ShockCast: Episode 33 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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…

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…


The Sweet Taste Of Zelda Revenge

Well, would you look who it is. Remember me, motherfucker? I’m that kid you callously wasted back when I had three hearts, a pair of pants, and a stick for a weapon. Advertisement Hey, check this out. Was that fun for you? It was fun for me. Now to grab these spare parts out of the crater you left behind and trade them for more ancient arrows, which I can use to destroy the rest of your kind. Aaaaah. Closure. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Worst Mission In The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

After dozens of wonderful hours playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I finally came across a bad mission. It’s bad enough to serve as a point of reference for just how good the rest of the game is. It sticks out like a sore thumb on an otherwise beautifully manicured hand. Advertisement I’m talking about a mission called “The Lost Pilgrimage,” which takes place in the Lost Woods outside of the Great Hyrule Forest. I will say up front that I have not played every mission in Breath of the Wild, so it is possible there’s something worse buried somewhere in the game. But this mission is bad enough that I’m just gonna call it the worst. “That mission is a dumpster fire,” said Kotaku’s new features editor Chris Kohler upon hearing that I was writing this article. “That mission is the Final Fantasy XV Chapter 13 of Breath of the Wild,” he elaborated, “except Chapter 13 doesn’t last as long.” Hyrule Forest is a sun-dappled enclave surrounded by a chilly, foggy maze that swallows any who lose their way. Once you’ve successfully READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Hero of Time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time gets a live orchestral cd and vinyl

Materia Collective offers an epic re-imagining of the iconic score by Nintendo’s Koji Kondo recorded with a live 64-piece orchestra, now available for pre-order. Press release: SEATTLE – March 20, 2017 – Materia Collective is pleased to present Hero of Time, an epic re-imagining of the soundtrack to Nintendo’s timeless adventure RPG, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Hero… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


PSA: Don't Start A New Game Of Zelda Without Switching Accounts

Did you know that trying to start a new game of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will erase all of your current save files? Please do not let this happen to you. Start a new Switch account before you start a brand new game. Advertisement This weekend, I decided to get my fiancée into Breath of the Wild. She doesn’t play a lot of video games, and given that the newest Zelda is one of the greatest games ever made, it felt like a good one to get her into. So I exited to the main menu and selected “New Game.” Then I got a prompt: “Overwrite previous save data?” I thought about it for a second. Surely it must be talking about auto-saves? There’s no way Zelda would wipe your entire database of save files just so you can start a new game, is there? I was about to press “yes” when I thought I’d check Google just to be safe, and sure enough, the internet answered me: Starting a new game of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will delete all of your saves. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


American Says In 2007 It's His Dream To Work At Nintendo, Winds Up In Credits For Breath Of The Wild

Everyone has a dream. Corey Bunnell’s was to one day work for Nintendo. He said as much in a forum post from almost ten years ago. This month, the company shipped The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with his name in the credits under “Wildlife Programming.” Advertisement Among the hundreds of Japanese names scrolling past at the end of the game, the words “Corey Bunnell” are hard to miss. Doing a Google search of the name, Reddit user Tizzlefix then found that Bunnell had once posted on the Translators Cafe forum about wanting to move to Japan. Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2007, the aspiring game designer wrote about his experience as an exchange student in Japan during high school and his desire to try and study there during college. He continued, “My dream is to live in Japan and work for Nintendo as a game designer. I realize this is a very large goal but it has been my dream since I first played Mario. I need help figuring out how to achieve this goal. I know I would need to goto a game design school READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Anita Sarkeesian

A response to Anita Sarkeesian’s criticism of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Well, THAT sure didn’t take very long, did it? Yep, everyone’s favorite commentator of video games, “Saint” Anita Sarkeesian is back, and this time she’s criticizing the best Zelda game ever (“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”). At the time of this writing, the review is not up, but it has been submitted, when it’s up, this article… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Breath of the Wild Speedrunner Gets Minutes Away From World Record, Watches Game Freeze

The race to rush through Breath of the Wild has produced blistering speedruns. A run on track for a new world record came to a sudden end yesterday due to a deadly foe: technical issues. Advertisement The current world record for Breath of the Wild is well under an hour. Currently, Orcastraw hold the top spot on leaderboards with a time of 51 minutes and 18 seconds. Yesterday, speedrunner Venick was on track to beat that record and possible even drop the time under the 50 minute mark but lost the run when the game froze during the final boss section. Correction: Speedrunning being what it is, Venick has already achieved a new world record today with a 50:17. You can watch the run here. Advertisement Having blazed a path towards Hyrule Castle, Venick found himself two and a half minutes ahead of his best time (a 0:52:37) and on pace for a stunning world record. All he had to do was defeat the final boss rush. Warning: The video below shows part of the final boss fight. As he enters into the fight READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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How To Build An Airship In Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Move over, Final Fantasy—the newest Zelda has its own airship, and it won’t kill you every time you try to land. The only catch is that you have to build it yourself. Advertisement Here’s how to make your very own artisanal Breath of the Wild airship: Step 1) Get lots of Octo Balloons (by killing Octoroks). Advertisement Step 2) Attach Octo Balloons to a raft. Step 3) Fly. Or just watch this video (h/t Sergej) to see Link soar through the skies like he’s always dreamed: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Tell Us About Your Video Game Pets

We often get attached to animals in video games. Yesterday I wrote about my sweetest, most darling friend: Raincloud, my horse in Breath of the Wild. She’s precious, I love her, and if anything bad ever happens to her I will murder everyone in Hyrule. Advertisement You all seem just as obsessed with your horses as I am. In fact, many of you couldn’t wait to tell me about them. While I love hearing about all these pretty ponies, plenty of other video games have fuzzy friends to love, too. What are the other video game animals you’ve gotten irrationally attached to? Sound off in the comments. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


PSA: Only Two Days Left for Prime Members to Save 20% On Breath of the Wild

Hey, listen. If you have a Wii U or Switch, and for some reason haven’t bought Breath of the Wild yet, you only have two more days to save 20% on the game by ordering with Amazon Prime. Hell, even if you’re waiting for the Switch to come back into stock, it might be worth buying the game early, since popular first party Nintendo games rarely get discounts until they get a Nintendo Selects release. Just remember that this benefit is only valid on the physical copy of the game, and you won’t see the discount until checkout. $48 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $48 From amazon 3862 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!