Zelda: Breath of the Wild Doesn't Require the Wii U's GamePad

Breath of the Wild is Pro Controller-compatible.

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If you'd prefer to use something smaller, you won't be forced to use the Wii U GamePad when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

During a roundtable attended by GameSpot, producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed that Breath of the Wild can be played with the more traditional Wii U Pro Controller.

This perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise considering Breath of the Wild is also coming to NX, which may not have a Wii U-style tablet controller. If that is the case, it would make it a challenge to integrate essential functionality into the GamePad controls on Wii U.

Nintendo announced the Breath of the Wild subtitle earlier today. We've also gotten a look at new Amiibo figures on the way and gone hands-on with the game; you can read our impressions here.

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So this basically confirms no Gamepad on the NX.

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@Thanatos2k: Maybe but maybe not. Remember that on the WiiU the feature Nintendo always liked to push for the gamepad was off-TV play as they felt that was super important for the families market they are obsessed with :). In those cases it killed the chance of having highly specialized uses of it as a secondary interface, instead making it simply an optional alternate screen to play on. The NX could still have some kind of small screen tablet like element (like many rumours say) but again they may wish to push it as an off-TV play screen.

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Well that's good to know

Avatar image for MegaPyroFlame

Thing is, it's abundantly obvious that the game was built with the GamePad in mind. The Sheikah Slab is a relic of when the game was planned to be exclusive to the Wii U. It's clear now why Zelda was delayed so much: mandatory GamePad support was painfully ripped from the game to be compatible with the NX.

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@MegaPyroFlame: Maybe they're actually learning, and saw how Star Fox got lambasted for them ruining the game by forcing the gamepad.

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It is always good to have more controller options and it is way better that they don't want to force us to play with that thing like they did with StarFox Zero.

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This is good news that legend of Zelda Breath of the wild does not need the Wii U gamepad. At least we can play using the Pro Controller. This should be a decent Wii U swansong.

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--why didnt they make a high quality 'regular' controller for wiiU back around late 2013(the pro is a POS)
--and hire about 20 developers to build some real/modern AAA 3rd party stuff(alongside their nintendo stuff)
--i guess hindsight is 20/20

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@TheZeroPercent: That's the pro controller, I actually like it as much as the Xbox and Playstation controllers personally. It's just that Nintendo didn't fully support it on all games to push the use of the gamepad.

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--you must have missed the spot where i said
--the pro is a POS
--biggest POS 'full' controller I have ever played on

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Ill stick with the gamepad, its super comfortable. Plus, I played Wind Waker with the pro controller and due to the placement of the right analog stick, aiming anything attached to any button other than R made it very difficult to aim...

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Praise the sun! I never really like the chunky gamepad

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Does the Wii U even come with a traditional controller? Or is it seperate?

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@cboye18: You have to buy the traditional controller separate. Wish it came bundled w/ the console.

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@Moonco: Are most of those games even playable with the traditional controller? Eventually I couldn't stand the Wii mote so I skipped on big games like Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime Corruption, Twilight Princess etc.

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@cboye18: all the games I have can be played with either or Hyrule Warriors, Wind Waker, Smash Bros, Donkey Kong, Bayonetta, even Wonderful 101 can be played with out the touchpad.

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Oh thank GOD. Being forced to use the Gamepad is horrible!

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Seems good at first, but this game will likely require that mini-map to be out at all times, which is displayed on the GamePad screen.

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I thought Using a pro controller would be awesome and less hassle but after playing through twilight princess HD, I went from the pro controller back to the touch pad. The gyro controls are incredibly useful and fun. But I'm all for more options overall so I'm happy with this news.

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Now I can finally use the pro controller for something. Purchase Justified. Take that, buyer's remorse.

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@Oogazi: I use the Pro controller for PC gaming (Mayflash adapter + controller = win win)

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That just made my day.

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This is a resound HELL ****ING YEAH.