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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda series has experimented with many different visual styles over the years. Nintendo aimed for realism with Twilight Princess, but before that, Wind Waker offered a completely opposite feel with its cel-shaded look.

As part of an interview published in the newly-translated Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion book, art director Satoru Takizawa commented on the series’ ever-changing visual style. Takizawa had this to say on the topic:

Accompanying the release of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion in the west this week was a special “Hero’s Edition.” Get a closer look at the book in the video below.

Where Breath of the Wild sits specifically in the Zelda timeline is something that has been a big question since the game’s release last March. However, series producer Eiji Aonuma has indicated that Nintendo will never place it in the chronological timeline.

In the newly-translated Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion book, Aonuma explained that “people were enjoying imagining the story that emerged from the fragmental imagery we were providing.” If Nintendo were to say where Breath of the Wild sits in the timeline, “then there would be a definitive story, and it would eliminate the room for imagination, which wouldn’t be as fun.”

Ubisoft is releasing its latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, on various platforms this week. It’s even coming to Switch, though only as a cloud streaming title in Japan.

Kotaku picked up on one area of the world that actually holds a Zelda: Breath of the Wild Easter egg. The site was even able to confirm with Ubisoft that a reference to Nintendo’s big game was included.

Here’s a look:

Earlier in the year, we heard that Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the highest-selling Zelda game in Japan in 19 years. It was a bit behind Ocarina of Time, but has now surpassed the N64 classic.

Combined sales of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch and Wii U are now at 1,258,611 copies. It just surpassed Ocarina of Time, which had sold 1,257,205 units on the N64.

Super Mario Odyssey isn’t the only game Nintendo will be offering a Starter Pack month. On the same day, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 will be receiving the same treatment.

The Zelda: Breath of the Wild version comes with the game and “Explorer’s Guide”. It’s mostly the same with Splatoon 2, as the package includes the game and “Splategy Guide”.

Both releases will cost $59.99. They’ll go on sale starting September 28.

Source: Nintendo PR

Nintendo has issued a new version of the Zelda timeline on the series’ official portal. The big addition is that Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been placed at the very end. However, it is not connected to any of the three timelines.

Here’s a look at its placement on the timeline:

Update 3 (8/4): The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion Hero’s Edition is up on Amazon Germany and Amazon France.


Update 2 (7/29): Pre-orders for the Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion Hero’s Edition have opened on Amazon UK.


Update: Also announced today is the GameStop-exclusive Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Create a Calamity Artbook Champions Edition – Summer Convention Exclusive 2018. It has the following:

– Collector’s Box with Die-Cut
– Tapestry Cover Sheet
– Book with Cover-Back Cover Artwork Exclusive to this Edition
– The Champions Premium Art Print
– Six Mini-Prints
– Four Enamel Pins (or Orbs) of the Divine Beast Symbols


Original (7/16): Amazon has revealed a special version of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion book. Launching with the regular version on November 20, the slipcase edition “features the royal blue worn by the Hylian Champion and includes the Creating a Champion art book with an exclusive cover, a map of Hyrule printed on cloth, an art print of the Champions’ photo Link hangs in his Hateno home, and a beautiful glass replica of a spirit orb.”

Here’s a more in-depth overview:

The Teen Choice Awards have been going strong for nearly two decades. Fans are able to make their voices heard across a number of different entertainment categories, including TV shows, movies, and video games.

For this year’s show, a few Nintendo-related titles have been nominated under the “Choice Videogame” category. Two hit games in Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are included.

Just when we thought that we’ve seen it all when it comes to Zelda: Breath of the Wild mods, the community continues to surprise. The latest effort allows for a battle between Mario and Bowser.

Mario, of course, has been swapped out with Link’s model. Fans have gone a step further by having Bowser’s design take the place for Hinox.