The World Reacts to Zelda: Breath of the Wild

OK, the gaming world reacts to Zelda, at least… you’re lucky I didn’t say that they drew breath.

Gamers around the globe¬†drew a sharp intake of breath (ahh there it is) today as Nintendo’s review publication date arrived for Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

It’s fair to say the game has made quite an impression on those who have finished it already, with even the more Nintendosceptic sites awarding high praise for the Japanese company’s vital Switch launch title. The main feats that were lauded included the scale and beauty of Hyrule, the clever and noninvasive storytelling methods used, and the lack of hand-holding or disruptive tutorials when presented with such a vast land to explore. The only downsides mentioned were some frame rate dips recorded on the Switch version.

So far, NintendoLife have awarded the game 10/10; IGN followed suit with a 10, dubbing it a “masterpiece” and “a masterclass in open-world design”, not half bad for the big N’s first true stab at the open-world genre; Trusted Reviews awarded the full 5 stars, calling it “the best game of all time”; GameSpot added another perfect 10; and perhaps the most legendary review of all, the Famitsu review, saw The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild become only the 24th title to achieve the full 40 points (although it should be said that their list of 24 has some, erm, interesting, games on it).

Nonetheless, this is a huge boon for Nintendo ahead of tomorrow’s make or break Switch release. We will play both the Wii U version (not reviewed thus far), and of course, the shiny new Switch version too, and bring you our own verdict in the coming weeks.

Will you be picking this one up on Switch, Wii U, or passing it by entirely? Let us know!

Official game site: http://www.zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild/

Worldwide release date: 03.03.2017

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