Why Breath of The Wild is The Ultimate Zelda Game

Breath of The Wild has been out and about for almost a month and within that time frame it has changed the way we perceive Zelda games forever. Formula’s changed, dungeons have changed, and there’s even voice acting for crying out loud. Yet despite all that, Breath of The Wild is probably the most Zelda game we’ve played in ages.

The Ocarina Legacy

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There’s no denying that Ocarina of Time is what many fans refer to as the base of what makes 3D Zelda games work. Tropes such as collecting X amount of artifacts or items to progress the story, or unlocking weapons that equally serve as tools in solving puzzles. There’s just that feeling we got used to when playing 3D Zelda games which up until now we thought would never go away. Breath of The Wild finally did something crazy and changed things up.

For one it feels different. This is akin to going from riding a bike to a Harley. There are so many new things to get adjusted to and for many this has led to frustrating moments of players not having their expectations met.

Around the web I constantly see posts saying “this is not a Zelda game”. This has been attributed to the lack of “proper dungeons” “weapon durability” or the fact you have to “walk a lot with no proper guidance”. Yet despite those criticisms, all of which can be justifiable in their own way, Breath of Wild tries its best to become THE Zelda game. The ultimate one in fact that manages to not only stay true to its 8-bit formula but also pay homage to all Zelda games before it.

Zelda Juice

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Breath of The Wild is a cocktail of Zelda games. The visuals pay tribute to Wind Waker’s art style, the chosen hero is no doubt a call back to the epic quest of Ocarina of Time (and most Zelda games), the apocalyptic themes match those we’ve seen in Majora’s Mask—it carries all these elements and yet manages to bind them together seamlessly.

Least of all we can’t forget how the open world design is no doubt paying tribute to the original Zelda game that started it all. Being lost and discovering is part of the experience of what made that game so thrilling.

You Are The Story

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Zelda plotlines have always been a subject of debates. Some have criticized them for following the same route. Nintendo was aware of that and rather than recycling the formula we’re give a chance to explore the world and make it our own story.

The best example to this is the Master Sword. You can literally beat the game without even knowing where it exists, but by walking around and talking to people you hear of a rumor that a sword of great legends is someone in a forest. You eventually discover this forest on your own along with the sword. This can be done quite literally at the beginning of the game. This is a sharp contrast to the linear narrative the player had to go through in previous Zelda games just to eventually get it via a cutscene. But by discovering yourself, the Master Sword ends having more meaning to you as you went through the trouble of finding it on your own without following an objective marker.

This is one of the reasons I loved the TriForce hunting in Wind Waker as you’re not given exact directions, well except for some. The ones that involved talking to people and figuring things out is where the real fun of adventure was found.

The Future is Looking Bright

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Many 3D Zelda purists (yes, that’s a thing now) will disagree and find that 3D Zelda games should go back to the Ocarina formula. But that honestly would be a big step back. In fact, I don’t know how I will go back to those games. Breath of The Wild has spoiled me to the point that I don’t think I will take any of the previous 3D Zelda games seriously. It has set a new standard that it so high I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

Just like what Ocarina of Time did, Nintendo has managed to lay a solid foundation for future Zelda games. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Zelda Breath of The Wild Leaked Online

Beware of spoilers as the latest Zelda game is out in the wild (at least digitally). While some may think this is due to copies getting sold early in Europe, the leak actually came from Nintendo’s servers.

Various tools online are capable of grabbing items from the official Nintendo servers including the ticket file which is used to fool Wii U’s into thinking you own the game. Even though the files were live for a fraction, users were able to not only pull the ticket files but the day one update as well (which is estimated to be around 2-3 GB).

Breath of The Wild is expected to launch this Friday for both Wii U and Switch, so until then it’s best to surf the web carefully to avoid spoilers.

Zelda Breath of The Wild Running on The Switch is Surreal

President of Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aimé, and Miyamoto revealed some footage of Breath of The Wild running on the Switch live on Jimmy Fallon last night. No bullshit or trailers, just straight up raw gameplay.

Gameplay starts at 6:00 in case you don’t care about Mario Run.

I’m kind of in a state of disbelief. It’s crazy to think that this is running in real-time. On a handheld.

The Nintendo Switch comes out next March.

Nintendo Switch Will Have GameCube Support

The Nintendo Switch will add GameCube to its virtual console catalogue according to EuroGamer. The first three games expected to work will be Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

GameCube support is already tested and working, we understand, and three Nintendo games have already been prepped for Switch.

Those games are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

The Wii U missed an opportunity by not allowing GameCube support then again it couldn’t thanks to the lack of analog triggers. This made games like Super Mario Sunshine pretty much unplayable. This confirms that the Switch will indeed have analog triggers which is definitely a plus.

 

New Zelda Breath of The Wild Trailer and Gameplay Video Revealed

Nintendo has released two new footage of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

First up is a new trailer which finally features some towns and people. More importantly we get to see what appears to be a female Link? A twin sister?  People have speculated that this could also be Zelda so we’ll see.

The next is a let’s play video running on the Wii U version. It’s more of the good stuff with the addition of introducing a new race of bird people who share a striking resemblance to the Rito from Wind Waker.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is currently scheduled for March though a recent rumor suggests that it could be delayed as far June.

Wii U Emulator is Basically Perfect

When I first heard of Cemu, the Wii U PC emulator, I was thinking to myself “that’s gonna take a while…like 5 years to get anything basic running”. I was wrong.

As consoles get more advanced, emulating them becomes more of a hassle as you’d need to take into accounts lots of data such as cell processing. Yet despite it only being a few years in development, Cemu managed to somehow pull it off with near perfect results.

The first game you’ll see is Mario Kart 8 running on the latest version of Cemu.

And here’s Wind Waker HD which demonstrates switching screens to use the gamepad.

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Super Smash Bros 4

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I have to say I’m quite blown away by all this. Granted it’s not perfect (Super Smash 4 is choppy) but in comparison, Dolphin took years to gain this level of stability. Granted Dolphin is now a way more advanced emulator than Cemu which playes both Wii and Gamecube. All in all though this is good stuff. But there’s still ways to go as of right now Cemu doesn’t support high resolutions such as 4K.