A new screenshot from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild confirms that a beloved character from The Wind Waker is set to make an appearance in the game.
Over the course of its thirty-year history, The Legend of Zelda has produced an array of memorable characters. Now, there’s confirmation that this year’s hotly anticipated Breath of the Wild will bring back a character from one of the franchise’s most critically acclaimed instalments.
The Wind Waker was originally released in 2003, and was later re-released for the Wii U in 2013. The game featured a character called Beedle, who would sell items from his ship, tracking the player’s purchases on their Member’s Card and offering a nice discount to anyone that provided enough patronage.
Beedle provided a useful service in The Wind Waker, and his memorable bursts of dialogue made him a fan favorite character. The sailing salesman would recur in The Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks — three games that were explicitly set in the direct aftermath of The Wind Waker — although his chosen mode of transport would change over time.
Now, new screenshots from Breath of the Wild have confirmed that Beedle will make an appearance in the upcoming game, according to a report from Eurogamer. Eagle-eyed fans had already spotted him in previously released footage, but the new image removes any doubt that the character is Beedle.
It seems that Beedle will once again be offering items to players as they adventure their way through Breath of the Wild. However, this time he’s on foot, outfitted with an enormous backpack containing all of his wares.
Fans are already engaging in speculation that Beedle’s presence proves that Breath of the Wild takes place after The Wind Waker, chronologically. However, that might not be the case, given what we already know about the series’ deceptively complex timeline.
Beedle last appeared in Skyward Sword, which has previously been stated to take place early in the series. This information would seem to suggest there have been many incarnations of Beedle, just as there have been many incarnations of Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf.
The presence of Beedle might not serve to directly link Breath of the Wild with The Wind Waker. However, it’s another nugget of Zelda history in a game that seems packed with similar content — and that’s sure to please fans.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled to launch for the Wii U and the Switch on March 3.