The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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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Want to Play Legend of Zelda in Real Life? Here’s Your Chance.

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Escape rooms have been growing in popularity lately. These real life games place a number of players in a room and they have to work together to find a way to get out. Nintendo has obviously been paying attention to the trend because they’ll be doing a limited tour of “escape events” based on the Legend of Zelda.

Nintendo is stressing that is not a traditional escape room experience. They’re not going to lock anyone in a room. The announcement came on Twitter

The game is called Defenders of the Triforce. You can play forming a team of six players and picking up some tickets. If you’re unable to get that many people on your team, the facilitators will try to help you out. Each team will be seated at a table, and after getting a rundown of the story, you need to get and explore the room to find what you need. A solution walkthrough will be given at the end of the event to help any team who wasn’t able to escape. After the escape, players get to hang out in a Zelda-themed room with trailers and Zelda merchandise for sale.

Tickets can be purchased now for the events that have been confirmed on the official site. You can buy tickets now for San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego. Other cities on the docket that don’t have confirmed dates yet are Seattle, Houston, Chicago and New York.

 

Majora's Mask 3D

Zelda, Pokémon Titles Discounted During Nintendo E3 Sale

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Nintendo is offering a sale on many popular franchises in its digital EShop to celebrate E3. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being the main focus of this year’s E3, Nintendo has offered many past Zelda games up to 40% off. You can also find several spin-off Pokémon games and other big series like Super Smash Bros. on sale.

My Nintendo members will also receive an additional 10% off. Sign up is free, and requires you link your account with your Nintendo Network ID and access the EShop at least once.

Here are the major discounted titles and their US sale prices:

The Legend of Zelda

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U) $29.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii U)        $4.79
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Wii U)           $4.79
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS)        $23.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Ages (3DS)              $3.59
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (3DS)          $3.59

Pokémon

  • Pokémon Rumble U (Wii U)                                        $10.79
  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (Wii U)               $4.79
  • Pokémon Battle Trozei (3DS)                                       $4.79
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game (3DS)                           $3.59

 

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)          $25.99
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)                       $39.99
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)                            $19.99
  • Splatoon (Wii U)                                                          $44.99
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)                                $21.59
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)                                    $19.99
  • Story of Seasons (3DS)                                              $19.99
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)                      $21.59

And many more, including a few indie games. Click here for the full list of discounted games. The Nintendo E3 Sale ends June 21 at 9 am PDT.