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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch
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The wait is nearly over. The game is being detailed left and right by the media,… the amiibo have been announced,… and the Nintendo Switch is imminent… The Legend of Zelda series has been a special one for Nintendo fans since it began and the next chapter starts on March 3rd, 2017.

A hero's tale begins anew.
Open your eyes and see what is true.

Fun Facts:
Vast open world where you could go find the end of the game within 15 minutes… but you won't survive it.
Weapons have stats and durability.
Climb pretty much anything you want.
Eat and cook to regain health.
Full voice-acting for all except Link

Lets use this thread to discuss the game on the Nintendo Switch. To help hold the tide of the wait, here are some beautiful screenshots and links for your perusal.

Negative World Threads:
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Game Informer Interview - Getting away from traditions and making dying fun

YouTube Videos of Interest
Nintendo Switch - Legend of Zelda 2017 Presentation Trailer
Nintendo E3 2016 Legend of Zelda BotW Trailer
Nintendo Switch Super Bowl LI Ad (2017)
Nintendo Switch Extended Superbowl LI Ad (2017)
The Legend of Zelda Art & Artifacts Book Tour – Nintendo Minute
Fan-Made Old-School Zelda Breath of the Wild Commercial

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01/29/17, 18:20    Edited: 02/12/17, 21:42
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I'm covering my eyes and ears and not looking at any other posts but wanted to share my illustration I did for a new avatar because of how much I'm enjoying Breath of the Wild and now I'm going to run away so as to avoid all the spoilers no doubt surrounding this post.

EDIT: Phew! First on a new page. I can relax until someone else posts. :P
03/14/17, 22:33   
Edited: 03/14/17, 22:34
Ganon Did It.
03/14/17, 22:37   

Ahh...was that the flameblade? That thing was awesome. Unfortunately I busted it. Honestly still getting used to these weapons getting broken, lol.
03/14/17, 22:37   
I need to pop my head in here and say that after playing 80 hours of it (and still going strong), this game is definitely the best game ever made. Simply fantastic.
03/14/17, 22:39   

What stinks is that the reverse doesn't seem to be working for my trip to Death Mountain.

I was hoping my Frostblade would counter the heat there. Nope. The second I cross that invisible barrier around the volcano...


There's an elixir that solves my problem (I think) but I don't want to be chugging bottles my entire time. Clearly I need something a bit more efficient. I'll go explore the rest of the map first before trying again.
03/14/17, 22:48   

Have you visited the Rito group or done that particular Divine Beast?

What happens there for the cold may happen for the heat too similarly. I'm about to head to that hot area soon so I'll find out.
03/14/17, 23:22   
My prediction came true and merely standing the fuck around in this game is one of the best games of all time.

I entered a new area and it once again shocked me how almost instantly in the transition to this new area I see new wildlife. I just stood around and wandered a bit, moved the camera around, equipped different armor and weapons, and gawked at the majesty within this game.

Just standing still, and this game is one of the top games of all time. And that was just fucking *transitioning* from standard grass lands to more mountainous/desert. I can't wait til I'm IN the desert. The Desert and Death Mountain are the two regions I've dreamed of for years already.

But, I'm gonna try and save those two for last so elsewhere I go. Maybe in several tens of hours I'll see them in full.

The size of this world is awe inspiring. I've seen at best 15%.
03/15/17, 00:23   
@MasterSandman II

Yeah, if you have that equipped, it will raise your body temperature and allow you to travel in the level two cold areas if you're also wearing the warm doublet.


Well that's disappointing. I haven't been to any of those areas yet, so I was hoping that would work when I finally got there.
03/15/17, 02:48   
I am still working on exploring fully the deep cold mountains of the North-West and it's quite rewarding. This is an area that's a true test of Link's endurance and shrine-searching skills.
03/15/17, 03:41   
No one else has been to the Death Mountain area yet? Well, can't say I blame ya--I went there relatively early in my quest and it was tough! But it was also fun and rewarding. I conquered that place with my boy Link.

I gotta say, I love how this game handles the Gerudo race. They're so cool now! And Hylians now feel like the shortest race of all of them by a long shot. Every non-Hylian in this game is a towering obelisk.

@J.K. Riki

*gasp* But what will Snipperclips think!? Scandalous!
03/15/17, 04:25   
Just posting my stats at the moment for memory's sake…. as I just received a very important piece of equipment

56 Shrines Completed.
Two and 2/5th's Stamina Wheel
13 Heart Containers
78 Korok Seeds Collected
2,269 Rupees on hand
Three Divine Beasts Resolved


It's my last area. I was headed there after the desert but my girlfriend talked me into investigating the Rito tribe and I ended up spending a lot of time there and north of there. Heading to Death Mountain tomorrow.

The Gerudo are okay I suppose. I liked the main one you need to work with but the race is so sexist! lol They often have a stick up their butts but still, I like how it was handled anyway. Historically they've been anti-male by their very nature so I get it. I liked being north of there with the more optimistic tribe of creatures.
03/15/17, 04:28   
Edited: 03/15/17, 04:32
I wish there were a Korok sensor, those little buggers can be tough to find!
03/15/17, 04:39   
@Mop it up

I'm thinking there may be something like that much later in the game...I could be wrong though.

No-one that far ahead tell me either way.
03/15/17, 04:43   

Just wrapped up most of that area tonight. There's a shrine I couldn't get to, but other than that me and Vah Rudania are ready for battle.

I did a quick recon of the desert around Gerudo yesterday. Got stomped on by Vah Naboris. I kind of suspect that one is going to have to be the last Divine Beast I conquer. As for the people around that area, They seem kind of like New Yorkers, so far. "Stop Wasting my time!" I dig it.
03/15/17, 06:43   
Edited: 03/15/17, 06:44
Well, I beat the game, had about 18% completion and go that up to 22% tonight after looking around for more stuff. Though it doesn't account for everything for some reason, only these things count apparently: clearing the divine beasts, korok seeds, shrine discovery, location discovery

Kinda odd that a lot of stuff doesn't count towards that percentage. I found that out here: http://www.ign.com/wikis/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild/100_Percent_Completion_Checklist

Maybe that's what the new map feature is going to include once that DLC comes along? That'd be kinda weird though.

I still need to find all the memories so I can get the true ending.

The game is still super fun to just explore and find everything even after beating it. So I don't think I'll be stopping anytime soon. I want to try to 100% this game, but it'll be tough.
03/15/17, 09:15   
Edited: 03/15/17, 09:16
The "flyover" regions have proven to be really dense with secrets, I think even more so than the regions with major towns/dungeons/etc. Each of the regions that don't seem to have any major story stuff associated with them I've spent quite a bit of time exploring, and making a lot of worthwhile discoveries. I've been spending the last couple of nights in the southeast.


I did that area second. Definitely tougher than Zora's Domain and Rito Village parts. It's probably the weakest of the three Divine Beast areas I've done so far, though in general I don't care much for lava levels and in past Zelda games this has usually been among my least-favorite areas. As far as just exploring the world for secrets, it's the area I've gone back to the least.


75 Shrines Completed.
Two and 4/5th's Stamina Wheel
15 Heart Containers
125 Korok Seeds Collected
~10,000(!) Rupees on hand
Three Divine Beasts Resolved
7 Memories Recovered

Been working at getting most/all of my armor upgraded to level 2. Inching my way southwest towards the Gerudo region.
03/15/17, 12:40   
Edited: 03/15/17, 12:47
kriswright said:

I've said my piece before about my dislike of the 100 point rating system and how I think it's foolish to try to buck the system and "use more" of the 100 point scale by rating good games lower. If a 7 is still a good score for Sterling then my complaint also includes the quixotic idea that a 7 is a good score when everyone who has ever read video game reviews knows it isn't.

There is a reason that in something like quality of life or pain research, NO 100 point scales have granularity where participants are expected to select a number. They'd use a VAS (visual analog scale) where subjects mark their response on a 10cm / 100mm line, and the number is obtained via measurement. Or they'd do something like a 11 point scale (0-10) where the anchors responses are defined. Or they'll use a 5 to 7 point Likert scale where each option has a definition.

It's because rating an individual thing on an explicit 100 point scale is useless for getting meaningful data as you cannot possibly provide 100 cogent definitions for each of them that ascend meaningfully. Selecting a number from 1-100 for a rating is an exercise in garbage data collection, which is why nobody uses it for research, and why it is occasionally used for armchair criticism. It has low validity and reliability.
03/15/17, 19:12   
So the DLC dungeon, do you guys think it will be standalone or like worked into the world somehow? I think it'd be way cooler if you downloaded the dungeon and it was actually placed in the world somewhere.
03/15/17, 19:23   
Edited: 03/15/17, 19:23

There's certainly enough space for it to be worked into the game. I'd be disappointed if it was just something you selected from the menu.
03/15/17, 19:49   
@Zero They said it will have a new story so I am kid of expecting it to be a larger dungeon that is a throw back to some old games.
03/15/17, 22:53   
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