While we wait (im)patiently for more news on the upcoming story DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (will it arrive on the same date as the Champions amiibo?) we have another free gift to collect in the Switch version. For those of you unaware, within the 'News' tab you can access Tips from the Wild posts with some advice for beginners; when you launch the game from within the post you get a free item.
This time around the post explains that equipping a flame weapon like the Fire Rod can help keep Link warm in cold locations; when you boot the game you get the standard weapon (with 5 power).
You can do this as many times as you want, though most players are likely past the point where it'll be useful. That said, it is an item needed for a side quest where you show off various weapons to a slightly annoying child, so it could be handy for that.
The free gifts are getting better and better
FIRE DO DO DO
Ah yes, that annoying nosey nit pick child who I reckon is a secret weapons dealer. Sorry, his 'grandad' is a secret weapons dealer.
STOP ignoring us Wii U owners Nintendo. Sure, the items aren't anything special yet, but I've a bad feeling they will eventually give out something that is important.
Well, it's hard to say goodbye.
But we have to moving on.
I will enjoy this Freebies on my Switch later.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE They probably won't give Switch players anything important, these are probably just to help the inexperienced and maybe bring people back into the game that haven't been interested for a while.
I guess it's like adding a weapon to Splatoon but it's a recolour with a new special instead of an entirely new weapon.....except this is with apples, eggs and fire rods....
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Don't tick Ntinedo off, you know I'm already worried they'll say - "Oh sorry, "Champions Ballad" wont' run on Wii U. They already took away Miiverse, don't antagonize them any further. After we get Champions Ballad you can say what you want, Wii U will have had it's final swan song. I don't even care if Zelda BotW gets a "Complete" edition only on Switch Christmas 2018 for people who are only buying a Switch then, Wii U will be long dead and buried by then. Not that Nintnedo ever does "Editions", but I'm wondering if they'll start w/ Zelda since there are only 5m Switch now but there could be 20m by next Christmas. Complete ed could sell well. And they should be nice and unlock Wolf Link and Epona in that edition as well.
But this News stuff, Switch can keep it, I enjoyed posting my pics to Miiverse more than anything they are giving away.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Do you think the novelty of saying the same thing every time we get one of these nice but ultimately pointless items will ever wear off for you?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE yeah bud, we're all just rolling in our free apples and wooden shields, laughing at the peasant Wii U players. Eye roll
Seriously though, don't you ever get tired of whining over meaningless crap?
That’d come in handy for players on the plateau.
Oddly enough I am doing the quest for that annoying child and this is exactly the item I need. Huh, didn't expect to get anything useful out of these!
@SLIGEACH_EIRE How exactly are they going to give Wii U owners items through the Switch's news channel?
I for one am irritated that they are ignoring N64 owners of StarFox 64 by not adding stereoscopic 3-D to the N64 cartridge like they did to the 3DS version. Oh wait, that's impossible? Like this scenario is, as well? We get it; you are bitter that you bought the game on a dead console that predictably lost support. That's nobody's fault but yours.
@thesilverbrick They could do it through Miiverse. Yes, it's closing soon but they could easily find a way if they wanted. Nintendo give us Miitomo points every week for logging in to Miiverse and the eShop.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Is there any precedent for distributing items through Miiverse? It would be all fine and good if it was easy and used programming that was already in place, but rewriting software, particularly the infrastructure of Miiverse would take time and money, both of which I'm sure Nintendo is not interested in wasting on Wii U, which did nothing but drain their bank account for nearly five years. Let's not forget the fact that Miiverse is going down in a little over a month, making it even more pointless, especially considering the tiny player base of this game on Wii U is nearly insignificant when compared to Switch.
@rjejr Sorry to be the grammar obsessive guy, but it's "its" and not "it's". In this part: "will have had it's final swan song".
It should be "will have had its final swan song".
That's all, thanks for reading.
@thesilverbrick The sales are not insignificant on Wii U, it's sold 1.2 million copies, versus 3.5 on Switch. Remember, the Wii U version got completely shunned, zero advertising, no Special Editions, etc. Nintendo are to blame for their own misfortunes and nobody's forcing them to close Miiverse.
I own it on Wii U and am still loving it. Recently bought a Switch and don't feel a free apple now and then is something I'm missing out on. Also, while it's off-topic but has been raised here, I don't feel the closure of Miiverse is Nintendo being unfair to fans. They're a company, and I'd rather they use all their resources on producing a high frequency of quality releases across multiple genres than continuing to pour money into a platform that increasingly few people use and which earns them precisely nothing. In reality, it's probably run at a loss at this point. This is the reality of consoles with a heavy reliance on online features, that one day many of their functions will be useless. Not looking forward to when Sony turn off the psn for my ps4, as that'll result in an unattractive doorstop, a bunch of shiny coasters and not much else!
@Olmectron Man, you better not read any of my long winded posts too closely, you'll give yourself a stroke. I don't worry about grammar, typos, spelling, any of that stuff in comments on a web blog. After 4 years of college and 8 years of grad school unless I'm writing a business letter or a resume cover letter I'm not sweating the small stuff on the web. All apostrophes are optional as far as I'm concerned. I'm think I'm going to print that on a tv shirt
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Of course Nintendo is the only one to blame for the Wii U failing. But business is business. Usually when you have a product that fails, you move on, and that's what they're doing. Nintendo supported the Wii U far longer and more significantly than Sega did the Dreamcast or Sony did the Vita. And every case where it was simple and significant, Nintendo did create parity between the Wii U and Switch versions of Breath of the Wild, including things like the release date and DLC. Difference is, the Switch user base will continue to grow, while the Wii U's will not. Nintendo no longer needs to attract people to a console that they are no longer supporting, and minor features for beginner players like this aren't going to make a difference. What we are looking at here is a small incentive program that shows the consumer market that Nintendo is actively supporting this game on a wildly popular console and anybody on the fence should go out and buy it. And anybody who is on the fence about this game clearly doesn't own a Wii U. Sure, the Wii U version may have sold over a million units, but compare the attach rate. Over half of Switch owners have bought this game, while less than a tenth of Wii U owners did. Wii U sales of the game are a tiny market that is pretty much tapped out. The Switch version will continue to sell perennially. Nintendo intends to capitalize on that, and it's only sensible. Besides, you're not missing out on anything of significance. Save your complaining when they offer something exclusive or worthwhile. I'm going to bet we will never see major items distributed through this service, anyway. Unless, of course, you just enjoy the thrill of complaining.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE easily? You don't know much about programming or software design, do you? Miiverse isn't set up to distribute content to games (the way posts appear in games is completely different and they could not do it through that). It would be fairly complex and take a bunch of development time to incorporate a feature that will only last a month or so due to Miiverse closing, on a dead system where they will not really be getting more players and many who bought BotW on it have already sold their Wii U's because they only kept it for that one last game. Have you seen anyone else complaining on these posts? No one really cares, and if they did distribute it to Wii U systems I doubt you'd open the game just to get some apples, heck you'd probably complain at how pointless these "gifts" are... because they are. And it's unlikely they'll distribute anything of value through it, they'd prefer to lock that stuff behind amiibos or DLC.
Flame rods will also slowly melt ice if their next to ice.
I could see this being very useful for people starting off on the Great Plateau.
When Nintendo said that switch won,t be replacing the Wii u, they were lying or joking?
I need this fire rod for that annoying kid, so it’s actually a handy gift!
@Masurao Stubborn for no reason whatsoever? LMAO!
Whoever still has Wii u, more power to you, but the switch is the
Future. Why don't you just embrace it?
I have a feeling that won't be the case. It will all be small trinkets that you can easily find on your own!
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