Ah, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A game that always seems so close, yet so far away. This feature, currently named Hyrule Weekly (until I find a better, more pun-filled name), will be looking at a different part of the much-anticipated Zelda game on Wii U each time it posts.
This first entry will look at all the reveals for the game so far. This will be added to over time, so that you always have a resource to come back to to check out. When you are pining for the game (again), you have this place to help you out (or make that pining worse, I guess)!
We had been waiting so long. E3 2014 was upon us. It was finally time to see what the proper Wii U Zelda game looked like. When Eiji Aonuma clicked his fingers and we finally saw THAT shot of the world… well, it didn’t disappoint. Which for fans with expectations as high as Zelda fans, is pretty impressive.
There were a good few screens that came out of this reveal, too. Check some out below!
The Game Awards 2014
This one was quite a surprise, at least for me personally. I tried – I really did try – to stay awake for the whole of The Game Awards, but in the end sleep defeated me and I missed the big Zelda reveal. When I woke up and heard the news, I was straight on it and checked out he footage.
The lack of full screen footage didn’t really help the game out here, but just seeing the open world taking shape was enough for me. Oh, and horses that don’t run into trees. Genius.
Nintendo Direct (12/11/15)
In this Nintendo Direct, we got the official reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. However, towards the end of said reveal, we also got another little taste of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U! This magnificent shot of -presumably – Link riding through a field on Epona comes with a 2016 date for the game. It’s not much, but it’ll keep us going for a while!
Check out some shots from the trailer below (and check out Hyrule Weekly’s analysis of the footage!):
The next major reveal of information on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was at E3 2016. Prior to the massive drop of footage at the event, Nintendo released a tantalising image to whet our appetites…
Right, let’s get into the meat of Zelda at E3 2016. We learned quite a bit about the newly-named The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here; Nintendo’s Treehouse Live livestream began by showing a new trailer for the game:
Before we get into the frankly ridiculous amount of videos Nintendo released on Breath of the Wild, enjoy some lovely images – starting with the gorgeous key art:
Next up, have some screenshots!
Whew. All that, and we’ve still got a lot left to cover! With so many videos from Nintendo’s livestream, we’re gonna group them for quick and easy viewing. Here we go!
Shrine of Trials
Features – Weapons, Combat, Hunting, Gathering
Links to The Legend of Zelda on the NES
Video of the Livestream
The Game Awards 2016
Two years after that first gameplay demo at The Game Awards in 2014, the 2016 edition of the show had not only an intriguing new World Premiere trailer, but also a look at a brand new piece of gameplay (seen being played on the Wii U).
Nintendo Switch Presentation
Nintendo’s big showing for the upcoming Nintendo Switch, launching March 3rd, ended with a spectacular trailer showing off more of the world, story and characters – including a substantial look at Zelda herself. The game is a launch game for the Nintendo Switch, as well as releasing on Wii U.
Nintendo Switch Super Bowl Trailer
Nintendo promoted the Nintendo Switch at the Super Bowl ahead of its March 3rd release, and launch title Breath of the Wild appeared prominently in the trailer. With the track Believer by Imagine Dragons as backing, it’s a well put-together video that effectively showcases the ability of the Switch to switch (ba-dum tish) between its different methods of play. The Extended Cut of the trailer, which has a spotlight on other games like 1-2-Switch, is also below:
The following trailer is from the official Japanese site for Breath of the Wild. The YouTube video here is via Gematsu – bear in mind that it lacks music, so it might be worth checking out the full version.
Japanese TV Spot
This TV spot for Breath of the Wild was released in late February, and features a few new clips. Link diving off a mountain is pretty spectacular.
Whew. That’s all for now, but as I said, keep checking back here for the latest information on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. How long until I can play it, again?