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AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW MAN!!!!! One Week away! Made this thread to keep Switch and BotW discussions separate. There might be a lot of talking about both on release and it could get hectic with people talking about two different things at the same time. No open spoilers ITT.



Polygon's accident early Pre-review:




The game map:






Easy Allies(old GT guys)


9/10 (4.5/5 stars)







1 hour ago, ManUtdRedDevils said:

[METACRITIC (98 from 37 reviews) | OPENCRITIC (97 from 37 reviews)]

Written Reviews

  • IGN | 10/10

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a masterclass in open-world design and a watershed game that reinvents a 30-year-old franchise. It presents a wonderful sandbox full of mystery, dangling dozens upon dozens of tantalizing things in front of you that just beg to be explored. I’ve had so many adventures in Breath of the Wild, and each one has a unique story behind what led me to them, making them stories on top of stories. And even after I’ve spent more than 50 hours searching the far reaches of Hyrule, I still manage to come across things I haven’t seen before. I’ll easily spend 50 to 100 more trying to track down its fascinating moments.

  • Eurogamer - Essential

    All that has been either swept aside or remade from first principles. It's hard to overstate the courage and conviction with which producer Eiji Aonuma, director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and their team have rewritten their own work, and the size of the risk Nintendo has taken with a beloved property. Breath of the Wild isn't just the most radical departure from the Zelda tradition in its 30-year history, it's the first Nintendo game that feels like it was made in a world where Half-Life 2, Halo, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Skyrim happened. It's inspired by those greats and others, but it doesn't ape them any more than it rests on its own laurels. And if we're talking inspirations, we have to recognise one game above all others, an uncompromising adventure from 1986 that dared to take gaming off the rails, that put a whole world beyond the TV screen and invited the player to explore it: the original Legend of Zelda.

  • GameInformer | 10/10

    Breath of the Wild is an achievement in the design of a living world. Hyrule is massive, with multiple environmental systems layered on top of a grand adventure. The only technical issue I encountered was one related to the framerate when fighting multiple enemies in busy forests. Despite the massive scope of the game, Breath of the Wild retains Nintendo’s knack for polish without any major technical hiccups to disrupt the experience. I was entranced by this version of Hyrule, and it surprised me at nearly every turn, from its wealth of discoveries to the way it shuns the established tropes of previous Zelda games. It represents a profound new direction for one of gaming’s best franchises and a new high point for open-world interactive experiences.

  • GameSpot | 10/10

    No matter how gorgeous its environments are, how clever its enemies are, and how tricky its puzzles get, the fact that Breath of the Wild continues to surprise you with newfound rules and possibilities after dozens of hours is by far its most valuable quality. It's a game that allows you to feel gradually more and more empowered yet simultaneously manages to retain a sense of challenge and mystery--which, together, creates a steady, consistent feeling of gratification throughout the entire experience. Breath of the Wild is a defining moment for The Legend of Zelda series, and the most impressive game Nintendo has ever created.

  • Kotaku | Open-world perfection

    And as you talk about Breath of the Wild with your friends, there’s one word that will rarely if ever come up: “can’t.” Stories about the new Zelda will instead revolve around what you can do. How you climbed all the way to the top of the Temple of Time just for kicks, or how you parachuted down to the lowest point of Hyrule to see what kind of secrets you’d find there. How you found a brilliant method to brute-force your way through the freezing, snowy mountains, or how you set a forest on fire just to see if you could.

    Or, how you tried something as ridiculous as flipping over a maze so you wouldn’t have to solve it, and the game somehow let you finish the puzzle anyway. Breath of the Wild is the best Zelda game to date, and it accomplishes that simply by saying yes.

  • GiantBomb | 5/5

    Nintendo may have changed so many long-standing traditions of the Zelda franchise, but the spirit of discovery is as strong as it’s ever been no matter your age. I didn’t think I’d feel the Zelda magic this strongly ever again, but I couldn't be happier to be proven wrong.

  • Press Start | 10/10

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will go down as one of the best launch titles of all time. Yes, technically it’s a Wii U game that was ported over to the Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo made the right decision in holding this game back. It perfectly compliments the Nintendo Switch and highlights why it has the potential to be such a great console. Many have doubted Nintendo’s ability to bring this series into the modern gaming age, but they’ve done that and taken it one step further in creating one of the best open-world action-adventure games ever made.

  • Stevivor | 10/10

    Breath of the Wild is The Legend of Zelda game I didn’t know I always wanted until I starting playing. It’s a disservice to simply label it spectacular, and “must buy” as a Switch launch title is merely a formality. Nintendo promised a lot and left us hanging delay after delay, culminating in a cross-gen switch, but it’s delivered in every sense of the word. Breath of the Wild is the best in a series that’s almost never disappointed.

  • GamesRadar | 5/5

    The series has always had something of a fairytale quality to it - its grand landscapes and worlds suggestive of so much more. The sight of dawn over a shimmering lake. The rolling plains of Hyrule Field stretched out beneath you. It speaks to our imaginations, calling us on to adventure. What a familiar feeling to look across Hyrule Field at Death Mountain, wondering what it would be like to climb it. What a profound thrill to make that journey in its entirety. It has taken 18 years, but Nintendo has done it again: this is the adventure game to beat.

  • Wccftech | 9.8/10

    Minor technical problems aside, this is one of gaming's greatest and most storied series returning with something we've never seen before. Breaking all the conventions of the series, and even a few general gaming conventions, Breath of the Wild is essential for any self-respecting gamer. A new bar has been set in open world gaming.

  • GameCentral for Metro | 10/10

    In Short: The best Zelda there’s ever been, and very possibly the best video game ever made.

  • USGamer | 5/5

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing game. As someone who loves open-world games, this is one of the best out there. As someone who enjoys the Zelda series, I honestly think I can say the same thing again. Nintendo has brought together a number of different ideas and mechanics, but integrated them into something that stands on its own. It's the kind of game where I don't want Nintendo to do something completely different for the next Zelda. I want more of this.

  • NintendoLife | 10/10

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a landmark release for its franchise and Nintendo. It's the first time that Nintendo has truly taken on the open-world genre in a current-generation sense; in arriving late to the party, though, it embraces some strengths from top-of-the-class games while also forging its own identity. This game is a revolution for the franchise, but the Legend of Zelda essence is still there - its soul remains.
    The end result, then, is a captivating experience. This will be in the running as the best game in the IP's history, and it will likely be discussed as a leading contender in the broader open-world genre. Nintendo has bravely taken one of its biggest franchises in a new direction, and it's delivered a triumph.

  • Destructoid | 10/10

    This isn't your typical boiler plate open world cash grab, rife with to-do lists and busywork. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an evolution of the formula for both eastern and western philosophies alike, and a new blueprint.

  • Polygon | 10/10

    I guess, in the end, it’s not just that Breath of the Wild signals that Zelda has finally evolved and moved beyond the structure it’s leaned on for so long. It’s that the evolution in question has required Nintendo to finally treat its audience like intelligent people. That newfound respect has led to something big, and different, and exciting. But in an open world full of big changes, Breath of the Wild also almost always feels like a Zelda game — and establishes itself as the first current, vital-feeling Zelda in almost 20 years.

  • Nintendo Insider | 10/10

    It was said that Nintendo Switch has inherited DNA from each of the many hardware systems that Nintendo has released. In a similar sense Breath of the Wild, while successfully breaking from many long-held conventions, is still built around familiar ideals that saw everyone fall in love with the series in the first place.

  • God is a Geek | 10/10

    I do not say this lightly: Breath of the Wild is an absolute masterpiece, and may well be the best The Legend of Zelda game ever made. Having grown up playing those first games as a child on a system I remember fondly, it feels extra special to be playing a new Zelda on a new console; that I can’t deny, and there are flaws (it’s not perfect), but otherwise, this is everything I wanted it to be and more. I won’t forget Breath of the Wild for a long time, because it’s a memorable, beautiful, stunner of a game.

  • RPGSite | 10/10

    This is the most special game Nintendo has made in years - especially for the core game playing audience. It's certainly the most important, interesting and exciting Zelda since OoT and LttP. It is a new all-time classic. 

    So here we are. How do you deal with a legacy like The Legend of Zelda? Turn it inside out. Borrow from others. Make something mad. And new. And old. And brilliant. I don't know how they did it either - but they did, and it works.

  • TiredOldHack | No score

    The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is the best Zelda game to date.

    The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is the best game I’ve ever played in my life.

  • VG247 | No Score

    Your jaw isn’t going to drop in that Ocarina sense, but you are going to smile a lot. Hours are going to simply melt away. Polished to a ludicrous degree, this is a different kind of game but still one that gives Ocarina of Time a run for its money. After Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, which I found formulaic and awful in turn, it’s quite a stunning change.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, without a doubt, one of the best games of the last decade. Taming that legacy seemed an impossible task, but they’ve done it.

  • ShackNews | 9/10

    Though there are some technical issues with Breath of the Wild, they pale in comparison to the sense of wonder and adventure the title projects. By setting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo debuted with a system seller. If you're getting a Nintendo Switch, there's simply no question of what the best bang for your buck will be in the system's early days. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that is meant to be loved and savored for years to come, and I'm sure it will be looked back on with as much fanfare and admiration as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Nintendo's other hallmark titles.

  • DigitalChumps | 10/10

    This is it, folks. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s Magnum Opus. It’s not only the best Zelda game ever created, it’s also one of the very best videogames in the history of the art. Games like this are so rare that it would be impossible to classify it as anything other than a masterpiece. Experience it at all costs.

  • Pockelint | No score

    It’s an old cliché that each console generation starts with a game that sells the hardware on its own. It’s also pretty much a lie. Neither the PS4 nor Xbox One launched with must-have games – they followed down the line.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is such a game, however. It has been crafted with so much love, care and attention that you feel just as involved when playing. The sandbox you are given to play in is enormous and the game will eat time like a Sutton United goalkeeper eats pies.

    It is clearly the best game of the year so far, likely to be the best game of 2017 even by the end of December, and is a fine start for a games console that certainly needed one.

    A great Zelda game has always been synonymous with Nintendo success in the past. And for all that is good about gaming, let's hope that's the case this time too.

    We need Nintendo. You need Breath of the Wild.

  • The Verge | No score

    This new direction, and shaking up of the age-old formula that has come to define the series, helps Breath of the Wild return to what made Zelda so beloved in the first place. More so than just about any game series, Zelda’s heart lies in exploration, that moment of seeing a towering mountain in the distance and realizing that eventually you’ll be able to reach the top. Breath of the Wild takes this idea, cuts out the fluff, and expands upon it. It pulls ideas from other games, like crafting or survival, yet makes them feel perfectly at home in its beloved universe. It’s exactly the Zelda game I’ve been waiting for.

    Just watch out for lightning.

  • Vooks | 5/5 

    Breath of the Wild isn’t just the best Zelda game ever crafted, it’s one of the best games of all time.

    Hand over the crown, Ocarina of Time.

  • Gameblog.fr | 9/10 (French)
  • GameSource.it | 95/100 (Italian)
  • Jeux-Video Live | 18/20 (French)
  • JeuxVideo | 20/20 (French)
  • Multiplayer.it | 9.7/10 (Italian)
  • Spaziogames.it | 10/10 (Italian)
  • GameReactor.es| 10/10 (Spanish)
  • GamersGlobal | 9.5/10 (German)
  • EDGE | 10/10 (NeoGAF thread - Print magazine review)
  • Famitsu | 40/40 (NeoGAF thread - Print magazine review)
  • GamePro | 94/100 (NeoGAF thread - Print magazine review - German)






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I've cleared my gaming calendar. Plus I have a lot of travel coming up in March so I'll have lots of road/air time for experiencing the Breath of the Wild (God I hope The Wild flosses).

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Very excited for this. I'm taking the family on vacation though for 8 days the Monday after release though so I'll only get a taste of it. 

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I must say, as excited as I am for this game, I am worried how much I'll like it. This isn't exactly like the 3D Zelda's I grew up with. I would to as far as saying this might be a bigger leap for Zelda than 2D to 3D simply because the seems like the zelda formula is changed in BotW where in both 2D and past 3D installments the formula has been the same. 

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Holy fuck these previews:






Some exceprts:

Nintendo has talked about how they went back to the very first NES game for inspiration, which sounds like hyperbole given the technology gulf between 1986 and now. But actually, the comparisons are entirely valid.


Having just completed it, we couldn’t help but think of Horizon Zero Dawn while playing Breath Of The Wild, and how simplistic it now seems compared to Zelda. You also have a bow in Breath Of The Wild, but you have to account for how arrows arc through the air, rather than it just acting like a low-tech sniper rifle. Boomerangs have to be caught manually on their return and the best way to defeat the skeletons that appear at night is to chop of their head and punt it into a river, like a goalkeeper trying to make a clearance.


You always expect a Zelda game to be good, but the attention to detail and willingness to innovate in Breath Of The Wild is well beyond our expectations. We wouldn’t suggest that any of this necessarily has anything to do with the Switch though, as the game was originally designed for the Wii U. As such the graphics are certainly not a match for the likes of Horizon, with often very simple geometry and textures. The frame rate sometimes becomes a little syrupy too, and there’s obvious object pop-in if you look for it.


We’re doing our best to find faults here but the truth is we’re hugely impressed. We already know some things we can’t talk about here, and other secrets that have been hinted to us by Nintendo. At this stage we’d shocked if this didn’t turn out to be the best Zelda since Ocarina Of Time. It may even surpass it, and since many still regard that as the best video game ever made it becomes almost impossible to overstate just how good Breath Of The Wild is.

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""The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of those rare games. It is an Ocarina of Time level game. It is a Super Mario Galaxy level game. This is a game we're going to be talking about for decades to come. It's going to be a reference point for these discussions 10, 20, 30 years from now. So you're going to want to remember where you were, what you were doing in your life, when you played Breath of the Wild for the first time. It is that good."




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9 hours ago, cusideabelincoln said:




engadget said tablet was a near perfect 30fps and docked/tv mode had some issues. Wii U probably shares the same issues as docked. Doubt it is much worse

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4 minutes ago, Slug said:

Stahp...is it possible for someone to literally die from hype? :P

I'm close to it


10 minutes ago, cusideabelincoln said:

What are the impressions of the WiiU version?  




I can't pony up for the Switch right now with so many expenses, but I can get the WiiU version.

I haven't seen Wii U specific previews yet. Will link if I come across any

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21 minutes ago, Slug said:

Stahp...is it possible for someone to literally die from hype? :P


If it is possible... I'm not long for this world. Just make sure my epitaph reads "He died anticipating a game he would of loved"

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1 minute ago, senseinobaka said:


If it is possible... I'm not long for this world. Just make sure my epitaph reads "He died anticipating a game he would of loved"

"His only regret was that he only had one life to give."

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2 hours ago, Rev said:

I hope they make it a bit easier to understand what your next mission is than OOT was.

Ganon hired Donkey Kong to steal Princess Zelda's favorite Arwing and hide it on the planet Zebes and you have to recover it before the moon crashes into the Mushroom Kingdom.  What's not to get?

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3 hours ago, Rev said:

I hope they make it a bit easier to understand what your next mission is than OOT was.

Boooo, no more hand-holding. Give me an rpg like Morrowind that forces you to interact with tons of NPCs and digest journal entries to figure out just where the cave I have to get to is. 

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7 minutes ago, Comet said:

Boooo, no more hand-holding. Give me an rpg like Morrowind that forces you to interact with tons of NPCs and digest journal entries to figure out just where the cave I have to get to is. 

Yup! Make me explore, and fine quests by a combination of in game communications and intuition! Exploration is a GOOD THING! 

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