For quite a few weeks Nintendo has been sharing free gifts for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch through 'Tips for the Wild' news posts. They give advice for newer players, in particular, and if you launch the game from the post you get items; to date they've consisted of various foods and a boomerang.
The latest post teaches a helpful lesson that some gamers - well, those not looking for answers online - may have missed: how to snowboard on a shield. In fact it's not just for snowboarding, but for getting down slopes in general; the news post states how you start this by holding ZL, jumping with X and then hitting A before you land; hitting Y on the move does a spin that can hurt enemies, too.
The actual gift is a standard (and therefore rather weak) Emblazoned Shield; most reading this page will already have their shield inventory slots filled with far better options, we suspect.
Still, it reminded us that hitting the slopes is a fun part of the game, so that's nice.
Yippie, another shield i don't need
I love going to the little Cabin in the snowy mountain to sleep and relax, more then any other part of Hyrule.
What I could only wish for in a DLC / Christmas update, was some christmas items that we could drop wherever we please (say christmas tree, presents etc. perhaps even (now I got to far) a raindeer in the wild, that we can tame and ride.
Come on Nintendo!
I'm wondering where those people are that were complaining that they don't get these goodies on WiiU.
They should add the Mirror Shield as a gift (Woulda rather had this as Link's OoT Amiibo exclusive than the Biggorns Sword anyway honestly), the Megaton Hammer, An elemental bow maybe?... Idk ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE USEFUL, interesting or actually cool, otherwise these things seem silly and pointless to me.
I didn't find out how to use the shield like that until well into my 100+ hour!
Another cheap gift from Nintendo. After the 🥚, now a useless 🛡...
Next, free 🍎.
Also, if you jump and then leave it half a second before doing the shield flip, it's a handy way of jumping slightly further than some of the shrine puzzles are designed for.
Breath of the 64 Slider !
When farming lizalfos in the desert, shield surfing is the only way to get around, even without a sand seal. Doesn't degrade the shield either AFAIK.
You can also leave the shield strapped to your feet when paragliding - great for shredding mountain descents in snowy regions.
I just use the Hylian Shield 😬
@jswhitfield8 gotta demand that sweet, sweet loot.
@Unklemac what a great idea 😂
@Cartune I'm actually okay with the gifts being useless. That way WiiU players who feel disadvantaged by this can calm down. There were actually a lot of people unhappy that this would be Switch exclusive.
Wow, these tipps are really useless.
@Unklemac No, please no. We don't need that Christmas nonsense in BotW. There is no christianity and no Coca Cola in Hyrule, so please keep it out of the game.
First we got free apples, then we got free eggs, then a low-tier boomerang, some honey, and now a low-tier shield. The hints and infos that come with the freebies can be more helpful than the freebies themselves.
At least you can get those free items as many times you want. It's a waste of time for the veterans that now every trick in the book, but it can indeed benefit players that are new to Zelda, children, and not so skillful players.
@Captain_Gonru I think it depends on the surface. Snow and sand have little to no degradation, grass does (less when wet).
For us who've already played through the game, yeah they are. That said, these tips weren't made for us; it's for new players who just picked up the game. Arguably these tips should have showed up at the Switch launch, but it is what it is.
@MoonKnight7 I agree, they would've made more sense on March 3rd. Although I was also referring to the fact that all of these tipps can already be found in the game.
That said, I wonder how many new BotW there actually are. Since every Switch owner has BotW, it can be only a few users.
And then, how many of those users know about the news function?
Then again, how many of those that are aware of it know that there are BotW tipps hidden in the news? Can be only a handful of users.
I really wonder what the point is in these "gifts".
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