- Also Known As
- The Legend of Zelda: BotW
- Number of Players
- 1 (Single Player)
- Release Date
- 3rd Mar 2017, $59.99
- 3rd Mar 2017, £59.99
- 3rd Mar 2017
- Also Available On
- Addons / DLC
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad + Expansion Pass
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...
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...
So mushroom in our hearts (not our stomachs)
Food, glorious food~ Pikmin 4 is just around the corner, and with all three previous mainline Pikmin games now available on the Nintendo Switch, it got us reflecting on a particular aspect of the plucky RTS-like series. No, not the freaky fauna and flora of the world, or even the adorable little Pikmin...
Where does Tears of the Kingdom rank?
We've now updated this reader-ranked Zelda list with the latest entry, Tears of the Kingdom. Remember, this list is dynamic and governed in real-time by each game's User Rating on our games database. Therefore, it is subject to change even after publication! In order to rate any of the games on the list below...
What happened before Tears Of The Kingdom?
We have been looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for around six years now. Ever since we first rolled credits on Breath of the Wild, we have been eagerly anticipating what is to come next, speculating about who Link will be facing, what's the deal with his arm, and what the sequel...
So you've completed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (congratulations!), or so you think. Upon landing the final blow on the final boss and watching the end of the game, you arrive back in Hyrule with a percentage in the bottom lefthand corner of your map screen, and it's not quite 100%. In fact, it's likely to be very far from 100%...
Lore of the Ruins
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shook things up for Zelda fans in a variety of ways. Dungeons were reduced, exploration was increased, and our vocabularies were expanded by a mysterious new word, echoes of which popped up all over Hyrule: "Zonai". Perhaps best known for Faron's Zonai Ruins, the footprints of this...
We collect every shred of information on the BOTW sequel
Update: Reviews are live, and as far as the critics are concerned, TOTK is a winner: <related ids="148637,149290"> Polishing off the last few shrines and giving Calamity Ganon what for in the final battle of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a bittersweet act. After such a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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Too much background noise?
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, Ollie looks back on how Tears of the Kingdom's launch hype on social media may have affected his own enjoyment of the game... On May 12th, 2023, I, like countless other...
Specs comparable to PS4 and Xbox One
Oh boy... The 'Switch 2' hype train is picking up some speed now, huh? According to The Verge, Nintendo has reportedly already briefed Activision-Blizzard on its next console and had in fact done so back in December last year. The news has been brought to light thanks to internal emails from the FTC Vs...
With "minimal load times" thrown in, too
Just last week, we heard rumblings that Nintendo's next console — which we're still tentatively calling the 'Switch 2' — was demoed to select developers at Gamescom 2023. The reports from both Eurogamer and VGC suggested that the console showcased an improved version of
The new documentary charts a legend's return
It’s January 13, 2017 – the day of the Nintendo Switch Presentation. Unbeknownst to anyone until today, Nintendo’s latest console is going to be released in under two months, and with it the latest installment in The Legend of Zelda series, Breath of the Wild. A hush goes over the crowd as the final...
Because of course they did
We've seen some pretty weird and wonderful builds in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but this one is most certainly one of the wildest out there. Much like Breath of the Wild, the latest Zelda entry features dragons, all of which gently glide around the land of Hyrule, occasionally shooting down int
Horrifying, that's what
If you purchased the additional DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, then you'll know that the game supports a 'Master Mode' option, enabling players to experience the story with a number of bum-chafingly difficult alterations, including enemy types, regenerating health, and more. Sadly, Tears of the Kingdom...
We have spent a lot of time thinking about the Switch 2 so far this year. In fact, we spent a lot of time thinking about it last year too. And the year before... and the year before that. And th... you know what? We've been thinking about it for a while. Our thoughts have covered everything from just how Switch-y Nintendo's next console...
Don't miss out!
If you're a fan of all things Zelda, but never got around to getting Good Smile Company's Breath of the Wild Nendoroid when they originally released, here's another chance to secure them. The Good Smile Company is re-releasing these figures - with pre-orders now officially live. Nintendo fans can choose from Link or Princess Zelda...
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe passes 55 million units sold
Nintendo has released its financial results for the first quarter of FY24, providing an updated view of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games as of June 30th, 2023. Given that we've already reported on the incredible numbers achieved by
What's more important — saving the world from impending doom, or rescuing the cat that's stuck at the top of a tree? Depending on who you ask, they might give you an answer you won't expect. I'm not saying that we should ignore the kitty cats at all, but when you're presented with the dilemma of missing a quest that's simply about...
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!