We’ve known since E3 that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was shaping up to be a very special game. From the moment Nintendo showed off the official logo for the Japanese version that uses the same font as Zelda on the Famicom Disk System the nostalgia kicked in for many gamers. Nintendo of Japan has updated its official Topic Blog to show off some more comparisons between the original NES Zelda and the upcoming Wii U and Nintendo Switch game.
In addition to the familiar logo, one of the first characters that players will stumble upon is the old man by a campfire. A similar fellow was present at the very beginning of the original Zelda game, proclaiming that it’s dangerous to go alone as he gives Link his trusty sword. In Breath of the Wild he offers up some sage advice and allows Link to borrow one of his nearby tools.
One of the more memorable screens in the original Zelda featured two big rock formations, known as Spectacle Rock. It makes a return in Breath of the Wild, complete with an archway connecting the two pieces (like a pair of glasses).
One of the essential items that Link had to use in the original adventure was the raft. It makes a return here, but instead of just moving on its own, Link will need to swing a big leaf to create enough wind to fill the sails and move the raft.
Lastly, brave players who conquered the various underworld dungeons will no doubt remember the Skull room and map. These make a return as enemy hideouts and it’s possible to wipe out the inhabitants with one well-placed shot of an arrow. Kaboom!
There are sure to be many more similarities between the two games. Nintendo isn’t ready to show any areas outside of the Great Plateau (which is under 2% of the entire world). I look forward to discovering the links between the two games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled to release for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2017.
For more information, including screens and videos, be sure to stop by our preview. To get a detailed look at some of the many items Link will be able to find, check out our Breath of the Wild Item Guide.
[Source: Nintendo of Japan]