How many mods can a game have before reaching a critical mass? At least one Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player appears to be exploring those possibilities, judging from a recent video. While Breath of the Wild mods have been getting progressively more ambitious for weeks now, they’ve at least existed within a vacuum, separated from others’ creations so that the land of Hyrule still appears familiar, if not a little unusual.
That all changes with the latest Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mod video, which is more of a compilation of several different changes rather than one focused offering. In it, Link, now quite clearly a protagonist from the world of Minecraft, attempts to defeat a Hinox, who are recurring ogre-like enemies scattered throughout Hyrule in the latest iteration of the Legend of Zelda series. Only, this Hinox is a familiar face who just seems out of place – perhaps he’s just upset he has clearly forgotten where his swamp is.
That’s right – inexplicably, someone decided that what the land of Hyrule really needed was some more Shrek. Link, equipped with a Spongebob Squarepants backpack, manages to dispatch the ogre in what could be argued as a genuinely unsettling scene, with Shrek falling to his knees and coalescing into a black silhouette before evaporating into nothingness. Luckily, in what can only be described as an tone-appropriate sequence, the player is then picked up by Epona – now modified to be Thomas the Tank Engine, of Skyrim and Fallout 4 mod fame – and marches valiantly toward their next challenge.
At this point, it becomes debatable whether or not the game is really Breath of the Wild anymore – although, even if it really isn’t, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Players being able to express themselves creatively is always a plus for content creators, streamers, and other community members who like to contribute to a game’s longevity, and with a Breath of the Wild sequel far away, preserving the game’s incredible achievements, even with memes, is probably well worth it while fans wait for the next one.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
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