The stylish new Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo NX and Wii U was showcased during Nintendo’s E3 livestream on Tuesday. The game is officially titled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and a new gameplay trailer shows a completely different kind of Zelda game both in content and tone.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer opens with shots of the different and diverse open-world locations that will be available to explore. The exact size of the world is not known yet but looks like Nintendo’s most ambitious setting yet.
Link does not make an appearance until a minute into the trailer and immediately demonstrates his new abilities. He’ll be able to jump off cliffs hang glide, sneak through the high grass, and climb trees, walls, and mountains. He can also use the environment to his advantage. He chops down a tree at one point to cross a chasm, sets fire to a grassland area, shoots down a beehive to attack enemies, and rolls a boulder down a hill to crush others. Along the way, he can tame horses to ride, hunt for food, fish, and cook.
A book that rides on Link’s hip also gives him a new set of abilities in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Life. He can use it to manipulate the world around him by creating water pedestals or even dumping a large wooden plank on enemies.
Our hero can also equip different weapons and armor. He appears to start with just the basic clothing seen in many of the videos but later upgrades to full metal armor. He can also be seen using the sword, shield, axe, spear, and bow.
Dungeons are also scattered around the game world, requiring the magical book to enter. It’s currently unknown how this mechanic will work. A demon-like creature swirling around a castle is also seen at one point, suggesting the main enemy beyond the four-legged machines. Could Ganondorf return?
The world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shown in the trailer feels quite empty initially. There are creatures and enemies, but where are the people? The official description from the YouTube trailer helps explain this takes place in a different time where the kingdom of Hyrule now lies in ruins.
“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.”
The future Hyrule setting of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was confirmed at the end of the trailer. The Master Sword is seen sitting in stone, rusted and unused after who knows how many years.
One thing not mentioned is whether the trailer for the newest The Legend of Zelda is being run on the Nintendo NX or Wii U. Nintendo has elected not to show its next console during E3 2016 as it plans to release it by March 2017.
Details on the Nintendo NX are understandably light at the time. Rumors have suggested a home console/handheld hybrid along with much powerful hardware. Meanwhile, patents suggested a unique controller and even possibly no disk drive included.
Expect to see more details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during E3. It is Nintendo’s primary game during this year’s convention and will be featured during livestreams over the next couple of days.
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