The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now confirmed as a Nintendo Switch launch title so we're just weeks away from being able to play it on the new console. Here we look at the Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date, trailers, gameplay, price and pre-order. See also: Nintendo Switch hands-on review.
Latest update: Watch the new Zelda trailer from the Nintendo Switch Presentation above. We can also confirm details on the space needed for the game on the new console.
It's no surprise that Zelda is a big game and that it will require 13.4GB of free space on the Nintendo Switch. That is, however, more than 40 percent of the consoles storage before you even take into account the operating system.
The new console only comes in one size, 32GB, so you'll likely need to make use of the Micro-SD card slot. It seemed like this could only be used to add 256GB, but Nintendo told GameInformer it can take up to 2TB.
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The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: Switch vs Wii U versions
For a while it was unclear what the differences are between Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo's two consoles, the Wii U and Switch. It will launch on both at the same time.
However, we know have some details as Nintendo told IGN that the game will play at 900p on the new Switch (in TV mode, 720p in Handheld mode), while Wii U players will only get 720p.
The firm also said the Switch version will offer "higher-quality environmental sounds" adding that the sounds of footsteps, water, grass and the like will be "more realistic and enhance the game's Open-Air feel."
Otherwise it's case of smaller differences like on-screen icons and that the Wii U version will take up a considerably smaller amount of space at 3GB (the Switch is 13.4GB). Both will run at 30fps but some have noted that the Wii U struggled to hit that figure during E3 demos.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date: When is Zelda for Switch and Wii U coming out?
The Legend of Zelda UK release date: 3 March 2017
After months of speculation that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would miss the launch of the Nintendo Switch on 3 March 2017, Nintendo has confirmed that it will in fact be a Switch launch title.
Breath of the Wild will also have a simultaneous Wii U release, so fans can buy it for either console from 3 March.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild price & pre-orders: How much will The Legend of Zelda cost?
There are several pre-order options already available for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the UK.
First up, Breath of the Wild will be a Switch launch title, and that will be the preferred platform for fans looking to play it in full HD on the new Nintendo console. You can pre-order it from Amazon for £59.99 (now lowered, see below), and Game and Zavvi are both offering it at the same price.
Fortunately, Amazon has lowered that price to £49.99 which matches the price at Argos.
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There's also a Special Edition version of the game for European players. This includes the game, a soundtrack CD, and a Master Sword figurine. Amazon and Zavvi are taking pre-orders at a price of £89.99
Wii U owners can get the game a bit cheaper, though at the cost of some graphical performance. Game is offering a pre-order for £49.99, while Amazon's price is currently £40 with a pre-order guarantee. ShopTo has a Price Promise pre-order option of £39.85, too.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Gameplay features
This next instalment of The Legend of Zelda series will be the eighteenth main title that Nintendo has released for the franchise. It's among the only Zelda games to have HD graphics (the remakes of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda; Twilight Princess for Wii U are the only other HD titles so far), and will feature an open world, an exciting development that we can't wait to experience for ourselves.
The Legend of Zelda designer Eiji Aonuma has explained that the developers have decided to go for an open world game to give the players more freedom rather than defining exactly where the player must go, and where they must enter and exit dungeons, for example.
Players will be able to explore the open world on foot or by riding on Link's horse Epona, who is capable of allowing Link to get a better aim at enemies thanks to its artificial intelligence that'll steer while you're otherwise occupied.
Above you can watch The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer from E3 2016, which is amazingly just 1 percent of the game! This is one you'll pick up and won't put down for a very long time.
We also know that Breath of the Wild will have Amiibo functionality. It's compatible with the existing 30th Anniversary and Wolf Link Amiibo, but will also launch with a range of five new figures: Archer Link, Rider Link, Zelda, the Guardian, and a Bokoblin.
Playing The Legend of Zelda will be like escaping into a whole new world - exactly the impression Nintendo wanted to create at its awesome E3 2016 booth. (The below image is borrowed from engadget - click here to see more Zelda E3 booth shots from Nathan Ingraham.)
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