‘The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’ Videos Have Fun With Arrows, Melee Weapons

The Legend of Zelda series has always given Link a multitude of tools to utilize, and the upcoming Breath of the Wild for the Wii U and Nintendo NX is no different. Nintendo of America shared a video this weekend demonstrating the different types of arrows available to the latest iteration of the hero when he is fighting off bad guys.

Nintendo of America shared the brief 42-second video via its official Twitter account. It shows Link rotating through four different types of arrows. There is the standard arrow, the fire arrow, the ice arrow, and the bomb arrow.

Obviously, each arrow has its own purpose. While the standard arrow can be used to damage enemies, Nintendo also showed how it can be used to solve environmental puzzles. In this case, it is used to cut the ropes holding up a ram to a small Moblin tree fort.

The video also demonstrates how The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild players will be able to switch between arrows to setup unique combos. The bomb arrow obviously causes explosions while the fire arrow alone can set an enemy and the ground around its feet ablaze. Meanwhile, the ice arrow can freeze an enemy in place. However, Link can freeze enemies with the ice arrow and then cause them to evaporate into the air with a fire arrow.

Fans are still quite a way from the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being released. This video at least sets the stage for different weapon combinations that can be used to keep combat fresh and interesting.

Other weapons in Link’s repertoire include swords, axes, clubs, hammers, and even special weapons, like a fire rod. A previous video shared by Nintendo’s Twitter account also showed these weapons and their different attacks in action.

Some of the weapons are unique and will serve different purposes. For example, the Bokoblin Arm acts as a club and is apparently an excellent choice against skeletons similar to other dungeon-style games. Link will be able to upgrade, take, and craft his own weapons as players progress through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Life.

This progression system extends to Link’s armor as well. Videos shared at E3 in June of this year showed Link starting out with basic cloth and eventually reaching full plate armor. Different armor will have different uses, however, as the hero wouldn’t necessarily be safe diving into water with full metal armor.

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.

Dungeons are also scattered around the game world, requiring the magical book to enter via a shrine. There are more than 100 shrines littered throughout the land and can be tackled in any order. Conquering a dungeon will lead to loot like special items that will help Link on his journey.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo NX, Wii U)
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The ultimate goal is to defeat the Calamity Ganon. This evil force laid waste to Hyrule 100 years ago before it was sealed away within the ruins of Hyrule Castle. The Calamity Ganon has grown in power over the years, though, and Link has been awakened from a deep sleep to defeat it in a now sparse, almost uninhabited land.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is due out around the same time as the launch of the Nintendo NX console. Nintendo is targeting March, 2017, as the release date for its next console.

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