additional content

Updates

Version Number Date Released Description
1.1.0 March 2, 2017[28] Adds "Downloadable Content" option to the main menu.
1.1.1 March 31, 2017 Gameplay adjustments.[29]
1.1.2 April 11, 2017 Gameplay adjustments.[30]
1.2.0 May 1, 2017 Adds a Language option to the main menu, gameplay adjustments.[31]

Downloadable content

For the first time in the main The Legend of Zelda series, this game will feature downloadable add-on content. Players can purchase the "Expansion Pass" to obtain downloadable content to be released later in the year. Two downloadable content packs will be released and are available for both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions, though players cannot purchase them separately.[32][33]

  • Expansion Pass Bonus (March 3, 2017): The bonus content for purchasing the expansion gives players three new treasure chests on the Great Plateau, which unlock new items and a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo.
  • The Master Trials (Summer 2017): Adds the Trial of the Sword challenge, adds Hard Mode, adds the Hero's Path map setting, adds the Travel Medallion, adds new equipment.[31]
  • DLC Pack 2 (Holiday 2017): Includes a new story, a new dungeon, and more challenges.

To enable the option to use the alternative subtitles and voice tracks in the Wii U version of the game, a separate downloadable content pack, the "Option to Change Voice Language" pack, must be downloaded.[31] The pack requires 834.7 MB to download.

Trivia

  • Early copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U featured incorrect controller information on the back of the box art, stating that, in addition to the Wii U GamePad and Wii U Pro Controller, the game can be played using the Wii Remote, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, and Classic Controller. The error was corrected for future printings.[34]

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