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New Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay video and trailer revealed at Game Awards 2016

Geoff Keighley’s long-time friend (and Nintendo of America’s head honcho), Reggie Fils-Aime, took to the Game Awards stage to present a new video for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild toonight. This one was less of a trailer and more of a Let’s Play courtesy of the Nintendo Treehouse. The video showed Link in action as he fought off some enemies, healed himself with some food, and battled a boss. The gameplay video ended just as Link approached a treasure chest (of course).

The biggest takeaway, though, is that Bill Trinen announced that Breath of the Wild is going to release in “2017,” which should only add fuel to the rumors that the title is going to miss its hoped-for March 2017 release date alongside the launch of the Nintendo Switch. Only time will tell.

However, we also got a new Breath of the Wild trailer tonight as well, and it’s available after the break. (more…)

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New footage from Nintendo’s Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 2K’s Prey will debut during the 2016 Game Awards

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The 2016 Game Awards are just a few days away, and in addition to crowning this year’s “Game of the Year,” host Geoff Keighley will also introduce a handful of World Premiere trailers featuring some of 2017’s biggest games.

Yesterday, we learned the names of two more games that’ll get a few minutes in the spotlight courtesy of the awards show… Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 2K’s Prey:

The 2016 Game Awards will kick off at 8:30 PM (Eastern Time) on Thursday, December 1. Keighley has promised the night will be full of surprises and the host previously confirmed that BioWare will also take the stage this year to debut the first gameplay footage from Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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Nintendo is taking a Legend of Zelda Escape Room on tour in 2017

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It looks like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won’t be the only new Hyrulian adventure that Nintendo has planned for 2017. The consolemaker has teamed up with Scrap, the winner of USA Today’s “Best Escape Room of 2016” award, to create a Zelda-themed live puzzle experience known as Defenders of the Triforce:

While the words “escape room” might come to mind when describing this new experience, Defenders of the Triforce is so much more than that. Instead of escaping from a locked room, participants work in teams of six to solve a mystery in a huge area, all within a set time limit. The experience will let guests interact with classic items and characters seen in The Legend of Zelda series like the Goron, Zora, and Kokiri tribes. Discovered items can be used to solve puzzles and move forward into other areas, just like in The Legend of Zelda games.

The Defenders of the Triforce Puzzle Tour is currently scheduled to hit eight cities next year, and tickets can be purchased at ScrapZelda.com:

Defenders of the Triforce Puzzle Tour

  • San Francisco: January 31 – February 5
  • Los Angeles: February 10-12
  • San Diego: February 24-25
  • Seattle: TBA
  • Phoenix: TBA
  • Houston: TBA
  • Chicago: TBA
  • New York: TBA

Hopefully, more dates will be added to the Defenders of the Triforce Puzzle Tour soon.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might not be a launch title for Nintendo Switch

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Officially, Nintendo will launch The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sometime in 2017, though many fans are hoping it’ll be released in March as part of the Switch’s launch lineup. Unfortunately, if you believe a new rumor from “Emily Rogers,” it’s much more likely the game will available in Summer 2017.

Breath of the Wild is shaping up to be a big game, and according to Rogers’s sources, it’s taking Nintendo much longer to localize it than they originally planned. Because of this scheduling snafu, the sources say Nintendo will need an addition four-to-six months to test Breath of the Wild for bugs, which would push its launch to next Summer:

That brings us to the month of November. More sources have now come forward and corroborated my information. They’ve told me that localization for Breath of the Wild might not be finished until the end of December. After localization is completed, this game will require between (at least) four-to-six months of testing. As I mentioned earlier, this is one of Nintendo’s largest and most ambitious games ever. The amount of testing required for a huge open-world game like this is enormous. Nintendo’s intention is to have the game as bug free as possible.

Eurogamer corroborated this proposed production schedule with their own internal sources, so it’s looking more and more likely that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won’t be ready in time for the Switch’s launch window.

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Nintendo NX is a console/handheld hybrid officially known as Nintendo Switch

All the rumors are true. Nintendo’s NX console is actually a console/handheld hybrid known as the Nintendo Switch.

Set to launch in March 2017, games for the Switch will be released on cartridges and players will be able to “switch” between playing on their TV with the Switch Dock or taking them on the road with a tablet-sized screen and controllers that click into place on the edges. A “Pro Controller” option will also be available, and certain games will feature a Wii-style “Remote + Nunchuk” control scheme for gaming on the go (with a kickstand for the screen). If you’d prefer a more traditional setup, the controllers can be attached to a Joy-Con Grip to better emulate a regular controller.

So what else did we learn? For starters, beloved Bethesda RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be available for the Switch. 2K’s NBA 2K17 also made an appearance in the video.

Nintendo themselves gave us a quick glimpse at a brand new Super Mario 3D game, as well as remasters of (or possibly sequels to) Splatoon and Mario Kart 8. And, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was also on display.

The final launch date and price will be announced at a later date, but I’m sure we’ll learn much more about the Switch throughout the day. And there’s always the Red Dead Redemption 2 reveal to look forward to in about an hour.

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Nintendo Japan releases four Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailers ahead of NX unveiling

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Nintendo will unveil their NX console in less than an hour, but did you know that the consolemaker secretly uploaded three new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailers yesterday? Courtesy of Nintendo Japan, the trailers are titled “Risk,” “Revitalization,” “Weather,” and an untitled fourth clip.

Link explores the Temple of Time in “Risk,” and he also climbs Hyrule’s highest peaks and snowboards back down on his shield. Our hero takes care of some business in “Revitalization,” bashing monsters and putting his bow skills to good use. At one point, he even lights a club on fire and uses it to deliver a flaming knockout blow to an enemy.

“Weather” is a nearly static four-minute shot of a ruined boat that’s sitting in front of an equally dilapidated building with a formidable castle and Death Mountain loom in the background. Finally, the untitled trailer features an extended time-lapse of the game’s day-night cycle. All four trailers can be found after the break.

And don’t forget about the many (many, many, many) mini-trailers Nintendo has released for the game over the past few months.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the NX and Wii U sometime next year (more…)

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If Link can cook, so can you in the latest Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mini-trailer

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Link is going to have plenty of dinner options when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is released for the Wii U and Nintendo NX next year. In the game, players will be able to find food and cook it to restore Hearts, but certain foods will contain special ingredients that can temporarily boost Link’s resistance or stamina. Some of these superfoods are on display in the latest mini-trailer for Breath of the Wild:

To give you an idea of how food conveys bonuses in Breath of the Wild, Link received ten minutes of “Cold Resistance” after eating a Spicy Pepper in the trailer. But not all foods are recommended by Hyrule’s equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration. If Link adds a Hylian Shroom to his pot, he’ll scoop out a bowl of “Dubious Food” and receive the message: “Eating it won’t hurt you… probably.”

I don’t think Nintendo would send Link on a bad trip… but you never know. Maybe his buddy Mario can offer him some advice on the proper preparation of mushrooms.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date possibly leaked by Nintendo France

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Leaks, especially when they’re connected to Nintendo, aren’t always a reliable and accurate indicator of reality. However, Nintendo France may have accidentally outed a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild earlier this week.

Yesterday, the Nintendo France site displayed a March 4, 2017 release date for the three Amiibo figures in the upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild series. The consolemaker quickly amended the website, but not before a Reddit user captured a screenshot of the page.

There’s a chance that Nintendo France was using a placeholder date on their website, but it’s equally possible that the company plans to launch the Amiibo figures and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (and, by extension, the NX console) on March 4. Each step in this chain requires its own grain of salt, but Nintendo has previously said that the NX will launch in March, so it’s not that far-fetched. Though we also have to consider the possibility this release date only applies to the Amiibo figures. It’s not uncommon for the company to launch Amiibo figures before the game they’re connected to, and Nintendo could be planning to launch Breath of the Wild at a later date.

Nintendo did not respond to media outlets that asked for a comment on the possible release date leak.

Let’s hope Nintendo makes an official announcement related to the NX/Zelda: Breath of the Wild soon. The suspense is killing me.

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