A reveal for a handful of new amiibo for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shows the Wolf Link amiibo as playing a rather unique role in Nintendo’s forthcoming game.
It’s a big day for Zelda fans as Nintendo has released a ton of new information about its upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Adding to the excitement, the company has now confirmed that the game will have its own range of amiibo collectible figures.
Three new figures will be available for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, including Archer Link, Rider Link, and a Guardian. These three amiibos are shown in close detail in Nintendo’s recent trailer, released as part of their E3 presentations.
While so far we have no information as to what the new amiibo figures will do in-game, they are not the only amiibo that will work on the new Legend of Zelda title. In an unexpected twist, it turns out that players who have picked up the Wolf Link amiibo that was released alongside Twilight Princess HD will also be able to utilize the figure in the new game.
After players complete the exclusive Cave of Shadows dungeon, unlocked by using the Wolf Link in Twilight Princess HD, they can tap the Wolf Link amiibo on the Wii U GamePad to save their remaining hearts. Then, by placing the amiibo on the pad once more while playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind, Link can have his wolf self join him on his new adventure, complete with the same amount of hearts.
Not only will Wolf Link join players in combat, but he can also be sent to hunt for food and be interacted with in-game. It’s unclear how big of an impact this will be to the core gameplay but it certainly seems useful at first glance. It’s worth pointing out that in the gameplay trailer above, Link only has three hearts whereas Wolf Link potentially can have far more, making the beast a powerful companion in battle.
Nintendo has treated fans to a fair amount of Breath of the Wild‘s gameplay today, far more than we’ve seen from most other games at this year’s E3, and we’d say the game looks like it has been worth the wait. At its core, the title is a brand new take on the Legend of Zelda franchise, something that might not have been necessary to fans of the series, but it looks to have certainly paid off.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Wii U and Nintendo NX in 2017.