The moment is almost upon us – soon, the world of Hyrule will open up once again in Nintendo’s upcoming epic The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This title launches on both the Wii U and the Switch on the 3rd of March, and it will boast a game world even bigger than the huge world seen in Skyrim. The entire world of Twilight Princess can fit inside the opening region of Breath of the Wild – an illustration of how big the new Zelda game is.
My aim is to offer up a diary of my experiences of this new game. If the Switch allows it, this will be in video form, but if not, it will be serialised here. Proceeding on the assumption that it will be a written diary, the purpose of this post is to offer up how I feel as I stand on the edge of possibly the greatest Zelda adventure of all time.
‘It’s the deep breath before the plunge’ – Gandalf the White, Return of the King
It most certainly is. I’ve seen the demo footage, and I’ve studied the trailers intently. There are many places of interest to see, and what’s been running through my mind is where to start. I find myself drawn to the volcano in the distance. Nintendo have said that if you can see it in the distance, you can travel to it, and so it may well be that I set off in that direction. That said, the map reveals a skull-shaped rock, to the north east, which is a curious formation, and one that kindles memories of the original Legend of Zelda game on the NES (given this is the 30th anniversary of the Zelda series, this does not strike me as a coincidence). Somewhere in this vast land waits the Master Sword, and the Guardians lurk everywhere, waiting to attack Link if he strays too close.
This promises to be amazing. It promises to be emotional (yes, I know, it’s a game, only to some of us it’s more than that – after all, some of us get emotional over sports, some over soaps, others over music, so why can’t I get emotional over a game?), and exciting. I hope you will join me on this adventure.
On to Chapter 1