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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild screenshots – Like dodging lightning on Thunder Plains

by Ron Duwell | February 13, 2017February 13, 2017 9:00 am PST

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild headlined Game Informer this month, and the publication graced us with five new screenshots to drool over while we wait for the March 3 release. I’d be more excited, but securing a Nintendo Switch has proven to be harder than Nintendo promised it would be.

I’ll need to wait a bit longer to play this game, I think.

Either way, the five new screenshots each show off a new element that we haven’t seen before in the game. Link rides Epona through a snowy forest, giant skeleton beasts jump him out in a foggy field, the dungeon master looms over him with his Mega Buster fully charged on his arm, and Beedle the wandering merchant returns to the series and will sometimes meet Link on the open plains of Hyrule.

My favorite of the bunch suggests what happens if Link gets too close to a lightning bolt. It reminds me of Final Fantasy X and dodging all those bolts on the Thunder Plains… yeah, I’ve never successfully done that either. I’m even happier to read that equipping metal weapons during a thunderstorm will make Link more susceptible to lightning strikes.

If I could only play one game this year…

And it seems like this might just be the case. The first month and a half of 2017 has proven to be much busier than usual, so much so that I still need to catch up on Nioh, Resident Evil 7, Yakuza 0, and Gravity Rush 2. Everything is slipping by me so far, let alone some of the older games I really want to go back and play again.

If The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were to be the only new game of 2017 I actually end up playing, I might think it would be worth it. There’s Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda… and there’s everything else.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...