Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer.

Get hyped: next Legend of Zelda game has finally received a trailer with a significant amount of gameplay and feature previews. From the appearance of things, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild it looks like it will live up to some very high expectations.

The 2017 Nintendo game, which will be released on both Wii U and the as-yet unnamed Nintendo NX system, features an apparent Link hero traversing a massive, colorful world in many ways, including on horseback, parasailing and Tomb Raider-like cliff scale. Our hero undertakes many new activities in a trailer run time of only three minutes. Most notably, Link gets his very first one Grand Theft AutoManeuver in style: hijack a rogue horse after sneaking up to it in tall grass.

Link is also seen wielding new types of main weapons, including a pair of staves and a strangely stylized sword that resembles an axe. He has even been seen putting together different ingredients to prepare dishes. Solving puzzles via environmental kicks and magical ice block formations, not to mention some gargantuan baddies and a long look at the series’ famed Master Sword, round out the trailer’s most chilling moments.

Get that horse, Link.  That's your horse, now.
Enlarge / Get that horse, Link. That’s your horse, now.

Nintendo

Nintendo has a lot to offer on its next Legend of Zelda game, including being the company’s only playable game on this year’s E3 show floor. This trailer should hopefully ease the pain of the game’s recent delay from this fall to next year. While it was previously announced that the game would launch on two systems, the trailer makes no mention of the Wii U or the Nintendo NX, though we don’t believe that means we shouldn’t expect a cancellation on either.

Update: Nintendo’s YouTube channel debuted shortly after the debut of this real-time gameplay trailer, explaining some more details about the game. First, this will be the first Zelda game to allow you to switch both shirt and pant armor options at will, and the game developers suggested that fans can only play the entire game dressed in Link’s underpants. The demo saw Link freely climbing cliffs, rock faces, and trees, boosted by the series’ first dedicated jump button (meaning you can jump right away, rather than needing an item like in the series’ Game Boy entries).

In the demo, Link collected a variety of weapons, items, and edible food, and in a major twist for the series, each weapon pickup in the demo displayed a numerical strength rating. Zelda games have never bothered collecting loot before, though the demo didn’t clarify whether players would ever be hampered by backpack restrictions; However, this early mission’s weapons broke repeatedly, so Link had to pick up enemies’ spears and clubs on a regular basis. In addition to those numerical ratings, certain weapons can perform exclusive actions, such as the power of axes to chop down trees. One battle included a “flurry rush” move where Link taps an attack button over and over to repeatedly stab an enemy frozen in time.

List image by Nintendo

By akfire1

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