The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has quickly become an instant classic. The game was delayed multiple times and had many fans quite worried, but ended up launching to record-breaking perfect review scores and is one of the best Nintendo titles in years. To document the historic release, Nintendo has released a three-part ‘Making Of’ documentary series about the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild production history.

The three-part documentary is broken down into The Beginning, Story and Characters, and Open-Air Concept. Each segment has about a ten minute running time and offers a unique look behind-the-scenes of the creation of the early game of the year contender. The videos start out by talking about the long production history and confirms that production started in earnest in January 2013. After a series of delays, the team ultimately settled on March 3, 2017 as the final release date.

Watch all three parts of the documentary right here. There are some mild story spoilers throughout the videos, so some fans may want to finish the game before watching these…

Some of the most interesting parts of the videos are when the team discusses ideas from previous Zelda games sneaking into this one. It’s very clear that a massive open-world has been a goal for a long time and that the Wii U/Switch era is the first that was able to offer the hardware power to deliver on that goal. Longtime Zelda fans can look back at each iteration of the franchise and piece together how the series was moving closer and closer to a true open-world experience.

What do you think of the ‘Making Of’ videos? What giant project do you hope Nintendo is working on next?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now on Switch and Wii U.

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