A few days ago I caught the trailer for The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild.
The Breath of the Wild was presented to the world at E3, and oh how it took me back. You can watch it below if you like. There isn’t much to say about the trailer, apart from how glorious the game looks. It really does remind me of when I personally first experienced Hyrule with The Ocarina of Time, and the wonder that stayed with me through every minute of that game.
If you want more of my wonder, you can see my article written a year ago, which talks about the difference between playing The Ocarina of Time as a child, and as an adult.
As The Ocarina of Time is in my opinion the best in the Zelda series, I thought it might be fun to draw some small comparisons with it specifically, rather than look at the series as a whole. None of the games since caught the same level of “magic”, at least for me and I tended to tire of the sequels too quickly, so it’s nice to work back and compare to 1998.
There’s some nice footage of the lake, which reminded me of the first time I made the gentle steps off the bank of Lake Hylia into the water. Hyrule Castle looks exactly as my child self imagined it would do with a few more pixels and more detail. I half expected Gandondorf to storm across the bridge with Zelda in tow.
Ducks in The Legend Of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. Source: Nintendo
The music throughout feels reminiscent, but also different to previous games. It’s like I know it, but haven’t heard it before.
Jeez, I’m starting to sound like Sheik with all his (her) poetry, but it’s true. It got the goosebumps running for me. I also noticed the shuffling of the feet as Link is running which was oddly comforting, and I wanted to see a little forward roll if I am honest. All these little points are so subtle, but it just shows the impression the first game had on me.
It seems you can ride any horse, which annoys me a touch because… well… Epona.
They had a connection. I hope she makes an appearance and still has a role to play, and it looks like she may well do after one scene where Link crosses a bridge on horseback.
Horse riding in The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. Source: Nintendo
Link has also gone all Assassin’s Creed and it seems that climbing is going to be even more important to the journey than it has been in the past for our young warrior.
Overall, the trailer does a wonderful job of showing us the land we love, whilst giving nothing away about the storyline, the villains, or even Link’s companions in the story.
Open your eyes. And join me, in looking forward to this.