- Also Known As
- The Legend of Zelda: BotW
- Number of Players
- Single Player
- Action, Adventure
- Release Date
- 3rd Mar 2017, $59.99
- 3rd Mar 2017, £59.99
- 3rd Mar 2017
- Legend of Zelda
- Link, Princess Zelda
- E3 2016
- Addons / DLC
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad + Expansion Pass (Switch eShop)
- Also Available On
- Wii U
Review The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
A breathless experience
The Legend of Zelda has always been a franchise that best typifies Nintendo's desire to create memorable, substantial adventures. If Mario is all about precise mechanics and pure enjoyment, Zelda is a series that focuses on storytelling, world-building and classical tropes of good against evil, Hero against returning villain...
Review The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad + Expansion Pass (Switch eShop)
Expanding the great adventure
Nintendo recently dropped the second DLC pack (and final part of the Expansion Pass) for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the most beloved games. For many it's been the addition we've been waiting for, offering new story content and a fresh dungeon in addition to the now-standard add-ons in the forms of...
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guides
Guide Best Zelda Games Of All Time
It's dangerous to go alone - take all these
24th March 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of The Wind Waker's North American launch. To honour the occasion, we have retooled our ranking of all the Zelda games to be governed by each game's User Rating on our database, turning it into a dynamic reader-ranked list that re-orders automatically depending on...
Guide Best Feel-Good Nintendo Switch Games
I see a ship in the harbour
We've updated this list with a couple more feel-good games to help get you through any New Year blues. Enjoy! Blue Monday. No, not just a kick-ass New Order song, but the name coined by marketers for the third Monday in January (or the first, or the second — all January Mondays it seems!), which is purportedly the...
Guide Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom: Everything We Know So Far
We collect every shred of information on the upcoming Zelda sequel
Update: We've given this article a thorough sweep and added a whole bunch of new information on the biggest game of 2023. Feel free to delve into our BOTW2 TOTK trailer breakdowns and, hopefully, find some answers to your burning questions... Polishing off the last few shrines and...
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: Walkthrough, Tips And Hints
Don't go alone, take this
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild set a new bar for Nintendo's classic series, adding a whole host of new items and systems, not to mention enemies and weapons. It's a huge adventure and we figured you might need some help along the way. We've broken up our content into various specific guides that you should find useful...
Back Page Ranking Every Version Of Fairy Fountain From The Legend Of Zelda
Pick of the pixies
You may have noticed that we're doing a video game music festival while the summer months are still here — but you may also be wondering why we haven't included the most important music of all. Fear not! I'm here to save the day by ranking EVERY SINGLE VERSION OF FAIRY FOUNTAIN FROM THE LEGEND OF ZELDA. That's right, it's a...
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: Best Armour And Clothing Sets
Dress for success
Clothing has never played a more important role in any Zelda titles than it does in Breath of the Wild. Link's multiple options serve not only to make him more stylish but also to protect him from Hyrule's harsh environment. With that in mind, we've put together a list of all of the options we've been able to find along with what...
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: All Shrine Locations And Maps
Time to bulk up your hearts and stamina
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an incredible game, both in terms of critical acclaim and sheer size. Few aspects of Link's latest sprawling adventure exemplify this as well as the sheer number of shrines - miniature dungeons focused solely on puzzle solving. Finding all of the shrines in Breath of...
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: All amiibo Unlocks
We are the Champions
If you have been collecting amiibo from the start, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the perfect opportunity to cash-in on your investment with both the Wii U and Switch versions of the game. Every single amiibo released out there (including amiibo cards!) will work in the game, summoning cooking or crafting materials...
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: Tarrey Town Quest
From the ground up
It's amazing how much of the content included in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is entirely optional and can easily be missed on your first playthrough if you're not exploring off the beaten track. One of the coolest optional features involves the construction of an entire town as part of the "From the Ground Up" side...
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: How To Get The Hylian Shield
It's dangerous to go alone
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW) is almost gleeful in the way it casts aside the traditions of the series to present an open-world adventure unlike any other. Not only is protagonist Link relieved of his signature green tunic and iconic hat (at least by default, anyway), the famous Maste
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: Shae Loya Shrine Solution
Stock up on arrows and manipulate time to solve this shrine
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s more easily located shrines tend to be used to test a skill you need to know in the main quest. So it is with Shae Loya, a shrine en route to Rito Village that tests your precision archery skills in preparation for your airborne showdown with...
Guide Zelda: Breath Of The Wild: Sha Warvo Shrine Solution
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
How many shrines must a man hunt down, before he can defeat an ancient evil composed of pure malice, returned from a ten-thousand year slumber with calamitous consequences? “It depends”, is one answer we imagine Bob Dylan could give to this question, if he wasn’t so quick to defer to the wind...
About The Game
Step into a world of adventure
Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on Nintendo Switch, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like.
- Explore the wilds of Hyrule any way you like—anytime, anywhere! - Climb up towers and mountain peaks in search of new destinations, then set your own path to get there and plunge into the wilderness. Along the way, you'll battle towering enemies, hunt wild beasts and gather ingredients for the food and elixirs you'll make to sustain you on your journey. With Nintendo Switch, you can literally take your journey anywhere.
- More than 100 Shrines of Trials to discover and explore - Shrines dot the landscape, waiting to be discovered in any order you want. Search for them in various ways, and solve a variety of puzzles inside. The tasks you must perform in each Shrine varies, and you'll never expect the challenges you'll face until you enter. Some will involve realistic physics, and some will require you to harness the power of nature, including electricity, wind, fire, and more. Work your way through the traps and devices inside, utilizing your runes and think outside the box to earn special items and other rewards that will help you on your adventure.
- Be prepared and properly equipped – With an entire world waiting to be explored, you'll need a variety of outfits and gear to reach every corner. You may need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat. Some clothing even has special effects that, for example, can make you faster or stealthier.
- Battling enemies requires strategy – The world is inhabited with enemies of all shapes and sizes. Each one has its own attack method and weaponry, so you must think quickly and develop the right strategies to defeat them.
- amiibo compatibility – The Wolf Link amiibo from Twilight Princess HD, the Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo are all compatible with this game. Tap the Wolf Link amiibo (sold separately) to make Wolf Link appear in the game. Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help you find items you’re searching for. Tap a Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo to receive helpful in-game items or even a treasure chest!
Will Link have an item that delays important in game events for up to 2 years?
NX version > Wii U version
Hurry up E3. I want more info!
They haven't made a bad Zelda game yet, so it's hard to say anything bad about this. Hope it has some online features.
@improviser meh, triforce heroes wasn't great, but I guess it wasn't bad either.
I can't wait for this game to come out, I will most likely buy the NX solely for this game.
Not wild about 'Breath of the wild' the only way it could be worse is if it was called, 'The Legend of Zelda: The Triforce Awakens'
This looks like absolutely the most incredible video game ever made. Period!
@Iflywright There is something seriously wrong with you.
This game look bloody amazing! All the footage we have seen is for WiiU, im crossing my fingers and toes for an 'improved' version on switch. If this happened I'll wet my pants.
I've always said an 'Elder Scrolls' style game set in the Zelda universe will literally be the best thing ever, and from everything we've seen, this honestly just blows me away overtime I see new footage.
Ocarina of Time has been my favourite game since it's release in '98 but this honestly looks like it could finally better it.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS MASTERPIECE!
I'm a little skeptical of this game, since Twilight Princess was a nightmare to play. The imagery is cool, but I'll wait for player reviews.
We waited and BOOM were rewarded with one of the most well reviewed games ever!
Game is amazing on all fronts, and Wii U version runs excellent as well . I haven't had single framerate dip. Game looks beautiful, runs great.
Cons - making me not play "For Honor"
Pros- Hhhhhmmmmm everything!
@Switched Someone obviously never played Majora's Mask...
Will make you rethink everything you know about the Legend of Zelda.
beautiful game, been a fan of the whole series and love everything about it, the only minor is that i breeze through the game like i have played it before, shrines dungeons and bosses done in one go while in previous games there would have been many points where you would be stuck because of the challenge, cant wait till dlc with hard mode and extra dungeon hope they will be a challenge
@Moviefan2k4 excuse me? Twilight Princess was a great game!! I think Botw will be even better!!
@Blazinglegend16 I was really annoyed by the constant wolf changes, and the dark environments. Most of the time, I couldn't even see what I was doing.
@Moviefan2k4 Well that was the storyline. For being my first Zelda game, I thought it was a good introduction. Btw, people don't notice because of the amazing and just beautiful landscape, but in Botw, the story is pretty dark as well. Link dies, zelda's dad dies, spirits, evil, there's alot. And the wolf part was cool, so you can use animal instincts and your sword. They are both amazing games.
@Blazinglegend16 The only 3D entry I've liked so far is "Ocarina of Time". I mostly prefer the older games with the top-view perspective, like the first two NES games and "A Link to the Past".
@Moviefan2k4 Ok, that's your problem. Alot of us, including me, are young. Nintendo aims their games at 10+ to teen, so alot of young players play it. Which Im happy about, unlike xbox with them M games that Im not aloud to play. I'm saying that people have different opinions. I don't really like the bad graphics, because I have no idea what I am doing, but in recent games, it looks amazing.
I like this game. Period. it's plain amazing. Now I can play zeldacraft without being made fun of, "Minecraft is 4 babies"!!
@Blazinglegend16 No need to get personal; its simply a preference, not a problem.
I just realized that fire and ice weapons effect your body temperature. If you equip a meteor rod it makes your warmer, blizzard rod colder. Haven't seen anyone else mention this.
@Switched No offense, but you are either a pessimist, blunt, or really, really, really stupid. You haven't played this game correctly. I'm only 30 hours in the game and already it was worth buying the $500 bundle.
Amazing game stunning graphics brilliant open world style and is a reasonably hard game to complete but the koroks are just such a pain to get but it doesn't affect the score since they are optional which is a great part of the game that everything except defeating Gannon and the first 3 shrines is optional. No doubt 10/10 outstanding game.
Best Zelda Game on the market. I was unsure of I keep the Switch when I bought it on the 3/3/17, but a few minutes with this game showed me that its worth it. I cant remember when I bought so much Games and stuff for a console. Best first release game ever!
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What a total dream game! So much to do, you could play for YEARS and never get bored! The true meaning of an “open world” can be found in this aesthetic wonderland of endless adventure and discovery!
Great graphics, great storyline, great music. Wonderful game. Poor control setup. Should have stuck with the classic 3D control system Nintendo...would have even further improved play.
This game is great! The world is so big, and once you get of of the Isolated Plateau, you don't even have to play the story, you can just explore. What I love to do is go on an ingredient hunt to find the greatest recipes across Hyrule!
I have but one complaint about this game, I'm ok with amunition items, but items wearing out and breaking sucks, ESPECIALLY when you get really great items and it breaks after hitting a boss only a few times. Some people often argue "it adds to the realism, stuff wears out", but it doesn't, it DOES add to the frustration, hell, even the Master Sword becomes screwed and is useless for a good long while as it waits to recharge, what kind of ultimate magical weapon of power is this ??? hell, you can wear the same outfit throughout the whole game and not a single thread will come loose no matter how often you are attacked, but the Miraculous, Magical, Super Weapon of Ultimate Power can break ??? I REALLY hope Nintendo does NOT repeat this in the next game......
despite its flaws (pure opinion), I still think it rocks
Oh crap I hope Samus's suits and weapons don't break on me too !!!
I loved this game- I've sunk over a hundred hours into it- and it's become my second favorite Zelda game!
Zelda Breath of the Wild is very cool!!
You obviously haven't played all the Zelda series, and for your information fantasy is evil all on it's own.
I love Breath of The Wild great game however Ocarina of Time will always remain my favorite not just for nostalgic reasons but also how enjoyable and creative it is that it never gets boring!.
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@wajihasalman good luck.i have had for over a year and need to get stuck in.
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This game is great! The world is so big, and once you get of of the Isolated Plateau, you don't even have to play the story, you can just explore.I just realized that fire and ice weapons effect your body temperature.
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beautiful RPG with a great story, amazing atmosphere and so much to do in it. <3
Only wish there were more marmots in this game.haha
Played it twice though! ))))
Like the game and still playing it little by little. Beautiful game and lots to explore. This game may take me a long time to finish.
This game is amazing. It gets you invested into the game with the story (if you decide to follow the story), the graphics are beautiful, the voice acting is good, and the guardian theme will give you PTSD in a good way. It falls in some categories like weaopn durability and final boss difficulty, but overall it's such a good game. I reccomend this game to anyone with a switch or wii u (remember?)
this game was the one that made me buy a switch. lol
I'm so in love with it that I almost finish the game completely I just need to find the rest of the korok seeds lol
This is definitely one of the only games I could play for hours on end (not that I haven't already) and still feel pumped! Nintendo really got the formula right for this baby 👍👍
I gave this one a 3/10 Bad rating, despite popular opinion, because it is not casual player friendly
-Weapon durability is just not needed, especially on top of the other issues I have with it
-There is some quest direction but not nearly enough for me. I get that the open-world nature of the game means you are supposed to get distracted by other things but there should always be an objective to get you back on the right track. (Check out Immortals Fenyx Rising for an example. Whatever complaints you have about it, all quest tracking is so much better)
-I don’t mind a non traditional leveling system, as long as it works. To get anything more than your starter 3, maybe 4 hearts, you need to complete shrines, next to impossible for me with the game’s quest tracking design
-Fast travel points should be unlocked as you progress, not a sidetrack to find a tower and reveal the map, which should also at least be revealed as you explore/walk. The game’s suboptimal system makes going anywhere extremely tedious
I get that there is a majority of people who think, probably rightly so, that this is an awesome game, but it is just not for me. Like I said, for me, Fenyx Rising does it better.
one of the best games on the switch, loved it so much
Cool it with the combat trials, and we have the best game ever made.
love this game so much!
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OMG I'm obsessed with this game!
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