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.
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!
Earlier today, I visited the London Nintendo Switch preview event. Set in the Tanner Warehouse in South London and hosted with 2 hour sessions, the event let Nintendo fans try out various Switch games a week prior to their official release in the region.
And being the dedicated Nintendo fan I am, I decided to attend. So here are my thoughts on the event, the games I played there and what Nintendo Switch I may decide to buy in the foreseeable future!
So first things first, what did I think of the event itself?
Well for the most part, it was pretty good. I mean sure, it wasn’t exactly some big fan fest like at Comic Con or EGX or what not (and no one there was cosplaying as their favourite Nintendo character or anything like that), but the atmosphere was pleasant, the venue was decent enough inside and everyone was generally polite enough that I never had any issues with sore losers or bad sportsmanship.
What I was not such a fan of however was the location. Put simply, it was way too far out of the way for something like this. It was in London, sure. But it was in a part of South London that few people would really visit on a regular basis. This means that even finding the event location was a bit of a hassle for me, and I don’t think I would have been too confident to go there at night either (especially not with Google Maps’ questionable route guidance). So while the event itself was good, I kind of wish Nintendo had located it in a more ‘central’ part of London. Maybe in one of the more tourist focused areas or something.
So the event was good. But what about the games? Did they live up to the hype?
Mario Kart 8
Yes, with my first game of the day (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) being a prime example. The racing is fun, the new characters are good (I used King Boo in my second race) and new additions like the double item boxes work fine too.
Really, it’s as good as ever. Yet as great as that is, there’s just one problem here. A minor problem, but a problem none the less:
We only get to try out vs races.
That’s really odd for this game. Why? Because the vs races (as fantastic as they are) are not really where Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shines. I mean yes, the new characters and item mechanics are okay. And yes, having all the DLC included by default is a nice touch.
But the best part of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the revamped battle mode. Where you can fight others on retro arenas like Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1. Or try out a revised version of Bob-omb Blast from Mario Kart: Double Dash.
That’s the big reason to buy the game if you have it on Wii U. The thing that’s most likely going to be what seals the deal for me.
Yet it wasn’t available today. So the bit I was most excited to try out wasn’t present at the event.
Still, can’t complain too much. After all, the game was as good as ever, and it does look like a title I’ll be buying in future. Just wish I could try out a bit more of the game’s new features, that’s all.
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Moving on now, my next game was The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.
Well okay, kind of. You see when we came into the event, we all got a card like this. It had our ‘demo’ time for Breath of the Wild on it, with the assumption being that anyone who missed their slot would have to try again at the end of the day.
And mine was for 2:50. So while I was technically waiting for another game at the time it was called (ARMS), I wisely decided to rush over to the Zelda demo instead. Cause hey, only a complete moron would go to a Nintendo Switch event and decide not to play the console’s biggest launch title while they were there.
Either way, one quick show of the ticket (to a staff member dressed exactly like Link in Breath of the Wild), and I was off to play the demo. So what was it like? Did it live up to my hype?
Oh yes. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (from what I played) was an amazing game.
It started off with the usual introduction at the Shrine of Resurrection. I watched Link wake up from his centuries in extended animation, before quickly grabbing some new clothing and rushing out into the Great Plateau like in the E3 demo.
Moving on from there, it was off to the usual route. Go down the path to the right, encounter the old man (after ‘stealing his apple’), then grab the axe and go enemy hunting. A few Bokoblins down later (which gave me a free club and bow to go with the axe), and that’s pretty much the extent of the demo. Yeah, it wasn’t exactly a huge taste of the game.
But it was enough of a taste to tell me that yes, I do want to buy Breath of the Wild when it’s released. The game looks amazing, the game controls amazing, and well, from what I’ve seen in the trailers and previews for it, the game gets ten times better the minute you leave the Great Plateau as well. A true Nintendo Switch classic all round, and perhaps the most enjoyable game of all at today’s event.