A couple of days back, it finally happened. The entirety of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild was leaked online, with hundreds playing it early thanks to ROMs and shared review copies.
And embargoes be damned, this leak just blew the floodgates off. We had the whole soundtrack posted online. Every item icon and costume was data mined from the game within a matter of hours. Either way, anyone looking for information was quickly buried under too many sources at once. The sheer quantity of people playing it early and sharing their thoughts just made it impossible to find out any one thing in particular.
So to clear things up, we’ve decided to write a summary of a lot. A long, detailed article going into every bit of information we know about Breath of the Wild from the leaks, videos and message boards dedicated to it across the internet.
Hence here it is. The definitive overview of everything important you’ll see in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.
Just be warned about spoilers okay? Because this articlecovers a crap ton of things Nintendo likely didn’t intend for anyone to know til long after the game was released…
Oh boy, Nintendo isn’t going to like this very much. Because as the title up there suggests, the entirety of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild has now been leaked online. In other words, anyone with no morals and a Wii U can download and play the game right now, as well as post everything remaining in the title on YouTube or other video sharing sites.
As a result of this, spoilers are now rampant online. You’ve got a guy on the Zelda Reddit doing an AMA for the game. A certain YouTube music uploader has now posted the songs for Hyrule Castle on his account. And well, sites like GBATemp and 4chan are now in meltdown. Cause of all the morons begging for downloads.
It’s absolutely insanity, and Nintendo’s worst nightmare to boot. We do get some good music:
And spoiler hounds do get some early info. But for the rest of us? Yeah, it’s time to get off the internet. Because now the entire game is out there and people are making videos of it right now.
Back in the olden days when Pokemon Red and Blue were new, there was one rumour you saw everywhere. This rumour was about a special truck found on a dock near the SS Anne, with the idea being that if you went there with Surf and Strength, you can move said truck and find Mew underneath..
Unfortunately, it was false. The truck wouldn’t move with Strength, and Mew was nowhere to be seen. Mew was not under that truck.
Well, until now that is. Because thanks to a bit of technical trickery, the Mew under the truck rumour has now been made true! Yes really! It’s now possible to get a Mew in the one location everyone (rightly) considered impossible for years.
So how this is possible?
Well, through a modified save file virus, that’s how. Remember that story we ran a while back about a ‘virus’ save game? The one that could replace your save data if you traded with it?
The same thing is in play here. Thanks to a bit of custom code, you can now give someone the ability to find Mew under the truck simply by trading with them. Here’s the original video about it by the coder, MrCheeze:
As you can see, it works perfectly, doesn’t affect anything else in the game and cannot be ‘blocked’ by the other player at all. So yeah, now you can basically ROM hack someone’s game through a special virus save file and change the content without them knowing about it.
And this opens up some very interesting possibilities. Like say, using a hacked save file to insert a Buried Alive battle into their game, thus making a creepypasta come true. Or recreating Pokemon Black and White 2’s difficulty trading. You know, where you can trade someone easy or hard mode. That kind of thing is now possible in Red and Blue.
So yeah, it’s a great trick really. And now it can be used to make your childhood dreams (or nightmares) come true!
Pokemon Red/Blue Virus 2.0, and the Mew that was hiding under the truck all along
For a while now, people have been datamining the code for Breath of the Wild. They’ve found costumes based on past games. They’ve analysed the enemies you’ll be finding along the way. And now, it seems something else has been found in the code too.
Namely, references to a couple of unreleased Amiibo! Here’s a Source Gaming video about it that discusses this discovery:
So what are these Amiibo anyway? Well, basically, they’re different versions of Link and Zelda from other Zelda games. For example, you’ve got entries in the game’s code for ‘30th_Link_Takt’, ‘30th_Link_Twilight’ and ‘30th_Link_Skyward’. Which as you can probably guess, seem to imply that Amiibo based on Link’s Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword designs will be compatible with the game.
However, it doesn’t end there. Oh no, as well as 30th anniversary Link Amiibo, we also seem to have this interesting ‘name’ too. ‘King_Zelda_Doctor’.
Yeah, I don’t know what this means either. Does it imply we’ll get a doctor or nurse version of Princess Zelda as an Amiibo? Why would that be a thing given the game’s content?
It doesn’t really make sense to be honest. Unless maybe Zelda here refers to the series and not the character. It’s not likely (given the name format), but it’s the only thing I can think of short of a Dr Mario style spinoff title.
But still, it seems like we’ll be getting some new Zelda Amiibo somewhere down the line none the less. So go and post your thoughts on them here or on social media, and make sure to subscribe to Source Gaming while you’re at it too. They’d certainly appreciate it!
3 New Zelda Amiibo Confirmed (Source Gaming on YouTube)
It’s almost regular as clockwork now, isn’t it? Every time there’s a major release, there’s one retailer or another breaking street date and selling it early.
And this time around, it’s Media Markt. Who as you can see below, are clearly selling Zelda Breath of the Wild early:
So watch out for spoilers now. Because if we learnt anything from past releases, it’s that early games almost always get leaked online in some manner or another. Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen here!