Category: Daily Debate

Everyone knows the news: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a smash hit that completely defied our expectations, and shattered our insecurities about Zelda‘s new formula. The game itself is one of the main contributors to the massive sales of the Switch since its launch, having sold over 1.5 million units in less than just two weeks alone, with about 90% of Switch buyers purchasing Breath of the Wild alongside it.  It’s pretty clear that this game is a great one, but just…

Warning: Spoilers ahead. Since their introduction, amiibo have been a somewhat controversial feature in Nintendo games. While amiibo are certainly fun to collect and can be useful in many games, those who don’t have additional funds to purchase them (or the means to hunt some of the rarer ones down) may feel slighted after paying full retail price for a game and seeing that interesting content is locked behind owning one or multiple amiibo. In this regard, Breath of the…

I’m going to piggy-back off of yesterday’s Daily Debate. In previous Legend of Zelda titles, the bond that you form with your trusty stead, Epona, is one of the most crucial relationships you’ll develop. From its introduction in Ocarina of Time, horseback riding because more crucial both in terms of gameplay and in story. Who could forget the epic face off with Ganondorf at the end of Twilight Princess? However, in my play-through of Breath of the Wild, I rarely…

During my many hours spent rummaging around the amazing open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I’ve come across some pretty awesome weaponry. Everything from swords to axes to bows to… boat paddles. There’s seemingly a weapon for every occasion. While my personal preference was always broad swords, I found myself developing an unexpected affinity for axe’s by games end. Heading into my final fight with the Calamity Ganon, I doubled checked my arsenal just to…

One mechanic in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a pretty awesome ability of Link’s, namely snowboarding (shieldboarding?) down a mountain. During this sequence, everyone’s favorite Hylian actually looks like he pulls off a few tricks, 1080°-style, and does a pretty good job of it too, I gotta say. The sporting world isn’t as foreign to the Zelda series as you might think. Link appeared (and will appear again on Switch) in Mario Kart 8 as an unlockable racer, and we all…

Music in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is yet another convention broken for this 30-year-old franchise. While rolling through the old hills of Hyrule, one usually hears a familiar theme for the area. However, in Breath of the Wild, players may only be comforted (or frightened) by the sounds of nature around them. When there is music in the overworld, it’s typically simplistic, covered with the fingerprints of Animal Crossing‘s own Manaka Kataoka. This is not to say there are no masterful themes throughout Breath…

Warning: Breath of the Wild spoilers ahead! It’s been over two weeks since Breath of the Wild’s release. At this point, many of us have at least gotten a feel for the game, if not completed the quest outright. With two dungeons, 24 shrines and about thirty hours clocked into my adventure, I have had my fair share of surprises. The game is relentless in its efforts to provide the player with something new at seemingly every other turn. Some…

In many ways, Breath of the Wild looks as though it will be an amalgam of virtually every mainline Zelda game. The best aspects of each of them seem to have been brought together and refined in a single title. This extends to the various races that have inhabited Hyrule throughout the years, too.  Not only are mainstays such as the Gorons and Zoras back, but we’ll also see the return of the long-dormant Gerudo, Rito and Korok races. Heck,…

Since the Ocarina of Time manga’s debut in 2000, artist duo Akira Himekawa has, in one form or another, adapted most of Link’s subsequent adventures. Almost each iteration is only loosely based on its respective source material, however, but the basic story is the same, but the duo definitely takes its fair share of liberties with the finer details. Based on what I’ve read, many characters, including the legendary hero himself, often have more characterization than their video game counterparts….

With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild just around the corner, one can begin to wonder just how open and distinct the supposed open world really is. For a trend many people see as tired in today’s landscape, the move from a very linear and enclosed world, as seen in Skyward Sword, to a modern, real open world is a large one for the series to take. Over the years, many games have been at the forefront of revolutionizing the…