Nintendo has been dishing out modest free gifts in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch for a number of months. Under the 'Tips from the Wild' guise, they help newcomers with little nods and details that they may otherwise have missed.
This week's gift is all about the 'Mounted Archery Camp', which has a minigame that awards winners with the Knight's Bridle and Knight's Saddle.
The actual gift is five normal arrows, which is actually quite handy (especially if you do a lot of sniping against strong Master Mode foes). As always you just need to load the game from within the news post to get the gift.
We're intrigued to see whether this gift system will ever be used to distribute any unique items, but due to Nintendo being keen to avoid aggravating Wii U owners too much it seems unlikely. Time will tell!
5 arrows you say? Oh boy!!
But what about us Wii U owners?
@WiltonRoots WiiU owners can buy the arrows at Beedle's
This is so great.
Just recently went back on botw on wiiu after downloading the dlc when I click continue my adventure the game freezes. Anyone else had this issue?
I have 653 normal arrows
Y'know there are other games with actual news...
@WiltonRoots "but due to Nintendo being keen to avoid aggravating Wii U owners too much it seems unlikely." How many are we talking? Are they located in an isle? Is their village smaller than Kakariko? So many questions!
I have a WiiU and a Switch
Huh, I don't think I've found that archery minigame on my file, and I've invested 150 hours into Breath of the Wild. I'm basically sick of it at this point though. Hopefully the second DLC pack will offer something completely fresh to lure me back in.
Been avoiding this as I find being on horseback really frustrating both in the clunky controls (as always in a LOZ game) and constantly dismounting to collect something and remounting. Early on, I decided to walk everywhere like a Hyrule hobo. Sorry Epona.
5 arrows? Thats exactly what i needed!
Being on a horse you can't find random shrines, so never used them. Always on foot me
I've been playing this for weeks (50+ hours) and only just realised there is a "run" button yesterday! lol
@datamonkey lol. I just don't believe you
@1UP_MARIO I know it sounds ridiculous even to me!
Over a million actually. Over 1 million sold on Wii U, but well over 3 million (as of July) sold for Switch.
I cleared the mounted archery mini-game, and I have to tell you, it was one of the major accomplishments of my life!
Thank god for Bomb Arrows!
I loaded my original file last night to pick up that XBC2 armor set. I’ve probably got 150 hours on that file alone (plus a separate Master Mode, and a whole different Switch profile for replays), and I just kept asking myself why I even bothered playing other games.
That horseback archery challenge is probably the hardest thing in the game, for me at least. I couldn't do it. But the OCD side of me is okay with not having those items, as it would require a second page for that misc stuff.
@gortsi Oh, we are a lot! And we are the actual followers of Nintendo since we didn't skip a system. By the way, be sure that the gamepad is way better than the controllers of the switch which are only for kids. I tried the game on target (the demo) and it was so frustrating with this little controller... On the other hand not only it is way better on the gamepad but I am sure that since the gamers who own a Wii U are more dedicated, are better players than the ones on the switch.
@bimmy-lee Thank you! The controls are SO bad. I love the game and I have both normal and master play on 100% (with all the upgrades even from all the amiibos). But DUDE! The controls suck. Even during my second play the minigames that have to do with horses (and unfortunately you have to play them because they give you special items) suck hard. Not a horse user here as well... It's way more convenient to warp from shrine to shrine, horses (of course) don't climb and when they are far away they don't hear the whistle when they are far. In stead of going to the stable to pick up one to go to my destination, is 99% sure than working there on the first place is faster. Mehh
@nukatha Nintendo itself killed Wii U with Zelda (proud Wii U player here from day one, love Zelda, 460 hours already and not a switch owner yet). I am pretty sure that if Nintendo (even now) was releasing a Zelda Wii U edition with all the DLC for 250$, it would sell like hot cakes. But not only they are not doing it but also they stoped (on purpose) the production of Wii U permanently. The idea is simple. They wouldn't release any other games for it and the profit from a console is little. So, if you want to play Zelda, by totally killing Wi U the gamers have only the choice of buying a switch with the copy of the game (360$+tax). This eventually will "force" players to buy games in the future (there is the big money-profit). And I actually wander why they are not releasing a Zelda bundle of the switch? With the case as in the master edition with some extras. People would buy it like crazy. Nintendo unfortunately is STILL a small company. Even though now with the switch are dominating even Sony (!) they are relating on themselves and not on third party companies for games. Result? They are skipping AAA games because they don't have enough people to work on them! (FEW Examples: No Mother 3 on N64, No Metroid on N64, Wii U, No F-Zero on N64, Wii, Wii U etc etc. ALL of them AAA)
@Hannibalmath - It’s like driving a real fast tank, and in a split second, you’re cornered somewhere and can’t get out. It’s frustrated me since Epona first showed up in OOT, I just had more patience for it back then. I found that timed, horseback obstacle course pretty early in the game, and that’s when I realized I would not be 100%ing BOTW. I played the first few GTA games, and horseback riding in LOZ games reminds me of the boat controls in those games. No control, 10 mile turn radius, pure frustration. All that said, I still love Epona, but it’s mostly nostalgia.
Also, I’m not sure if gortsi has a WiiU, but his post was a joke riffing on another commenter here.
@bimmy-lee LOL. You are totally right about the GTA and the boat (or the even worst helicopter--ruined many hours of my life to get over this stupid side quest). The weird part is that even though it looks like Nintendo invested a lot of time in horse ridding (you can see this by the paths that the horse follow, in general is a very nice try and a good addition--not a breakthrough in any way though), the ridding is even worse than that of OOT! The obstacle course in Lonlon ranch was playable and the targets mini-game (Gerudo valley) was pretty decent (we are talking about programming more than 20 years ago since the game was released in 1998). I remember in my main file, I had actually a perfect score (all bull's eyes)! In Botw though (which I adore in any way-- I have gathered 120 things that are missing from the game that I might post someday in a blog) these mini-games are horrific experiences! Just a hint (that's how I did it): Use Zelda's horse in the obstacles (Epona is very very fast for it which is not good) and use the Giant horse for the arrow part (in the last 5 targets just dismount and even if you have 1'', since you are in slow motion you can hit the targets--a bob arrow will do the job--I always end up in the grass but the targets count so you still win the game). You can do it! The knights parts for the horse are soooo good (the ones from the obstacles guy are not beautiful in my opinion).
@Hannibalmath - Hey, good advice, thanks. I’ll give it a try. Sometimes I ride a horse just to ride. Find a big, open area and just race around. It feels great to do the jumping dismount, pull the bow and take a shot at something in slow motion. I just never use a horse when I’m actually trying to do something or get somewhere. I figure there’s more to see and collect along the way on foot. This could be why I’ve been playing since launch and still only done three of the four divine beasts. Just constantly distracted by a bug, or a mushroom, or something in the distance. I’m all queued up to tackle the last divine beast, I just haven’t had time to play for a couple days now. And yeah, helicopters and boats in GTA are just pure rage. I haven’t played since Vice City though.
@Hannibalmath Yeah I have the game on Wii U too, alongside another 70 physical and 40 digital games, so your comment on skipping a system doesn't apply. As for "we are a lot", yeah we were a lot, and about to be superseded in less than a year, which clearly shows how much of a failure that system was.
I don't really mind the gamepad but your opinion about it is clearly in the minority. It's battery life sucks and not many games took actual advantage of it, especially from third parties. I don't find the Joy-con small either, but the dedicated players on either system are probably using the respective pro-controllers, not the gamepad or the joy-con.
@gortsi Please excuse my previous email. I didn't get the sarcasm in it. My bad. Please check my answer to Bimmy-Lee above about the Wii U. The system to me (and you after having all these games) wasn't a failure at all but Nintendo killed it for switch. We are living a world that will only buy something if it is "trendy". Nintendo, even though it is the best (in my opinion) from the rest of the competition (MS, Sony) about creating art and not just games, couldn't escape the "need to make money and more money" philosophy and that's why it killed Wii U as soon as the switch was a success. Also I think that my comment is in the core-root of the problem since for example even gamecube (another big failure of Nintendo in numbers--I loved Gamecube and I still have more than 40 AA-AAA games) had a better treatment than Wii U. I remember 100$ bundles with Mario Kart double dash when the Wii was 250-300$. We didn't have something like this now because big titles of Wii U became huge titles on switch with the promotion that switch received... But I don't take Wii U as a failure. Check the prices of scalpers now on Wii U. 400+$ for a new one and 300+$ for refurbished (you can buy a switch with this money)!!! When Wii was discontinued you could find it easily with 100$... Meaning that people still would buy Wii U (even only for Zelda and Mario Kart) but Nintendo had to make room in the factories to answer the huge demand of the new switch "trend". I still hate switch' controllers but eventually I'll but one (maybe a Zelda GOTY bundle) to play Mario, Metroid and all the AAA games. I hope that since they sell like crazy they will honor the buyers with tons of games... We'll see. Cheers.
@Hannibalmath Yeah the sarcasm was a tongue-in-cheek comment towards a certain user. I think most of us in this website loved the Wii U and eventually nobody was happy about the way it ended. However, it would never be popular with the general public and I understand Nintendo's decision to move on. Since I see you live in the States, you (or anyone interested) don't have to buy from scalpers. Nintendo themselves are selling refurbished systems that are as good as new for 175$, it's the 32GB system and it includes Nintendo land: https://store.nintendo.com/ng3/us/po/browse/productDetailColorSizePicker.jsp?categoryNav=true&navAction=jump&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&productId=prod150200&categoryId=cat570935
@Hannibalmath I loved my Wii U but don’t think there was anything wrong with Nintendo killing it early. Yes they want to make money, but they’re a company, and if they don’t keep making enough money they’ll be unable to continue providing us with no games. Financially, they needed a clean slate as soon as possible. I still have my Wii U for all its great games (since Switch isn’t backwards compatible) but I am happy with my Switch as well.
@gortsi Thank you for the link! I will let my friends know about it. Yeah, the refurbished products from Nintendo are like-new I bought once a controller and you couldn't tell if it was new or not.
@ShadJV Oh, definitely. I couldn't agree more with you. Nintendo did the right move with switch as it seams. And I am happy about it. I love Nintendo products more than the rest (I have the other 2 big consoles). The reason why I don't have a switch yet it is not the money. I have plenty of games which I haven't touched yet because of Botw, so it will take a while for me to buy one
@Hannibalmath oh okay, I misunderstood. I definitely want Nintendo to succeed financially, as we all know what happened to Sega. And it’s starting to look like Nintendo may have third party support back before this gen is over, which is great!
@Hannibalmath I owned a Wii U as well and put 300 hours into BOTW on it before buying a Switch and purchasing BOTW again. If that's not dedication I don't know what is As for the Gamepad being the optimal way to play I don't agree with that. If the Gamepad made use of its 2nd screen with map/inventory then I could agree but it didn't and instead ended up being an over sized controller,because of that I played the majority of my adventure on my Wii U Pro controller.The Switch version however offers so much more with the options of portable play or with split Joy-con for comfort play or with the Switch Pro,plus crisper, smoother and more colourful graphics.
The Wii U was what it was, a flawed concept that played host to some incredible games. Nintendo had no choice but to put it behind them and move on.
5 arrows never hurt nobody. Ok actually they probably did
@OorWullie Maybe you misunderstood me my friend. I didn't say that whoever has a switch is not a dedicated player. Come on! I will buy a switch myself after the holidays (I am waiting for a good bundle and to finish first some games in my other consoles--I also wait for the Zelda DLC 2 ). I am happy that you have both consoles, good for you! As for the controllers, I shared my opinion that I didn't find the switch controls good, BUT without trying out the switch pro controller (you can actually use with a 20$ USB to play with your Wii U pro controller on switch which is sweet). I wish we had the full functionality on the gamepad for Zelda, but Nintendo wanted all the players to have the same experience and removed it. Of course "same experience" is a false statement by default since: 1) Switch has better graphics, 2) Wii U players have no portability after 10 feet (lol), 3) Tips of the wild channel (I really don't understand why they didn't put on the Wii U as a channel...). Long story short, they should have kept the unique functionalities of the gamepad on the Wii U version.
Last but not least, OF COURSE Nintendo did well and moved on! Do you expect from me, a gamer since NES 1989 (Mario Bros, Zelda my first 2 games), to not want to see Nintendo thriving with a new console since Wii U did very bad? I just commented on the fact I didn't want Nintendo to kill Wii U. We could have more games parallel to the switch' ones...
5? That is all? Really?
Not much of a gift, but it's free so I don't mind one way or another.
@Hannibalmath I have to disagree with you on a few points.
I always found the horse controls in botw to very good tbh. Never had a problem with them and I even like to fight from horse since attacks can do way more damage that way. Its just important that your horse loves you and that you are not too fast for them situation. You can only really go fast on an open field.
Just to state a different opinion.
About the Wii U: I loved the Wii U as well but we just have realise that further support would make no sense. Even if they had released a Wii U Zelda bundle it would have changed nothing at this point. Even if they sold another 10 million Wii U just because of that, the install base would still be way too small to justify further support.
Its actually easy to explain why the tips of the wild aren't on Wii U. It would have required way too much work to implementiert a feature like that, which is extremely unimportant, on a dead console. They probably would have to make adjustments to the OS, to make a feature like that even possible. And that for a single game? The Switch might get more games with similar features in the future.
The Wii U was actually my favorite console ever, but we can't turn a blind eye on how much of a failure it was commercially. It was way beyond saving when Zelda released and from a pure business standpoint, it didn't even make sense to release the game on Wii U at all, so we can't really expect much more.
5 arrows?! Stop the presses!!
That mini-game though: I still have to complete it, its hard.
A 3 arrow bow would have been more handy (one that shoots 3 arrows at once, and only costs 1 arrow a shot).
So. I’ve beaten both the mini games, but was only given bridles, no extravagant or knight saddle... do I have to beat them again?
Edit: This confused me a long time ago. So I simply moved on and did the other quests and stuff in the game. Now all I have left is 302 koroks, farming star fragments for amiibo gear, and these saddles. Today, thanks to finally buying a Power Tag, I got my Skyward Sword tunic. Lol. My last bit of armor. My champion helmets and even the Fierce Deity set is maxed out. If only I could spend rupees on star fragments...
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