The Nintendo Switch Presentation on 1-12-17 gained a plethora of reactions as they unveiled when and for what price the Nintendo Switch will be coming out. They announced that the release date is March 3, 2017 and that assumed retail price would be $300. (3/3 for $300? Wha u doin Nintendo?)
The hype brought on by Nintendo may not have fully matched the presentation they gave of the Switch, but what saved the entire show was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The newest trailer showcased the setting of what is assumed to be our new Hyrule with a long range of climate types, similar to that of Twlight Princess; There were blizzardous mountain tops as well as sandy dunes across the land.
Not only that, we got to see Zelda’s face for the very first time and hear her speak clear English/Japanese/and more, never before done in the Legend of Zelda.
BotW, in my opinion, seemed very much done in anime style! (Some would compare it to works by Hayao Miyazaki). Based on the emotional scene we see of Zelda crying into Link’s chest, I believe BotW has a story that will probably rely heavily on character-to-character interaction and watching their relationships unfold.
The main races of many of the Legend of Zelda games are back as well. Gorons, Zoras, Koroks, and many enemies as well!! (But no Deku?)
We were also given as second look at this bird like creature! (Rito/Oocoo lineage anyone?) The most perplexing of new appearances was of these “anti-sheikah” figures.
Many favorite characters from past Legend of Zelda’s reappear in this trailer and it was incredibly exciting. In one clip we were able to see the roots of what may be Great Deku Tree, though his face was not shown!
Similarly, the voiceovers in the trailer were at some point that of an older woman and an older man who I believe to be Impa and King Daphnes. Impa has always been one to tell the history of Hyrule to Link and the man asks Link to “save his daughter”. It would be interesting to see what kind of form the two of them have here since they are always so different from game to game.
There was one appearance that was easy to miss if you blinked. We had our first sneak peek of Calamity Ganon!! He looks very much the boar like creature he is portrayed as in early Zelda games as well as Ocarina of Time.
(Maybe there’s hope that I will see Kafei again. Wishful thinking. Which character do you hope will make an appearance? Some want Midna back, others would love to see Skull Kid!)
This trailer does not give many hints as to what the story line of Breath of the Wild could be and I absolutely rather it that way. Going into games blind is the best thing, I believe and I want to experience it all first hand. The game becomes more memorable and personal that way.
If you would like to see future blog posts or videos updating you on my thoughts as I play the game please let me know in the comments! I have also uploaded my immediate reaction to the entire Switch Presentation up on my Youtube Channel. There I share my opinions on the other games featured as well as more excitement about Zelda.
Later this week I will probably post my theories for Breath of the Wild as well as my take on where it is on the timeline. Stay tuned, fairies!