When it comes to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the modding scene has been nothing short of spectacular. Fans have been busy creating all sorts of takes on Hyrule over the past few years, including entire unofficial DLC packs and all sorts of other chaotic changes to the base game, and this latest effort is yet another impressive addition.
Known Breath of the Wild modder Waikuteru is back at it again, this time creating a Randomiser that mixes everything up and should keep even the most experienced players on their toes. Revealed today in a YouTube premiere, the new mod randomises the items you find, items you're given by NPCs, as well as enemy drops themselves. Even warping via the Sheikah Slate or going in and out of Shrines can be randomised too – who knows where you'll end up!
But that's only scratching the surface. Waikuteru tells us that the project has taken "hundreds of hours of work", providing us with a list of some of the randomiser's most impressive features. You can find the list below; note that the randomiser can steal items from your pouch without warning, give or take away your rupees, make Lynels and Guardians just appear anywhere, heal you up or cause you damage at any time, and more. It sounds bonkers.
"I built a new system which I named 'The Randomizer Cycle'. This cycle will appear randomly and picks one of many, many options that will change your game on the fly. The longer the Randomizer Cycle does not trigger/choose an option, the higher the chance gets which results in a 100% chance eventually.
Randomizer - Spawn: This will make enemies spawn everywhere across Hyrule - these enemies have randomized weapons too. The chosen option can be reverted.
Randomizer - Prohibition: Will set prohibitions such as saving, warping, using shrines, eating, drinking, killing time, etc. The chosen option can be reverted.
Randomizer - Time: The time will change on the fly which results in changing of weather, lighting and enemy behaviour (e.g. sleeping) and schedules of NPCs.
Randomizer - Environment: Will change the environment such as setting everything on fire (e.g. Volcano Eldin), making it cold (e.g. Hebra Mountains) or hot (Gerudo Desert). Setting a specific so-called "palette" can occur too such as the Lost Woods fog (incl. music), complete darkness, sandstorm, etc.
Randomizer - Take Equipment: One of the player's equipment will be taken out of his pouch which can result in dangerous situations and increases the excitement.
Randomizer - Money: A random amount of rupees will be either lost or credited to the player.
Randomizer - Damage and Heal: Can either damage or heal the player.
Randomizer - Get Item: The player will receive an item. This can include everything such as Small Swords, Large Swords, Spears, Shields, Bows, Armor parts, Fruits, Meat, Insects, Plants, etc.
Randomizer - Warp: Will warp the player to different spawn points. This can include warping the player to a different world too. E.g. from normal overworld to divine beast.
Waikuteru plans to launch the mod for free on Christmas Day, although as is the case with any fan-made mod like this, we should warn you that this isn't officially sanctioned by Nintendo. Still, seeing what fans can do will always impress us and this mod in particular sounds like it'd be a lot of fun.
I dunno why NintendoLife reports on such things considering to do any of this stuff, you need to break a few laws to get there.
Like pirating copies of BOTW to your PC.
Glorifying this sort of news is the same as glorifying theft.
Or you just mod your switch...
Emulation itself is legal... if you own the game (this is a nintendo site, my guess is you have it) i wouldn't doubt too much about it. It's a free mod, i don't know who are you stealing from, if you already bought the game.
Emulation does not inherently mean piracy.
Hooray, finally a randomizer! I play the Ocarina of Time randomizer loads, it’s seriously fun even though I’m not very good at it and the logic can be a nightmare to follow sometimes. I’m also about 80% of the way through the Link to the Past and Super Metroid joint randomizer, I’ve beaten Mother Brain but still have a few Link to the Past dungeons left before Ganon. It took me ages to get the Morph Ball because it was hidden inside the lumberjack’s tree in Hyrule 😂
Yeah Emulation isn't piracy but as far as i know, the only thing you can do with a modded Switch is download games that Nintendo doesn't have, i haven't heard of a modded Switch playing a suped up version of BOTW. I don't believe you can mod a Switch to play games at 60fps on 4k.
Im fairly certain that can only be done by pirating the game on PC. Considering the game isn't native to PC, that would be considered piracy.
@Gamer_Zeus Mate, don’t spout off about things you don’t know anything about. Yes, you cannot play this in 4K on a Switch. You can absolutely mod the games though on a modded Switch like this exact mod. ‘Pirating the game to PC’ is a misnomer, you’re playing the exact same files you have on a Switch cartridge on your PC through an emulator. It’s not suddenly piracy if it isn’t native to PC, otherwise literally every DOS or Scumm game would be piracy as they run via DOSbox and ScummVM respectively. Or using that same logic the NES, SNES and N64 apps on Switch would be piracy as the games aren’t native to Switch.
@Gamer_Zeus lol dude calm down. It's amazing that we get people to mod these games long after nintendo lets them go. If someone purchases the game and either wants to rip it onto their PC or mod their switch to do other things with it that's totally fine. Nintendo sold like 25 million copies, I don't think we have to worry about them.
@Gamer_Zeus Why is it that the main stream media reports on bank robberies Or maybe something more closely related methods of how people steal identities. It’s news.
I think Nintendo should add an Official Randomiser to their games at some point.
@Gamer_Zeus Calm down Doug Bowser.
Looking forward to seeing the eventual speedruns of this. I've watched Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time randomizer speedruns from GDQ and man things get so crazy!
Not gonna lie, having seen these kinds of randomisers makes me wish they would be more officially added. Not just to this game, but to a variety of games. As far as I know, Nintendo wise, only Cadence of Hyrule has it, and that probably wasn't Nintendo's decision (though they probably greenlit it at least I would imagine).
It is funny how every nintendolife, kotaku, and etc article about modding always contains a person who thinks emulation=piracy.
Oh, this might bring me back to the game. Can't wait!
@Atmosfear I don't think it's necessary to pin any specific site to that. The internet is full of literally everyone in the world, so odds are pretty good that a Karen or someone of their ilk will come by, lol.
Randomizers are fun, not sure why you're spelling it randomisers though.
Used to love doing all random on Pokemon Emerald, getting a dark pallette metal/dark Charizard was pretty damn cool.
Articles like this make me want to mod mine for a uhhmm variety of reasons.
@UglyCasanova British English means it’s correct to spell it randomiser. I just use Rando for short!
Sounds more like "The Chaos Cycle" than the randomizer cycle. Good grief, this sounds like a nightmare for traditional Zelda players. Also sounds helluva fun for those looking for a challenge. Have fun!
I really wish Nintendo would officially sanction mods like this for their games.
Imagine BOTW 2 with out of the box mod support. It would be a huge consumer friendly step for Nintendo.
@Gamer_Zeus So if you own a physical copy and extract it to PC, that's pirating? May not be in line with your EULA but I don't think that's pirating. Not too many people who have played it that didn't buy it long before emulating a Switch was even a thing, just my guess.
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@Gamer_Zeus Well it doesn’t have to be illegal.
Hacking your Switch or Wii U is not illegal, dumping your own game is not illegal, running it within an emulator is not illegal.
Running mod files on a console is not illegal.
Sure if you illegally download the game to do this then yes it’s illegal. And most people who mod their Nintendo games are most likely pirating as well.
@Gamer_Zeus Ignore people who are disagreeing with you. Saying "emulation isn't illegal" is like saying "P2P download isn't illegal". While it's true, the vast majority use it to get free stuff. I have, and so did every single pedantic emulation defender, and I don't respect their hypocrisy.
@Rhaoulos lol don't worry man, i know. I can see through the hypocrisy here so I'm not really concerned about what a few sheeple think.
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