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Why Some Zelda Speedruns Use German And Others Use Japanese

It’s a bit curious to see Breath of the Wild played in German but that’s the fastest language. Speedruns use different languages and versions to cut down on time. Here’s how that works for The Legend of Zelda. Advertisement Making sure you get the best times is mostly a matter of skill but what language and version you are playing on can make a huge difference. When in doubt, Japanese is the fastest language. The character hold more information than other languages can. But for some games, you’d be surprised what the fastest language is. This list will give you a look at the various decisions that go into picking which version to speedrun in popular Zelda games. The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link We’ll start with the basics. There’s not as much text here to make a difference and grabbing a Famicom can be a hassle. Most runs are done on in English for both games. Advertisement In The Legend of Zelda, there are a few things that change depending on what version you are running. Item manipulation to get bombs and other goodies means that runners pause a bit before starting their runs…

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Dev says framerate issues in BoTW are software, not hardware issues

One of the interesting reveals of Breath of the Wild was that the Wii U framerate appears to be more stable than the Nintendo Switch framerate. This led some people to wonder if Nintendo’s newest console was yet again underpowered for the games it’s attempting to run, but an unaffiliated developer from Bplus Games believes he knows why the game has issues.Most of the frame-rate issues in Zelda are just programming failures. If Nintendo sets the right people to it they can totally fix them.Some dev friends and I have the same feeling about that. Because sometimes it is just a specific zoom ratio that makes the frame-rate drop. Just zoom in a bit closer or further away and it runs super smooth.The problem is that the game wants to show both near and far LOD (Level of Detail) objects. This is a frame-rate killer if two objects are in each other. To show that, it would need around 10 times the power.And if you see Kakariko Village, the framerate hell there, and then the more beautiful Hateno Village, which runs super smoothly, you see that doesn’t make sense. So something else is going wrong there.This is an interesting perspective…

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Is The Perfect Game For Non-Gamers

Breath of the Wild might be the hardest Zelda since the NES days, teaching players how to progress through its puzzles by killing them frequently and without remorse. Yet, paradoxically, it’s also one of the best games for people who don’t play a lot of video games. Advertisement Last week, having spent the past month raving about the new Zelda to my fiancée, I offered to let her try it. She doesn’t play or care about video games outside of the occasional bout of Mario Party 2 (the best one) or whatever time-waster is currently on her phone. But she does remember spending some quality time with Ocarina of Time back in the day, so given that Breath of the Wild is one of the greatest games ever made and achieves much of what Ocarina of Time set out to do, I figured it might be up her alley. I set her up with the Switch—in handheld mode, so I could play Persona 5, which my fiancée describes as “that high school game” and “sort of like one of those terrible CW dramas I can’t stop watching”—and gave her a quick run-through of the controls. I explained that she should equip…

Princess Zelda's Breath of the Wild Outfit Helps Tell Her Story

Illustration: Angelica Alzona Princess Zelda’s outfit from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is great—a cool departure from the norm for the Hylian princess. If you take a look at the details, it also makes it easier to understand her character arc in the game. Advertisement Zelda wears a variety of outfits in the game, but her official art, her amiibo and many of the cutscenes in which she is present show her in a blue adventuring outfit, consisting of a quilted blouse with gold detailing, fitted pants, and thick leather boots. She’s a really active character in this game, and the only one that has a real arc over the course of the story, which is only strengthened by the design of her outfit. The particular color blue Zelda’s wearing looks close to the bright variant of royal blue, or azure, a pigment which is made from the mineral azurite. Blue dyes are extracted from certain plant leaves, most of which were native to the tropics, rendering the color pretty rare. Blue is in fact also a difficult paint for humans to create—most early blue pigments were made from semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli and were very…

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How to carry more than 3 fairies in Zelda: Breath of the Wild [VIDEO]

Fairies are one of the more useful items in Breath of the Wild because not only can you can use them to make handy elixirs that will health a whole bunch of hearts, if you have some in your inventory and you die you’ll be revived and lose the fairy instead. The only problem is that you can only carry a handful of fairies at a time. This short guide teaches you how to get more fairies to get around the game’s limitations. If you have three or more fairies on your person, no more fairies will show up in your world for you to pick up. That means even if there’s a Blood Moon and you go to a Fairy Fountain, there won’t be any fairies there for you to pick up. How to get more than 3 fairies Go to a Great Fairy Fountain with your three fairies in your inventory. Hold the fairies in your arms like you’re going to cook with them. Wait. Pretty soon, fairies will start to spawn. Now, you can collect these fairies and have beyond the three limit that the game intends for you to have. Whether you cook with them READ…

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Would you eat real-life fried mighty bananas? [VIDEO]

Anyone who has played Breath of the Wild long enough to meet the Yiga Clan knows of their love for bananas. Anytime you encounter one of these interesting characters, they’ll vanish before you can defeat them and leave behind a pile of rupees and a bunch of bananas that increase your attack power when you use them in a recipe. They’re one of the most efficient foods to gather if you want a lot of attack power food on hand for those Lynel fights, so perhaps that’s why the Yiga favor them? Either way, this YouTuber decided to see why the Yiga Clan likes bananas so much by cooking up his own batch of fried might bananas. The results look pretty tasty and they’re definitely something I’d try. How about you? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $57.99 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Watch a Lynel get destroyed with no equipment [VIDEO]

Earlier today I posted a quick tutorial on how to prepare yourself for a Lynel fight, as well as a video with some combat tips to keep you on your toes. Meanwhile, this guy on YouTube unequips everything and fights a Lynel totally naked. It’s more entertaining to watch than you’d think and it doesn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. What’s the most impressive about this fight is the guy does it with just the three hearts you start the game with and none of the food I recommend you eat in my How to Fight a Lynel guide. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $57.99 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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You’re missing tons of guardian parts in Breath of the Wild by not doing this

Breath of the Wild has so much depth to it that people are constantly finding new ways to explore every nook and cranny of the game. Case in point, here’s a quick tip that you probably don’t know. The guardian corpses that litter Hyrule in the game can be looted for their ancient parts.“But I already knew that!” I hear you wailing exasperated at the screen. But I bet you didn’t loot them all fully. The guardian corpses can be manipulated using a large weapon and a magnet. You won’t be able to do it with something like a short sword, but any big metal hammer, spear, or axe will work just fine.How to fully loot a dead Guardian1. Switch to your Magnesis power and drop your chosen weapon on the ground.2. Use your magnet ability to move the weapon underneath the guardian to flip it.3. Loot the ancient parts you couldn’t get to before.4. Profit.This will net you several extra parts if you go explore the vast field where there are tons of guardians littered around. If you’ve already explored that area, well I’ve just given you a good reason to go back and explore it again. The little…

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How to fight Lynels in Breath of the Wild [VIDEO]

If you’ve spent any time adventuring in Breath of the Wild, you’ve probably encountered the centaur beasts known as Lynels. They come in a few different varieties and their weapons will vary according to what type of Lynel it is, but they all have one thing in common: they can kick your ass if you’re not careful. You’ll want to be prepared before you get snared into combat with one of these big beasts, so here are a few tips on how to do just that. 1. Always have some extra heart food. Lynels have a few basic attack patterns that can be learned pretty quickly, but you have to survive those hits you don’t dodge. The best way to do that is to always have some food that gives you temporary hearts so you’re not one-shot when you accidentally dodge into an incoming swing. Some foods that grand extra maximum hearts include Hearty Truffles, Big Hearty Truffles, Hearty Radishes, Big Hearty Radishes, and Hearty Bass. Pretty much anything with the prefix Hearty will increase your maximum health until something hits you to take those hearts away. The effect you get depends on how well you cook. 3 Hearty READ…

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The best way to get rid of those pesky mini-bosses in BoTW

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Probably something like this. We’ve been constantly amazed at the new and unique ways that players have told us they’ve been experiencing the world of Breath of the Wild, but this has to be by far one of the most impressive battles I’ve seen. What’s the most impressive thing you’ve done in Breath of the Wild so far? Let us know in the comments. [via reddit] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $57.99 stars Further Reading READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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How to fix the multiple Blood Moon bug in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

One of the unique aspects of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the Blood Moon mechanic that is a clever way to hide the respawn of enemy camps all across the world of Hyrule. In reality you’re supposed to get one Blood Moon about every seven days, but sometimes you can get multiple in a row, sometimes only a few seconds apart.If you find yourself having this problem while you’re playing Breath of the Wild, there’s an easy fix. Right now the bug seems to be caused when the console wakes up from sleep mode after not having been powered off. If you find yourself having an irregular Blood Moon cycle, try powering off your console and then turning it back on. Things should then be back to normal.How to turn off Nintendo Switch1. Hold down the power button for five seconds.2. Select the Power Options menu.3. Choose turn off.4. Press the button to turn on the Switch again.For those of you who are experiencing this annoying bug and it’s keeping you from making progress on things because you keep getting random Blood Moons, try do this to fix it. It’s annoying and it took a lot of research to…

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Underwater glitch discovered in Breath of the Wild [VIDEO]

Uhhhhh, so, I found a glitch.— Swiffy22 スウィフィー (@Swiffy22) March 19, 2017While Breath of the Wild makes for some amazing experiences, that doesn’t mean the game doesn’t have its share of bugs. Japanese player @Swiffy22 discovered this glitch when a Stone Talus knocked them into the water behind them, resulting in Link’s fall down animation happening underwater.Further exploration of the glitch has revealed that players can light campfires and use other fire-based items while underwater. This glitch will likely be fixed in a patch for the game, but it’s interesting to see nonetheless. Have you found any interesting glitches in the game while you’ve been exploring Hyrule?The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $57.99 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Why Breath of the Wild feels different from other open world games [VIDEO]

Open world game fans who have played Breath of the Wild all agree on one thing, Nintendo has created a world worthy of exploring in an era when most other “open world” games are anything but. This Game Maker’s Toolkit video explains how Nintendo embraced some elements of open world design while ignoring others to create a unique world that feels fresh to explore. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it is about Breath of the Wild that feels unique and fresh when compared to other open world games like those that Ubisoft produces, but this video hits the nail on the head. Nintendo’s focus on giving the player choice to explore the world is vastly superior than any other open world experience I’ve played. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $59.99 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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The Breath of the Wild hardback Deluxe guide delayed until April 11

Bad news for those of you who have pre-ordered the Piggyback Breath of the Wild Deluxe edition guide. The company behind the guide tweeted to let fans know that the guide won’t be out until April 11 due to the huge demand they’ve seen for the hardback— Piggyback (@PiggybackGuides) March 20, 2017Piggyback doubled their order for the first print, which is what caused the slight delay. While that’s good news for the company and Nintendo in general, it’s still sad that we have essentially another month to wait and get our hands on this gorgeous book.If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet they’re still available on Amazon for about $25 bucks. They look spectacular and it appears to match the Hyrule Compendium that was released a few years ago.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Deluxe Guide – $24.00 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!