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E3 2016: Everything We Learned About The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Below you can find all of our news and features on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

After months of waiting, we've finally received substantial details on Nintendo's latest entry in The Legend of Zelda series. From the game's official subtitle to extended gameplay footage, there's an abundance of new and exciting details to learn. Below you can find all of our news and features The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and be sure to check back often as update you further with more articles.

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"Despite playing the game for less than an hour, I'm already convinced that Breath of the Wild is shaping up to be the best Zelda game in years. Time will tell if that comes true, but for all of the classic elements in the game and the new survival-based mechanics, there's every indication that Nintendo has something special on its hands."--Read our full hands-on impressions.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gameplay Footage

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Danny and Peter get an in-depth look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Daniel Orihuela from Nintendo walks the GameSpot hosts through The Great Plateau area of the game and shows off a bunch of the game's new features.

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Nintendo sat down with game director Eiji Aonuma to give a 30-minute demo of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Watch the video above for the full playthrough.

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LinkofthePast

@TheZeroPercent You're no longer the 0% as I agree with what you're saying 100%. Gimmicky systems far inferior to ps and xbox and it's unfortunate that Zelda is still with Nintendo. Zelda never had the opportunity to grow up along with its fan base, so you're left debating with these childish Nintendo crotch riders who have no idea how sales work. Created this account just to post on this article because it's people like that who are the reason why you have the under performing, prototypical Nintendo copy and paste skyward sword graphics. I dream everyday of having graphics on Zelda like Witcher 3 so I can reconnect with my favorite video game character of all time without playing a cartoon game in this age of crazy improved graphics.

Regardless, another delay on a game that is actively outdating itself - very embarassing. They've been dragging real Zelda fans through the Gerudo desert for a long time now and this is just a slap in the face. Refuse to continue to buy Nintendo's beat systems for one game that has consistently been delivering less on these games for years now. Everything is selling an idea with Nintendo trying to be innovative. Don't even get me started on these OOT and MM remakes we've been waiting for nearly all of our lives for on USELESS handhelds. I'd like to put my 70' tv to use and not strain my eyes? What a waste of money for these games - guess I'll just keep my damn game cube around forever to play a game that revolutionized just about all of RPG gaming. Nintendo spits on their own games.

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Ripper_TV

It's ridiculous that this game not only doesn't use the GamePad in any interesting way, but doesn't require it at all. Why in the FUСK did Nintendo make a console with a tablet in the first place?? Dumbbell idiots.

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Dark-Exsphere

Game looks spectacular. just hoping story is tight and memorable and game wold is FILLED and not a walking simulator.

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ethanm1834

Lots of potential there in this game. Going to really need a follow through. I'm glad I have a Wii U, as Nintendo hasn't filled me with confidence to get a NX as of yet.

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Ripper_TV

@ethanm1834: What filled u with confidence to buy a Wii U, LOL?

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Spartan-1657

Man, I don't even know why but the game I want to play the most that's been shown at E3 is this game.

Damn it sucks it's delayed to 2017.

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TheZeroPercent

--i don't like the graphics style
--skyward sword was like this
--but that game was on wii
--if you look back at twilight princess
--Nintendo was 'going in the right direction' with the look
--but
--nintendo has been taking HUGE steps backwards for years now
--and also staying stuck in the past

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drnatedogg

@TheZeroPercent: Twilight Princess might be one of the ugliest games of all time considering it's time frame. Doesn't hold up at all. Not saying a more realistic style can't work with Zelda, just that the Wii and Gamecube wasn't the time after the beauty of Wind Waker.

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Derpalon

@drnatedogg: Totally disagree. To me TP is still the most beautiful Zelda game to date. In terms of polygons the game still looks a little rough of course, but so does nearly every game from that era. The Zelda tech demo for Wii U using updated TP graphics could have looked phenomenal as a full game, but Nintendo had to be Nintendo and go in this direction again...

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isimitaiwo

@Derpalon: You say TP is the most beautiful and its because of the era it was made that gave its set back..but windwaker was also made in that era but it still holds up.every game will be out dated sooner or later but we need games that will stand the test of time..just like in gameplay ideas do, so as graphics..one day we are gonna look at horizon:zero dawn and say "damn,those were the graphics we're craving for?"this direction is the best and smartest graphic direction Nintendo will use..it's to help them realized the game's atmosphere that realistic graphic will not attain.this is not step back but a different direction..a step back is reduction of polygon count and effects.

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TheZeroPercent

@drnatedogg:
--im not saying ZeldaU should have looked like TP
--im saying that nintendo took a step backwards from TP to SS
--they were trying to make TP look 'real'
--and they were supposed to do that with zelda U(if you look back~or just remember)
--but
--they changed the art design
--they should have made it look more like the witcher3
--while keeping that 'zelda feel' to it

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ArabrockermanX

@TheZeroPercent: I disagree, this game wouldn't be possible if it tried to look "real." Also the last thing we need is another grimy game(its really not that realistic).

Also, they never changed the design, you are talking about a tech demo, that was never supposed to be Zelda U...

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isimitaiwo

@ArabrockermanX: True its atmosphere and direction with a realistic feel would feel inconsistent and crony and all round bad.

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TheZeroPercent

@ArabrockermanX:
--go tell it to every other adventure game
--on the other consoles
--that sell metric butt tons
--get played for hundreds of hrs each
--and laydown the groundwork for the future of gaming
--all while
--nintendo drowns in the past

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isimitaiwo

@TheZeroPercent: Hows Nintendo "drowing in the past" with this?

Video games is an art form..just like every other art form(music,movies) they are different styles to attain the realization of the creator.

This graphic style works for the world the game is trying to convey.

Where in the world did they say all games must look realistic?

Art has photorealism,abstract etc so why not videogames

Okay,great,its not your thing..maybe you don't understand it(it seems more like that) but dont say its gone the wrong direction..its going in a direction to creator feels his game can be fully realised.

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TheZeroPercent

@isimitaiwo:
--nintendo refuses to accept the future of gaming
--they refuse to go where gamers want to go
--and they are lost in a time that is gone
--they have sorta been lost since they took a dump on sony
--left them with a dead console
--which sony frankenstiend into the actual future of gaming
--and almost ran nintendo out of business with it

--skyward sword only sold 4 million copies
--on a console with an 80-100million user base
--OBVIOUSLY
--it was not what gamers wanted
--yet
--they still are making another zelda almost just like it
--they are also 'reaching backwards'
--back to windwaker
--it is time to move into the future nintendo
--clinging to the past is not the answer

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isimitaiwo

@TheZeroPercent: So what's the future?realistic graphics?lol dude..they change their gameplay..adding new mechanic that change the overall structure of the norms we usually get in pervious entries.the reason why it sold less than expectation is simple..people wanted a difference in gameplay(overall mechanics) that's why god of war need change..thats why assassins creed is on hold for a year(they didn't change their direction or art style but they want to change their gameplay structure)..thats why cod is on blast.this game is a reinvention..the use of old(zelda1) and mix with the new...and you really haven't been reading the news on the impression this game has left on people during E3.

Like I said,its not your thing,but it works well to keep it fresh and feel very new.

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TheZeroPercent

@isimitaiwo:
--the future of gaming?
--or just the future of zelda?(which was all i was talking about in my OP)
--or the future of nintendo?
--the future of graphics?
--things arenjt so black and white
--i was just talking about how big of a fail this zelda is gonna be

--you are making points i didnt make
--and saying i said stuff i didnt say(and putting words in my mouth)
--and then
--you are saying "it is not my thing"
--because you want to belittle me
--because you feel little
--so do both of us a favor
--look at yourself in the mirror and say "i am big i am big"
--and then look down at your penis
--and say the same thing
--and then go about your day without me



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isimitaiwo

@TheZeroPercent: I have noticed that you skipped TP ,and went for SS and WW as example of LOZ "step back" when these three games fundamentally play alike.this has lead me to believe that you major gripe with these two games in the series is more graphics direction issue for you.as these two games seem to share similar(not really) art direction.am I right?

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TheZeroPercent

@isimitaiwo:
--it is just a fact
--the art style they chose for skyward sword was a HUGE step backwards
--until that game
--all of the zeldas made progression to become more 'realistic'
--yes
--Zelda should be more realistic
--why?
--because that is what gamers purchase
--is Nintendo in the business of making art with pure conviction and integrity?
--if so
--why did they dump wiiU on it's head
--it was full of unique artistic potential

--nitnedop is trying to make as much impact on the market as possible
--and ZeldaU looks like a game from 5-10 years ago

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isimitaiwo

@TheZeroPercent: How is picking an art style a step back?when has it been written anywhere in the world that games should have a realistic look?so I am correct..you are basing it on graphics not gameplay,where as you can see the failure(as you presume) is based on people getting tired of the same gameplay structure of the game not graphics...i dont how graphics like this is a step backwards.anyway there is nothing you would say to change the fact that this game will sell..so far they continue on this route,and then some..the impression this game gave was staggering positive.and again it will sell.simple

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TheZeroPercent

@isimitaiwo:
--skyward sword barely sold 4 million units on wii
--at the time SS dropped wii had a userbase of over 80million
--wii went on to have over 100million unit sales
--i mean
--id be surprised if this zelda sells 3 million units
--and "gameplay"?
--this game's gameplay is nothing'new'(or all that interesting)
--on any other console
--this game would look like a 20$ indie/arcade game

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isimitaiwo

@TheZeroPercent: If being cartoony or realistic is going determine why you are not going to buy this game,that's you but for me and alot of people(the impression has been resoundingly positive) it will sell more than this figure you speak.i will not a simple thing like "it looks like an indie game"in which it doesnt,to deter me from having fun and experiencing something great.and please which game has done anything new now a days?dude this is a breath(see what I did there) of fresh air to this series.like I said a reinvention not a innovation.I dont know what more I need to say to you but hey if you don't want to buy,dont buy.

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TheZeroPercent

@isimitaiwo:
--you do what you want
--but you also might want to check your head
--you are starting to sound like a hopeless loon

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isimitaiwo

@TheZeroPercent: Calling me a "hopeless loon" will not get you anywhere,I am still impressed with what i have seen and am going to buy it(just like alot of us) you will not change my mind,just the same way I will not change yours,so go ahead reach your lowest point by insulting me,it will not get to me,you are just childish and arrogant and I have already wasted my time with such and I will not again..goodbye

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isimitaiwo

@TheZeroPercent: Sorry you interpreted my comment possessing an condescend tone but its not what I am gettin at..the reaction for this game has been more positive(way more) than negative.from the critics,to the booth attendance(there is a video of people running to play the game on the last day of E3).so that failure you speak of is impossible because they have been more people with positive reaction to this game..everyone wanted a skyrim,witcher kind of game,and it gave something of that manner with there own ideas infused,setting it apart...ill say it again the impression has been dramatically positive so far,and definitely it will sell,with already an install base of the wiiu in which are willing to buy and the hype of the NX and its release there..it will sell.

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H20-XCV

Mediocre at best. Moving on....

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TheZeroPercent

@h20-xcv:
--more like good or really good
--7-7.5/10
--mediocre is like 5/10
--also
--it could easily be "great"(8 is great)

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Scooby_Dooo

@h20-xcv: I think you're describing yourself there...

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H20-XCV

@scooby_dooo: You mad bro? hahaha! I win and I'm rich *grinning*

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isimitaiwo

@h20-xcv: Your comment doesn't make you smart.

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Scooby_Dooo

@h20-xcv: Pffffft, OK yeah I'm a bro, ok, sister. Rich huh? How much do you spend on a new wallet? I spent $200,000 on my Chanel purse just last month, and it was a real bargain. My parents owning over 8,000 apartment units gives us lots of money to spend all the time. Like an Imax private home theater for example; it's mine. But let me guess you recently purchased the whole world and everything in it, lol. Byeee

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H20-XCV

@scooby_dooo: Fantasy, but you're still mad *thumbs up* Check!