Though Nintendo hasn't yet given a release date, it decided this week to promote the first major DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch and Wii U. Though early purchases had a few extra treasure chests from day one, the Expansion Pass is all about two major sets of content in Summer and then the Holiday season.
For many, we suspect, there's a focus on the Holiday pack that'll include a 'new original story', a 'new dungeon' and 'additional challenges'. The story is what excites this writer - the ending of the game after clearing all the main quests perhaps hints at the direction it'll take, and when playing recently we also looked at the land to the far North of the map, currently inaccessible, and fantasized about Link hopping on a boat to help a new territory. Perhaps that's all a bit ambitious, but when you see the size of story add-ons to the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt the bar is set pretty darn high.
That's a while away, though, and first we'll have The Master Trials DLC, which adds some quality of life features and a bit of actual playable content. Below is a summary of each, but without the PR fluff.
Trial of the Sword - Link starts with no real gear and fights his way through 'around 45 total rooms' to unlock the full power of the Master Sword, in that it'll be boosted permanently (and not just when fighting Guardians and bosses). It seems rather like a longer combat-led version of Eventide Island.
Hard Mode - A basic Hero mode should arguably have been there from the start, as was notably the case with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. In fairness, the game is plenty difficult in the early stages due to its survival-style mechanics and emergent gameplay, but those that saw the end credits were possibly disappointed when no hard mode was then unlocked. As for what this will specifically do, it'll bring strong foes in each area that are smarter and spot you easier, and some will stand on 'floating planks' protecting treasure.
Hero's Path Mode - The use of a cookie cutter figure aside, this should prove helpful for those seeking those final shrines while also shunning online guides. This will draw out 200 hours of your progress on the map, showing where you've been in that time; naturally you can then head towards any gaps from your exploration.
Travel Medallion - Shrines are not just handy for their orbs, but in the game they're invaluable travel points. This item, once you find it, will allow you to set one custom travel point at a time.
Korok Mask - The quest for Korok seeds is the craziest sidequests in the game - they're used to expand your inventory slots but the very idea of finding all 900 gives this writer a headache. Someone managed it and got a humorously trolling reward, but if you want to really get on the quest for 900 this mask will alert you when you're close to a Korok.
New Equipment - Throwing in extra gear is standard for adventure game DLC, so we shouldn't be surprised. There are eight pieces of equipment 'themed after fan-favorite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora's Mask', with the Tingle gear shown above.
When we asked for your feedback on the initial reveal of the Expansion Pass, we'd say it was mixed. Now that Nintendo has unveiled the content of the Summer update, what do you think of it? Are you keen to dive in, or are you holding off to see what's delivered in the Holiday content? Let us know in the polls and comments below.
That Tingle costume is both disgusting and creepy.
WHY TINGLE?? But Majors mask is pretty cool, wonder what it does
I see these mostly as a little something to tide us over to the actual DLC at the end of the year. I paid the $30 (Australia yay) for the story and dungeon in the last pack, anything is an added bonus, one of which basically being Eventide Island on steroids which is awesome!
Tingle costume looks sooooo...... gay (???)
Wait, Majora's Mask is in it? Wouldn't that be awesome if it had something to do with the DLC story?!
Bought Expansion pack day 1, and it keeps getting better!
Add with Tingle's face and Voila... XD
I'm sorry, but you should really change the first poll to "I'm really excited for the Tingle outfit"
I'm waiting for a release date for this content before I plunk down on it. I'm not spending $20 on future promises when I can get actual games and content right now for $20. When I'll actually get something for the money, I'll be on board.
This DLC is underwhelming, most of it feels like it should be free and is arriving too late. I'm hoping the real DLC when it arrives at Christmas will give us a proper reason to come back to the game.
@Danpal65 Yeah, I'm in that camp. It's all about the Holiday story content for me, but I'll likely pay for this just to do the Sword Trial. Currently on my 'full' playthrough after bashing through to the credits for review, and despite all the hours I still love playing this game.
I'd be a lot more interested if I could have these features now. By "summer" I'll be playing other stuff and most of the features here will be too late to be useful.
I've been speculating on what the other gear might do...
Tingle's Outfit - makes rupees appear in a wider variety of places.
Phantom Armour - increased defence, but at a cost.
Majora's Mask - causes a blood moon every night.
Midna's Helmet - allows you to tame a wild wolf as a companion.
Bought it day 1, it was useless but I knew I'd buy it eventually. The new fonctionnalities are most welcome with the hard mode so I can aim 100% by the time they release the 2nd dlc. I really hope it will be worth the price. I would hate to be disapointed by Nintendo
This is just the starter before the main course. I'm still playing it on Wii U and I won't be purchasing the DLC there as I'll be buying the game again on Switch. I'll wait until the 2nd DLC pack arrives before purchasing it. I'll play through the new story then restart the main adventure again on hard mode with all the new extras there. Sounds like a good plan to me.
How can anybody not love the tingle outfit? I would pay 20 bucks if that was the ONLY content...
I have no plans of buying DLC yet. I'm still playing the game and enjoying my time. I'll take another look once all the DLC is released and decide then if it's worth it.
It's not bad for a first round of DLC. A lot of these are just small additions to an already incredible game.
Will the Hero's Path your your route from the time BEFORE you started using it?
I just hope that the Tingle outfit will elicit fun reactions, similar to running around half-naked.
+1 if the translation team manages to add a "Feels like I'm wearing nothing at all, nothing at all" reference
@SLIGEACH_EIRE What is disgusting and creepy about it?
On topic, I'm looking forward to this DLC. It's a great game and more is better.
I'm waiting to buy a Switch to finish the game. I'm wondering if I wait til Christmas they'll bundle it all together as a GOTY edition?
@FantasiaWHT Yes, I believe they said it logged what you've been doing for the last 200 hours, DLC bought or not.
That means the feature is present in the game and put behind a paywall, I guess.
@Anti-Matter I wasn't aware gay had a look
Yummy, I want it all, but I'm waiting until all of it is out. I am so not about tinkle or tingle outfit.
TINGLE TINGLE KOOLOO LIMPAH
Tingle outfit to cause Zelda to get a restraining order against Link. I mean, I would... Those underpants...
@CosmoXY It looks like a gimp suit.
The Tingle suit looks very revealing, I wonder if NPCs will react to it.
I got the season pass for the second DLC. The first DLC does not interest me and I don't know if I'll use it. I do like the Phantom armor from Spirit tracks though.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I don't agree that a lot of it should be free, I think that Breath of the Wild offers a lot of game already for the money and I can understand Nintendo wanting some return on the extra development.
I will wait at least until the first part is released before coughing up though...
@Savino I don't have enough time in my life for a second playthrough, let alone a third! I suspect this game will keep me going for a long-time yet...
@Anti-Matter Tingle's not gay, he's just an odd person. http://kotaku.com/nintendo-explains-where-tingle-came-from-1686538751
Don't know till I try it
Only Tingle is majestic enough to pull off that outfit. Something about it doesn't look quite right on Link.
Nothing for me here. I'll see what the story expansion looks like
@neufel tracking movement was probably added with the first update so that they could implement the full tracker later as DLC when finished.
I like the idea of the balloon held floating platforms. Kind of stinks that they are only in hard mode as I suspect most people will only play normal mode and I really don't see a reason to limit them to hard mode. I'd be OK with only having them appear after you beat the final boss. Assuming the game let's you keep playing after that, which I think it does if only to gather all of the Korok seeds.
Is this all releasing at once? If that hero mode map and travel point are ready just release them now, why wait? It might even get a few more people to pony up the $19.99. I would.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE lol, only if your mind is in the gutter. Stop being a pervert.
The Hard mode is what I'm most excited for. Because nothing screams "fun" like making a game that already beat me bloody, before even harder!
Aside from that, the Trial of the Sword will bring me back, but won't last me very long. The Hero's Path is nice, as is the Traveler's Medallion. The outfits are cool, as is the idea of having some help finding those Koroks. I'm pretty excited for this. And just imagine, if this is the appetizer, what's the main course gonna be like?
Now that Nintendo has detailed the DLC...I am not interested in replaying the game any time soon, so I don't need any of these features for a few years yet. I'm hoping the second DLC will be much more impressive, and worthy of $20. This first pack just feels like the free Shy Guys you got when you pre-ordered the Mario Kart 8 DLC.
@ZurapiiYohane Don't you get them from scanning Amiibos?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE - I've always been creeped out by Tingle, but it's part of his charm. He's not creepy in the same way as a ReDead, Wall Master, or Dead/Infinite Hand, so perhaps "unsettling" is a better way to describe him. I've probably put an abnormal amount of thought into Tingle through the years, and still never reached any sort of personal conclusion about him. He's perplexing. While we're at it, oddly, I find Beetle to be a tiny bit creepy, but I've never figured out why.
I'm surprised how many people are happy with premium DLC that would, in past Zelda games, have been included as part of the base game.
The value of Breath of the Wild's additional content really hinges on the new dungeon and scenario that will be coming.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I, for one, like it.
Tingle = One sexy platter
The first pack is an absolute insult to consumers, and is just stuff that should have been in the main game. It's just pay to win.
If Majora's Mask gives me the option to drop the moon on a camp of Lizalfos, even just one time, than than the entire DLC will be worth it.
@RainbowGazelle is it now? what is necessary (or cheap) that should have been in the first game?, hard mode aside (which really should have just unlocked after beating the game the first time round.
@FantasiaWHT yes. It's supposed to be retroactive, meaning the game is already tracking where you go now, which means it should have been included from the beginning. It's still a nice addition but me and the wife was wondering why there was no way in the game to track all that already.
@RainbowGazelle I don't think you know what "pay to win" means.....cause it surely doesn't apply to this game or the DLC
Some nice features and additions there but really these all should've been included with the base game.
@bimmy-lee Tingle doesn't bother me. To me he is the comic relief character. I agree with you on Beedle...something always seemed off about that guy to me.
That Tingle costume makes Link look like the Gimp from Pulp Fiction.
@Octorok385 that would be awesome
Well, people is accustomed to pay for any fart so...
I already paid 70 euro for this. I'll wait for the next game, the true content. Just my opinion.
I loved, loved, loved Eventide Island so the idea of an extended challenge might get me to budge on paying for the DLC.
@Mr_Zurkon Check again, not even close.
I'm tempted to pick it up now for the map feature as although 75 hours in I have only just done the zora boss. Will take me til xmas to finish it at this rate -I do enjoy exploring...
The Story DLC is what the majority of the £17.99 is for.
This first piece of DLC is disappointing to me, but I know the real DLC will come later at the Holidays. I certainly hope it'll be worth it, cause right now, I'm not overly impressed.
I'm actually for the most part excited for the Kurok Mask. Those Kurok Seeds is basically all I have left to get so I will be looking forward to that
I'm going to hold off getting the DLCs till later. I put in so much hours in the base game that I still haven't fight Calamity Ganon. Although the new equipments and travel medallion do peak my interest.
Not big on the tingle outfit, but if it have an effect like finding more rubies, I'll dance around like he just found a fairy.
Most interesting thing for me is the Korok mask. Those little puzzles can be so hard to find!
Once this DLC comes out, I'll do a Japanese/w subs 100% run on hard mode. <3
@G-Boy Really, Tingle has a childlike innocence that makes me believe he has no real sexual preference. Like, none whatsoever.
@RoomB31 Hard mode, the hero's path (which is retroactive, meaning that the game is already keeping track of the steps, you just have to pay extra to see them), the korok finder (similar to the poe lantern in TP), and the travel medallion (pay extra to set your own custom way point; a feature many other games have in as standard).
I want it for the Holiday update and I like a couple of features. At the same time, I probably won't buy until I get more details on the holiday update. I hate playing the season pass gambling game.
Playing the main game until x-mas. No hurry with the DLC.
@RainbowGazelle I for one will love to pay for a hard mode and a Tingle costume...to win?
Well I'll agree on the Tingle part. Tingle always wins!
I'll probably buy it when I complete the game, which might take a while.
@AlternateButtons Definitely not.
The "your opinion" poll needs another answer:
I'm absolutely Tingled!
Looks alright the DLC. I'm not one to purchase DLC normally but botw is pretty damn exceptional and the more the better.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE The game have more content than 99.99% of games and you say that this DLC should be free? You are pathetic and desgusting, conplaining all the time, it's so freaking good seeing you breaking your face with all NS/Zelda success, i'm happy to see Nintendo doing great again just to see pathetic haters like you crying like little babies trying find something to bash.
@rennandovale Hey man, relax your cacks. The game is awesome, more than that, it is stupendous, I think it's now my favourite game ever, replacing Super Metroid as my no.1 game of all time(didn't think such a thing was possible) but we are allowed criticise this DLC. Yes, the first couple of packs are a bit crappy but I'm sure the last pack will be great. That is where the real meat lies in this DLC, the rest is just fluff.
It's a start but they can go much further. They have spent years building a stunning incarnation of Hyrule, filled it with incredible details and a physics system that needs to be in the next Metroid, developed Zelda into a proper character and the best incarnation of Link ever.
Saying goodbye to all that after just a year seems like such a waste.
I hope we get some year 2 DLC that continues the story even further. Link and Zelda have a kingdom to rebuild, so let us! Rebuilding Castle Town, adding in proper dungeons and dealing with some Mini-bosses (like the Yuga clan leader) would all be welcome.
And if they feel like expanding the world that area north of Hyrule across the large ravine looks very inviting....
@SLIGEACH_EIRE You can say that again!
It will be interesting to see how they do the main DLC, the new story. Will they put it within the existing land or expand the boundaries around the map? A story from 100 years ago with Zelda, Link and the 4 Champions all playable, somehow setting up the story for Link in the present could be very interesting. Though it would pose some difficulties, like revamping a ravaged land.
Oh I'm definitely getting that Phantom Armour
I'll probably wear the Tingle Tee for humiliation purposes: Green tights riding on a Lynel anyone?
@Captain_Gonru "Holding it seems pointless"
Well it's not pointless exactly, it's to justify the $19.99 price, if you dole it out piecemeal then it looks like it should be free like Spaltoon, so I understand their logic, I just don't think making an invisible line on a map green and 1 fast travel point should be locked behind a paywall. But if it is, get it out there ASAP. I will give them this, I'm such a giving guy, they did just roll out the update w/ the language tracks. I'm looking forward to playing w/ Japanese audio if I can still get English subtitles. I like listening to Japanese but I can't read it. I think something else was in there too but I forget since I'm nto playing it yet.
One thing I haven't scene mentioned yet is how fun it will be looking at all the Zelda U pics on Miiverse of people writing out their names in script. And probably a lot of penis pics too, can't be helped. Great, just realized Ntinedo will probably pull that green line 2 weeks after launch.
@derickw69 - Yeah, not sure what it is about Beedle. Maybe the noises he makes? Kinda creepy. He kind of resembles a Rito from WW with its feathers plucked. Though I find Tingle to be a bit unsettling, he's still one of my favorite side characters in the series.
@Tingle_The_Great I never would have guessed.
I'm painting that Tingle Outfit pink the moment I get it!
Link looks fine as hell in that Tingle costume.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Tingle's outfit is certainly not creepy. It is just adorable.There is nothing creepy about it.
I like this DLC! (Although I've yet to purchase it because I'm lite on rupees atm)
I have some more DLC suggestions!
How about 1st person mode? I remember Nintendo originally wanted OoT to be that but they thought gamers would miss seeing Link in the game. Make this a reality via DLC!
How about adding music? Get that LoZ Symphony to come up with some orchestrated Zelda tunes and put a price on it via DLC!
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Admit it. You want that Tingle outfit.
Honestly after seeing the Majora's Mask and Tingles outfit, I might just splurge on the DLC.
@Anti-Matter Tingle isn't "gay", he's just different. He dreams of flying just like the fairies that inhabit Termina with his balloon backpack, which makes him an excellent map maker and great comic relief. His design though many would question it, is just as odd as his personality, which is good since it's makes him stand out among other Zelda characters and the reason why he's a fan favorite.
Love the game so Far. I hope the DLC will actually give us some more to be happy about and that it doesn't feel half ass'd. The game is absolutely stunning
@TheLZdragon Is it time for a TingLz comeback?
of course aounuma had to push his awful Tingle down our throats. geez.
I hope he is the next one to retire.
@AlwaysGreener yeah fans are creepy
Purchased the DLC, but where do the chests get put with the Switch shirt and all that?
@Minotaurgamer Tingle was designed by Imamura, Aonuma actually decided against including Tingle when they were developing Twilight Princess. But later on, they committed to the fanbase and kind of gave him more main character status.
It's underwhelming for now, considering a lot of these features being DLC are very criticized when done by other companies. The hard mode, specially, feels like a slap on the face, considering it just seems to be stronger enemies instead of a Master Quest level of hard.
I'm open to buying if the Holiday DLC is good, but for now, it's a no go, just like Echoes DLC. I miss when Nintendo had no DLC or Mario Kart 8 kind of DLC.
So it says the Trial of Swords will unlock the full power of the master sword, bringing the damage to a permanent 60. Does it also remove the limitation for the amount of times you can hit something with it? I didn't really get that impression from what they've said so far.
Looks alright. I'll probably have the game done 100% by the time this is out, though. Although, I could see myself buying this pack in a year or so when I want to do another playthrough.
Everything looks great aside from the Hard Mode. it seems like very very minor differences to have to PAY for. Looking forward to the other new features though.
I was hoping for more bang for my buck MK8 style. So far it's a bit underwhelming.
I plan on getting it, just to have the last release for the Wii U with the Holiday DLC.
@Baker1000 they're all on the Great Plateau. Which is still pretty vague, I'd recommend doing a Google search, that's how I found them.
I'm sure hard mode will have harder bosses as well. If not, I'll be disappointed. The final boss was way too easy, not the horror I imagined that could destroy all the land.
Good to see more of Tingle back. He's one of my favourite characters for a simple reason: He brought my faith back into handheld Zelda games: When Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks failed to impress, Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland succeeded and brought back the magic and everything I wanted from a Zelda game on the go.
Personally I'm looking forward to this. Yeah it's not earth shattering but what did people expect from this pack? Hard mode is alright but I'm mainly looking forward to the Trial of the Sword. The MM equipment is a nice bonus (Tingle rocks) and maybe I'll use the Korok mask, I only have a fraction of the seeds...
@Kayfios Well, he had sex with Pinkle in Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, so that's not true.
the poll is wrong why is tingle outfit not a choice
I am not a fan of thid DLC. They are charging for what should have been in a free patch. The Korok mask, the Medallion, the Path and the Hard Mode should all have been free updates.
It sets an alarming precedent that everyone should be very cautious about.
That they are not offering the two packs seperately is another cause for concern.
I'm pretty much on board with the DLC at this point. The new trials sound interesting but I'm also really interested in the map tracking mode, so that I can make sure I've explored every nook and cranny of the game world! Constantly worried I'm missing things but don't want to ruin the experience by using a guide, so this is very welcome indeed. Not sure it should be 'DLC' as such, but hey.
Lovin' the Tingle suit too, really cool that they added this in!
@ShadJV will do, thanks!
I'm underwhelmed by the first part - I wouldn't pay £9.99 for it. I hope the second part is more substantial.
I'd pay double the price for the Tingle costume alone... in real life
@G-Boy Wait, really?! That game never came out in NA, you're not just making that up, are you?!
I feel the same way as I have learned from other DLC..
The hard mode better be harder just monster with farther sight..... That game was so easy after getting used to it. All of these needs to be ajusted.
•Eating anytime makes it too easy, you can basically just goof around then eat away when your weak or out of stamina, unlimitedly.
Not just that but you can hoard sooo many meals, it's pretty much impossible to run out of hearts.
•Finding weapons is way too easy, they're everywhere
•You can change your cloths anytime to be pretty much invulnerable to anything anytime.
•Enemy patterns are too simple.
•Bows are overpowered! Hinox anyone?
•The puzzles were way too simple.
I also hope they add new enemies.... There are so very few types.. like, 15 enemy types. I miss redead and gibdos, darknuts and stalfos.. And pleeeease, add likelikes! Botw would be perfect for likelikes to return once again.
And add caverns! How come no one mentions this! There are no caverns in this game, no deep, dank, dark, spooky holes to spelunk.. Add traditional dungeons and ruins for crying out loud. Those high-tech, bright lit chozo shrines get redundant.
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