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E3 2021: Breath of the Wild 2 Gets Footage

Posted on June 15, 2021 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo first revealed the sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild two years ago at E3 2019. Now, we’ve finally got a fresh look at the title thanks to this morning’s Nintendo Direct. We still don’t have any details about the title’s narrative but we did get a look at some really cool new toys for Link.

It looks like regardless of however much time has passed between Breath of the Wild and its sequel, Link has either replaced his right arm with a sweet Shieka cyber arm OR he’s got a cool new gauntlet. Either way this new piece of kit allows him to cast abilities like the magnetic power frotyzm the first game without using a Sheika Slate. He just holds up his hand towards an object and the power activates. It seems that he is also able to use the new arm/gauntlet to WARP THROUGH OBJECTS. Literally phasing through them, Kitty Pryde style. It’s not known if this ability is only used at designated points, within designated types of terrains or has other restrictions.

In terms of locations.. it looks like Ganon’s castle…. is bleeding? I’m no expert on castles but I’m pretty sure that is not normal. We also got confirmation of a new location – islands that float above Hyrule in the sky!

Breath of the Wild 2 is confirmed for a 2022 release on Nintendo Switch. As we all know, the COVID pandemic does mean that games can miss their target dates.

Watch the trailer below.


Nintendo unveils upcoming Black Friday deals

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Jason Nason

With the turn of the calendar everyone’s attention will turn from Halloween to Thanksgiving in the United States. And that will ultimately lead to Black Friday and the annual sales that come with it.

The deals from Nintendo include two a pair of items.

The first is a Link green Nintendo 2DS system that comes pre-installed with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D game pre-installed. The bundle will be available at a suggested retail price of only $79.99 USD.

The second is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Explorer’s Edition, a bundle that includes the critically acclaimed and award-winning Nintendo Switch game, a 100-page explorer’s guide and a two-sided map at a suggested retail price of $59.99 USD. The Expansion Pass, which is composed of The Master Trials and The Champion’s Ballad DLC, is not included as part of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Explorer’s Edition.


Nintendo will also have a few other bundles available, some of which are in stores now and some in stores soon.

“Between Nintendo Switch, Super NES Classic Edition, all the systems in the Nintendo 3DS family and all of the fun games available for these systems, shoppers will have multiple options for their wish lists this year,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our Black Friday deals are a great value for people looking to pick up gifts for the Nintendo fans in their lives.”

  • Nintendo Switch bundle which includes a download code for Super Mario Odyssey, Mario-themed red Joy-Con controllers, and a special carrying case for $379.99 USD.
  • A white-and-red Nintendo 2DS system pre-loaded with New Super Mario Bros. 2 game at $79.99 USD (now available).
  • A white-and-orange New Nintendo 2DS XL at $149.99 USD (now available).
  • A Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL at $159.99 USD (launches November 3rd).
  • A special edition of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 that includes a sound selection CD, a special metal game case and a 220-page hard-bound art book at $99.99 USD. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller themed around Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be available at $74.99 USD (both launch December 1st).


Nintendo Switch OS V4.0 Adds Video Capture For Select Titles

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

The latest firmware update for Nintendo Switch is here, bringing our home menus to version 4.0 but also adding a feature that has been missing since launch: the ability to capture video clips. Switch now supports 30-second video clip capture via the capture button on the right JoyCon for select titles, unfortunately not all games are supported right now.  

Here is Nintendo’s official description of the new video capture feature: 

“To capture video in compatible games, hold down the capture button during gameplay. This will create a video clip of the last 30 seconds. You can then view the saved videos in your album, trim the beginning and end of each clip, and post videos to your Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

Currently, you can use this feature in the following games: 

  • The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild (version 1.3.0 and later) 
  • Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe (version 1.3.0 and later) 
  • ARMS™ (version 3.1.0 and later) 
  • Splatoon™ 2 (version 1.1.1 and later)” 

Preloading select games from the Nintendo E-Shop is also supported with Nintendo Switch OS V4.0. Owners with a preference for digital titles might look forward to a speedy unlock of Super Mario Odyssey when that releases later this month. Speaking of Odyssey, Nintendo added new Player Portrait options based on both Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey with this latest update.  



Zelda Breath of the Wild expansion pass DLC pack 1 detailed

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo released some details for the first DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will be released this summer. The first of two planned DLCs will be released for both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of the game this Summer with the second planned for a holiday release.

So what’s in store this summer?

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Nintendo Switch Becomes the Fastest-Selling Video Game System in Nintendo History

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo revealed on Friday that the Nintendo Switch has sold faster in its launch month than any other video game system in Nintendo history.

The Nintendo Switch system sold more than 906,000 units in March, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game sold over 1.3 million units, including physical sales in the United States as well as digital sales through the Nintendo eShop. That total also includes more than 925,000 units sold for Nintendo Switch and nearly 460,000 units sold for the Wii U console.

That means that Nintendo sold more copies of the game for the Nintendo Switch than it sold Nintendo Switch systems. An attach rate for a game of more than 100 percent is not bad at all. This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series.

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Nintendo prepares downloadable content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Jason Nason

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles in less than a month and Nintendo is planning even more for this, one of the largest, most engaging video games Nintendo has ever created. While the main game offers players an engrossing quest that will keep them entertained for hours, as well as the freedom to explore the vast Hyrule at their own pace, the game world provides a rich canvas that offers the opportunity for additional adventures.

As a result, the first-ever downloadable content for the main-line Legend of Zelda series is in development.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has Gone Gold

Posted on February 7, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

It appears that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has gone gold according to a tweet by Monolith Soft developer which Google Translate reads as “A certain title launch party at a certain hotel in Kyoto”. Is this one game the next entry in the Legend of Zelda series? According to Neo Gaf user Steiner this is indeed the case.

It would make sense for Breath of the Wild to go gold considering it will ship alongside the Nintendo Switch in less than a month on March 3rd.

Here’s the original untranslated tweet:


Nintendo preps first ever Superbowl commercial

Posted on February 2, 2017 by Jason Nason

For the first time ever, Nintendo will run an ad during the Super Bowl. While last year’s Pokémon commercial was technically for The Pokémon Company, the 30-second spot is intended to build on the excitement for the upcoming new Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game. Both the system and game are set to launch in Canada on March 3rd. The ad also features a new song by Imagine Dragons called “Believer.”

The ad is scheduled to run during the game’s fourth quarter this Sunday, February 5th.

“The most anticipated video game system and video game of the year will be seen on the biggest stage of the year,” said Nicolas Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Vice President of Marketing. “Nintendo Switch will change how, when and where people play games. It’s only fitting that we’re changing how, when and where we advertise those games.”

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Brand New Zelda Amiibo Will Drop Fish From The Sky In Breath of the Wild

Posted on December 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo’s brand new The Legend of Zelda 30th anniversary amiibos will allow Link to procure items from the sky in next year’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you ever thought that what The Legend of Zelda series needed was a delivery of fish from the sky, boy are you in luck. This is the sort of random and WTF kind of fun nonsense that I wish Nintendo indulged in just a little bit more.

Today saw the launch of four brand new amiibo on store shelves – 8 Bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link and Toon Link + Toon Zelda as a two pack.

Here are the unlockables that will drop from the skies of Hyrule once you’ve used any of the four new amibo with Breath of the Wild:

  • “Ocarina  of Time Link will reward you with a random amount of meat.
  • 8-bit  Link will reward you with a random number of barrels. You might find rupees inside too!
  • Toon  Link will reward you with a random amount of fish.
  • Wind Waker Zelda will reward you with a random selection of plants.”

No description of fish, rupees and barrels falling from the skies would be complete without some animated gifs of the new amiibo in action. Thankfully Nintendo’s official Twitter account is here to oblige:



The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild got two brand new trailers earlier this week that fans have of course ripped apart and analyzed.



Fans Sift Through Every Inch of New LOZ: Breath of The Wild Footage

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo released a pair of brand new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild videos this evening and they’ve already sent fans on a wild adventure – surely folks will be combing through these two videos for days or weeks to come. Showcasing just a little under 10 minutes of in-game action this new trailer & game-play walk-through hint at or directly confirm a number of new tid bits.

Before we get to the new videos here are both embedded for your viewing pleasure:

Spoiler warnings for the above videos from here on out!

Link will be able to make use of a Lightening Rod. Notice that in this build its base attack value is quite low, half of its description is cut off and it’s only on-screen for a fraction of a second.


The Spiked Moblin Club, one of the weapons dropped by a larger enemy in the brand new trailer. Its base attack value is actually lower than the sword Link is using in this demonstration.


What treasures await us at the end of this gauntlet? Sadly Bill Trinnen won’t tell viewers – some secrets are best left for the players.


A dog jaunts alongside link during a portion of the latest trailer. Could this mean that Link will have other animal companions beside Epona?


Who are these mysterious bird people that are briefly teased? Could they be the Rito from Wind Waker? Some fans have even speculated that these bird creatures are actually related to the shieka somehow.


The final shots of the “Life In The Ruins” trailer gives us a glimpse of two seemingly different female characters. Could this be Nintendo’s way of hinting that we might finally get a female playable Link this time around? Could Princess Zelda be playable for a section of the game? 


What do you think of the tidbits and juicy hints that Nintendo has layed out for us in this latest The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild footage? I played the game at E3 this past June and was absolutely blown away by it. This (new?) female character and possible canine companion have me even more intrigued. Share your thoughts with me in the comments section at the bottom of this article!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U in 2017.



Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild Trailer Leaks Ahead of NX Reveal

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

A brand new, unreleased trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has leaked onto Youtube ahead of the official reveal of Nintendo’s code name NX.

This new trailer features a number of elements about the next Zelda title that are brand new – such as the inclusion of striking lightening and rain effects, the ability for Link to use a large leaf to propel a small makeshift raft forward and the return of shield-boarding!

As someone who has played the Wii U build of the game back at E3 it is quite clear that this trailer is not running on Wii U hardware – the lighting, reflections off objects and texture work are worlds apart from the E3 2016 demonstration. While Nintendo may have made some optimizations in the months since the convention, I wouldn’t be shocked if it is later confirmed this trailer contains footage taken from the NX build of the game.

If this leak is any indication, Nintendo has more than just the reveal of their next home console planned for today.


Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild Live Experience Proves Critics Were Wrong

Posted on June 18, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Critics of Nintendo’s E3 2016 strategy wondered just how the company could have a strong showing with just one game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild playable at their booth. Now that the dust has settled it is quite clear that the big N made the right call in putting all of the cucco eggs in one basket and trusting in the Hero of Time.

Not only did Nintendo bring one of the most refreshing and innovative Zelda titles to date to one of gaming’s biggest conventions (our impressions will be going live later this week) but they also brought a ‘live experience’ that existed opposite the traditional rows upon rows of demo stations that E3 is known for.

Nintendo's E3 Treehouse Livestream Was Just Outside the Live Experience Booth

Nintendo’s E3 Treehouse Livestream Was Just Outside the Live Experience Booth

This real world playground of Zelda: Breath of the Wild delights mimics several key elements new to the game.  Upon entering visitors are greeted by a large statue of Link aiming his arrow towards one of the game’s new tentacled enemies. This particular statue became a popular photo spot for media, fans, developers and other attendees. During my time inside the Breath of the Wild E3 experiencece it was hard to get a shot of the statue without someone beside the it posing for a selfie with Link.


This Statue Was So Possible It Was Almost Impossible To Get A Shot Where Someone WASN’T Taking a Selfie With Link.

Opposite the large monster / Link statue was a replica of one of the game’s new feature – a goblin stronghold. In the game Link can take these over by completing challenges, thus unlocking new abilities or hidden treasures. Breath of the Wild‘s live experience was watched over by one of these goblin creatures atop the stronghold. Adjacent to the stronghold was a large cooking pot, which contained multiple items that bob-up and down thanks to mechanical motors. This simulates a similar animation that plays when Link uses the new cooking crafting system introduced in Breath of the Wild.

A Goblin Keeps A Loook Out In Nintendo's Live Experience

A Goblin Keeps A Loook Out In Nintendo’s Live Experience

One of the far corners of the live experience mimics the iconic look of Temple of Time but this particular version of the Temple of Time is different than any we’ve seen before. Giant columns rise up  from the ground with vines growing all around them. Large doors complete the new aesthetic, filling in the space between the pillars.

The Temple of Time

The Temple of Time

As a Nintendo PR Rep took me on a tour of this elaborate live experience for the new Legend of Zelda she informed me that all of the objects in the booth are too scale, exactly as Link would see them in his world. That not only means that visitors to the live experience would see recreations of objects & monsters that populate Hyrule in Breath of the Wild but more importantly see them exactly as Link will in the game, right down to the proportions. To top it all off Nintendo had fans blowing a gentle wind through the trees and carrying the smell of forest throughout the booth.

A Chest With Glowing Eyes!

A Chest With Glowing Eyes!

Nintendo promised to transport attendees to Hyrule with their presentation at this year’s E3 and they succeeded like never before. If you thought that ultra cool Twilight Princess booth from 2006 was amazing and immersive – you can’t possibly imagine the feeling of seeing objects through Link’s eyes, feeling the wind on your skin and smelling the faint scent of the trees with every breath.  You can bring a single game to E3 and impress the socks off of everyone and Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild live experience booth has set the standard for an immersive convention experience.


A Wide Shot of Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild E3 2016 Experience

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released in 2017 for Nintendo Wii U and the unannounced Nintendo NX.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo spent much of Tuesday spotlighting and showing off The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it looks amazing.

In the little that was previously revealed about the game, one of the things that was touted was the amount of open world there would be in the game. And in what was shown so far at E3 that is an understatement. The world is immense, and only a small fraction of that world was shown off today.

I won’t go into too much detail with all of that though. You can read the details directly from Nintendo’s release below.

But also announced was three brand new ammibo, which will be released in 2017. These will presumably be released day and date with the game.

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