As of this writing, the entire video game world is waiting in rapt attention for the impending reveal of Nintendo’s next console. Previously referred to as the NX, the device is rumored to be a game-changer with the potential to upend the entire console/handheld/mobile gaming paradigm and put the “Golden Age” gaming stalwart back into contention as a major force in the industry. This would follow the disappointing reception of Nintendo’s iconoclastic Wii U, a platform that features several well-reviewed games yet has failed to attract third-party support or significant sales attention.
A new trailer has now been released for one of the most anticipated games that will debut next year, along with the NX (though the game’s being targeted for release on both Nintendo platforms) – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new trailer, which was posted without context as being an “unlisted” item on Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube channel, was accompanied by other videos demonstrating combat techniques and what appears to be a demonstration of cycling weather patterns built into the game.
Many technical and story details are still unknown about Breath of the Wild. That includes, where in the Zelda timeline it takes place and just how open its seemingly “open-world” style gameplay actually is. While these new videos (see below) do not reveal any such sought-after details, they do include what looks to be a fair amount of gameplay footage (captured, according to the Japanese text, from the Wii U version of the game).
These videos highlight the expected Zelda elements from Breath of the Wild, such as puzzel-solving, world-exploring, climbing and swimming; along with a prevailing visual aesthetic suggesting an “old” world of nature having grown up around ruined buildings and mysterious rusted-out mechanical monsters. A new sample of the game’s score is also heard, which seems to avoid familiar Zelda themes in favor of one that sounds slightly more Eastern-inspired than the series is often associated with (despite being produced in Japan).
Fans looking for new elements, clues to the game’s storyline or the full identity of this (presumed) most recent incarnation of Link will likely focus on the fact that the character has yet to be depicted wearing Link’s familiar green tunic and cap (favoring a blue poncho look instead or, in some scenes, going shirtless) and is not seen deploying signature weapons or items like the hookshot or Master Sword. Instead, mechanics involving the manipulation of wind and/or air currents (including hang-glider sequences) look to be a major new component, along with a “crafting” system detailed more thoroughly in the accompanying videos.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild arrives in 2017.