Last year, Nintendo lifted the curtain on their new hybrid console, offering the public their first look at the Nintendo Switch; now, in 2017, it seems the Nintendo Switch seems to be ready to arrive on shelves worldwide. The Nintendo Switch is a transforming home console which may be played at home or on the go by transforming into its handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch aims to implement a semi-modular design with a tablet in the centre and two detachable left and right controllers known as Joy-cons. The design of the console means the Nintendo Switch may be docked at home to play games on a large television or undocked to transition into a portable gaming system at a moments notice.
Since Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch, there has been an abundance of information provided, from the console’s specifications to the catalogue of titles which aim to be available on launch. One of the games which seem to be available at launch is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild aims to pick up the mantle and continue a series which has been around since Nintendo released their first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). With Breath of the Wild, Nintendo aims to continue the legacy of one of their most popular franchises as players return to the fictional land of Hyrule.
Protagonist Link takes centre stage once more as the heroic Hyrulian wakes from a 100-year slumber. With little knowledge of what has transpired during his slumber, Link enters the open-world and begins his quest. With this latest instalment Nintendo aims to harness the power of the Nintendo Switch to render high definition visuals. Players control Link as they may embark on an adventure filled with new areas, characters and stories to discover.
The Kingdom of Hyrule is now a vast environment with dense forests, tall mountains secrets around each corner. This open-world setting encourages players to explore the Kingdom of Hyrule as they see fit. In Breath of the Wild, Link has obtained new skills, including the ability to cook recipes with ingredients gathered in his adventure. This may allow players to create refreshing recipes and invigorating elixirs which might aid Link on his journey. The world seems colourful and there are puzzles to solve and secrets to find, each may offer new rewards if the player is successful in unravelling the world’s mysteries.
As players explore the world, Link might obtain new equipment such as specialised outfits; outfits which may provide warmth, increases Link’s speed or stamina since each outfit aims to provide new benefits. From cooking up energising meals to exploring the Kingdom of Hyrule, Nintendo aim to craft a world which players may explore as they adventure through its varied terrain.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild debuts with the release of the Nintendo Switch and in addition to the new features offered by the game, the console itself may present new ways to play the game. Since the Nintendo Switch aims to support a dynamic gaming experience, players may adventure from the comfort of their living room or continue Link’s journey on the go. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s dynamic approach to gameplay and the Nintendo Switch’s flexible approach to play-style, Nintendo aims to redefine the way interactive media may be consumed. With Breath of the Wild being a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, its release may set a precedent for the titles which follow. With the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launching alongside the Nintendo Switch it seems Nintendo aims to put their best foot forward for the release of their new console.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild aims to release as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch on 3rd March 2017.
How does The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild aim to provide a unique experience for the Nintendo Switch?