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Nintendo Shows New Zelda Gameplay

Jun 23, 2016

By: Max Cannon

The Legend of Zelda series has been criticized for being uninspired and too formulaic. Taking mechanics from games like Half Life and Skyrim, the new game seems to alleviate worries. Scheduled to come to both the Wii U and the Nintendo NX in early 2017, the game has the official title of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

A New Look For Link

A focus on dynamic weather, large environments, and the return of Skyward Sword's stamina meter mark a few of the changes in the new game. At E3 2016, Nintendo showed off a new gameplay trailer, which you can watch below, and a look at some of the RPG elements. Similar to popular role-playing games like The Elder Scrolls or Mass Effect, the new Zelda has stat building elements. Equipping different sets of armor or weapons will determine how effective you are in the battlefield.

Despite speculation that the new game would feature a girl, Link will return to Hyrule in the new game. Taking a page from Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, and mostly Shadow of the Colossus, Link can climb mountains and enemies so long as his stamina permits him to. The player will also have to let go of another Zelda staple, you'll no longer be hunting for hearts in bushes or tall grass but rather you'll have to use Link's cooking skills to replenish his health. 

The game also plans to stray away from the traditional dungeons of the past. Breath of The Wild is said to have over 100 mini dungeons and 4 massive main dungeons which means that the focus on exploration will be even stronger than ever before. The map is suggested to be their biggest yet, and with very little of it shown off we have a lot of the game still kept in secret. 

We'll be seeing more of Zelda throughout the upcoming months, but plan on changing your expectations of what it means to be a Zelda game. We can look forward to the game's release in 2017, hopefully.

Link's new look which is drastically less green than usual.Link's new look which is drastically less green than usual.Courtesy of Nintendo
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