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Some of the team members behind Zelda: Breath of the Wild revealed an incredibly interesting tidbit of information about the game during a talk at GDC today. Amazingly, a 2D prototype was made so that some of the ideas could be tested. We have a couple of photos in this post.

Nintendo’s GDC session for Breath of the Wild is still ongoing. We have a live blog of sorts here.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s GDC 2017 panel is now underway. Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi, art director Satoru Takizawa and technical director Takuhiro Dohta are participating in the talk.

Those who are in attendance – including Nintendo itself – are tweeting out tidbits and photos from the event. We’ll round it all up below over the next hour or so.

An image has popped up on GameFAQs showing the full map included in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s a clear picture, devoid of borders, markings, and annotations. Head past the break for the complete map.

Wii U and 3DS will once again be undergoing maintenance tonight. Both systems will be impacted for around 90 minutes. Online play, rankings, etc. may be affected.

The maintenance schedule is as follows:

– 5 PM PT – 6:30 PM PT
– 8 PM ET – 9:30 PM ET
– 1 AM in the UK – 2:30 AM in the UK
– 2 AM in Europe – 3:30 AM in Europe

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The latest Japanese hardware sales from Media Create are as follows:

PS4 – 37,008
New 3DS LL – 15,984
Vita – 10,704
PS4 Pro – 6,481
2DS – 4,303
New 3DS – 1,254
PS3 – 505
Xbox One – 469
Wii U – 464

For comparison’s sake, here are the hardware numbers from last week:

PS4 – 21,204
New 3DS LL – 16,426
Vita – 8,284
PS4 Pro – 5,999
2DS – 4,665
New 3DS – 1,203
PS3 – 500
Wii U – 491
Xbox One – 76

And here are the software charts:

This week’s Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NSW / Wii U) – 10 / 10 / 10 / 10
Dragon Quest Heroes I-II (NSW) 9/9/9/9
For Honor (PS4/XBO) – 8/9/9/9
Blaster Master Zero (NSW / 3DS) – 8/8/8/8
The Brookhaven Experiment (PS4) – 8/8/8/8
Ys Origin (PS4) – 7/7/8/8
Super Bomberman R (NSW) – 8/7/8/7
Pirate Pop Plus (Wii U / 3DS) – 6/6/6/6

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the 24th perfect score from Famitsu in the magazine’s history. Other titles to receive the same accolades are as follows:

With the final version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild surfacing, we have another comparison of the game’s two versions: Switch and Wii U. Take a look at the video below to see they stack up against each other.

GameXplain wrapped up a live stream for Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment a short while ago. Gameplay in the Plains of Passage and a challenge against one of the knights of the Order of No Quarter was shown. Watch the full recording below.

The latest Minecraft: Wii U Edition patch is nearly here. It should be out today in North America, and other regions no later that tomorrow.

Today’s update is highlighted by the addition of the new Fallout Battle Map Pack. Several fixes have been implemented as well.

For the full patch notes, continue on below.

This week’s issue of Famitsu will obviously have a ton of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild content – but it also has the special artwork you see above, which features the original Link from the first Legend of Zelda game handing over the Master Sword of Resurrection to the current Link from Breath of the Wild. This celebrates the 30-year history of the series as well as the connection between those two games specifically, which have a focus on an open world and a freedom to choose where to go and what to do at any time.

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