Today, Nintendo held a presentation about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild at the Game Developers Conference 2017. Focused on reinventing the series and taking advantage of the new hardware, this presentation was a chance for Nintendo to show the game design lessons they’d learn while making the new game for the Switch.
You know, all typical things you’d expect to see at a game design event.
But as we know, Nintendo likes to do a bit more than ‘what’s typical’. And so they showed us something else that was quite interesting in said GDC presentation. Namely, Link and Ganon as characters in a modern day world!
No, we’re not joking. Somewhere in Nintendo’s concept art collection, they had designs showing Link as a modern teen and Ganondorf as a heavy metal fan. Here are the pictures if you want to see them for yourself:
As you can see, they’re certainly different from what you’d expect in the Zelda series. I mean, yeah, Zelda did always have a few futuristic elements. And games like Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild have put a bit more focus on those.
Yet Nintendo’s designs go even further than that. They seem to imply that at one time Nintendo was actually considering a cyberpunk Legend of Zelda game. A full on futuristic title with Link stopping Ganon in a modern day setting. Like say, the old rumoured Valley of the Flood game that went around the internet a few years back.
And things get more interesting still. Why? Because the artwork shown by Nintendo in their tweet doesn’t actually picture all of their futuristic concepts for Link. Instead, there’s one more they didn’t show. Which is featured here:
Yeah, it’s basically Link in Samus Aran style power armour. This opens up a lot of interesting possibilities for game design, to an even greater extent than the drastic setting/design change hinted at above. Like say, a game with some of the mechanics from Metroid implemented in a Zelda type open world.
There’s also a few hints at other sci-fi themes being tested for the Zelda series too. Like the title concept of ‘Hyrule Wars’ (obviously referencing Star Wars) and ‘Legend of Zelda Invasion’ (based on an alien attack)
Either way, it’s some really interesting concept art, and it makes me want to see what a futuristic Zelda game actually could be like. Maybe that cyberpunk Zelda game concept isn’t as unbelievable as we originally thought after all!
But still, what do you think? Do you find these artworks intriguing? And how do you think they could have got a modern or futuristic Zelda game working?
Post your thoughts here or on social media today!
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.
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!