Nintendo releases more gameplay footage from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, ahead of the hotly anticipated NX console reveal scheduled for today.
When Nintendo confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would release for the NX, speculation began that the game would be a blockbuster launch title for the new system. Now — on the day that the console is set to be unveiled — the company has released new footage from the title, feeding into these expectations.
Nintendo has released three different clips from Breath of the Wild, each focusing in on a different component of the game. The first looks at the game’s dynamic weather system, the second dives into its enhanced combat mechanics, while the third gives us another look at its expanded exploration options.
The weather video is perhaps the least surprising of the three — it’s a stationary angle of a section of the overworld, showing off the way that weather effects come and go. The thunderstorm is very impressive, but we’ve seen plenty of this kind of footage already.
The combat clip is much more interesting. We see Link utilize stealth to pick off enemies from afar, before trying out some of the game’s environmental attacks to take down foes — at one point, he rolls a boulder down a hill to crush two baddies, while another part of the trailer sees him light his weapon on fire to deal more damage.
The footage really highlights how much utility the humble bow and arrow has in Breath of the Wild. Arrows are used to trigger explosions throughout the clip, and at one point Link slows down time while he’s leaping through the air to fire off a couple of shots.
Finally, the exploration-centric trailer really shows off how beautiful Breath of the Wild is shaping up to be. The sense of verticality packed into the overworld lends the environment some truly stunning vistas, and an impressive draw distance ensures that the technical component of the game doesn’t undercut its stellar art direction.
There are some hints at new gameplay mechanics, too. Link effortlessly switches between using his paraglider to sail through the skies, and using his shield as a makeshift snowboard — both of these traversal methods look like great fun in their own right, and using them in combination is sure to be very satisfying.
It remains to be seen whether any of this new footage will be part of the NX presentation that Nintendo has scheduled for today — we may well know when Breath of the Wild is set to launch before the day is out.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release in March 2017 for Wii U and NX.