Nintendo Details Master Trials DLC for Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The first DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is called The Master Trials, and it’s launching this Summer. Nintendo has provided a detailed breakdown of what all is included in the DLC.

Trial of the Sword is the new name for what was previously called “Cave of Trials.” It’s a special location where Link starts without any armor and weapons, and must defeat enemies room-to-room like a Survival/Horde mode. The Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms. Upon completion the Master Sword will receive an upgrade – permanent powered-up mode!

Hard Mode should be self-explanatory. Breath of the Wild is already one of the most challenging Zelda games ever designed. But for those looking for additional challenge, here’s your Hard Mode. All enemies receive a rank upgrade (red bokoblins to blue) and regenerate health, forcing you to defeat them quickly. Sneaking up on enemies will also be more difficult. Finally, floating planks will appear around Hyrule. If you can reach them, you can battle additional enemies and collect treasure.

The Hero’s Path Mode will augment your map, showing every step you’ve taken in the world. The new green-colored route on your map will track up to 200 hours of play time. It even works retroactively. This should help in remembering where you’ve been, and where you still need to go to find all the shrines.

A new treasure chest in the world will contain the Travel Medallion. This unique item allows Link to create a new fast-travel point anywhere in the world. You can only register one travel point at a time.

A new Korok Mask helmet will act like the Shrine Sensor for Korok Seeds. When equipped the mask will shake, indicating a nearby Korok.

Finally, the DLC adds eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous Zelda games, such as Majora’s Mask.

The Master Trials DLC is not being sold separately. You’ll need to purchase the Season Pass for $19.99. The Season Pass will also include the second DLC, which is due out this Holiday. Details about what’s included in that DLC are still forthcoming. No specific date other than Summer has been announced for the Master Trials DLC.

 

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review: A New Frontier

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I was incredibly fortunate to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when it launched for the Nintendo 64 around Thanksgiving 1998. While most game developers were struggling to make the awkward transition into 3D graphics, Nintendo blew everyone away with a fully 3D Hyrule to explore and adventure in.

While Ocarina of Time could be considered the prototype for open-world adventures, the genre really didn’t take off until MMORPGs and RPGs like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series embraced giant 3D worlds. These days nearly every big game is an open world adventure, and it’s become more of a rote expectation.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild redefines what it means to be an open-world adventure, creating a vast frontier of possibility. Ocarina of Time remains one of my all time favorite games, and I’m here to tell you that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best 3D Zelda game ever made.
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Nintendo Switch Launches Today Alongside The Legend of Zelda

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Nintendo has been releasing home gaming consoles since the 80s, and it always marks a uniquely special occasion within the industry. Today sees the release of the Nintendo Switch, the first home console that’s also completely portable.

The Nintendo Switch is selling at a retail price of $399. It comes with an HDMI cable, detachable Joy-Con controllers, portable screen, a dock for TV play, and a grip to combine the Joy-Con into a single controller. It’s being sold in two color options that change the Joy-Con: all gray, or one blue and one red. It does not include any games.

“Nintendo Switch makes it easy for anyone to enjoy their games in the living room and then quickly take them on the go,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. ‘This versatile system allows people to play in unexpected places. It’s the kind of twist in gaming that Nintendo is known for.”

Nintendo always pushes the envelope on their hardware, whether for better or for worse. Ultimately every gaming system boils down to its games.

Launching alongside the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s biggest game in years, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This hotly anticipated entry in one of gaming’s most beloved and well-known series looks to redefine both open-world RPGs and its own storied franchise (read our hands-on preview). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also launching for Wii U today. An Expansion Pass is available for $19.99.

Here are the big titles launching with the Nintendo Switch today, March 3:

  • 1-2 Switch
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R

Coming later in the Spring and Summer are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Has-Been Heroes, and Splatoon 2. This Fall should see the release of the first Mario game on Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey.