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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer looks absolutely beautiful

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That painterly look

I'll freely admit that unlike many gamers that grew up as Nintendo loyalists in the late '80s and '90s, I don't have a very strong connection to The Legend of Zelda. I more or less skipped everything past A Link to the Past. I get into more detail about it in this feature, speaking with Destructoid's CJ Andriessen, but long story short, I hadn't even played the original NES Zelda until this year, and I found it surprisingly contemporary, compared to new popular titles like Dark Souls and even Skyrim

Strangely enough, though, that original Zelda is what Nintendo's new, Wii U and NX-based entry, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild recalls the most. I may not have played most of the franchise's games, but as a games writer, I've seen enough of Zelda's many iterations to get an idea of what they're like. And this one is perhaps the closest one the original in nearly 30 years. The free exploration reminds me of the go-anywhere, self-directed journeying that characterized the very first game, which would be fitting considering that the first Zelda games were inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto's childhood sojourns into the wilderness surrounding his home.

Anyway, check out the trailer below, and see an absurd amount of gameplay footage at this playlist courtesy of Nintendo's E3 2016 stream. Destructoid's also got extensive coverage of the game straight from the show floor.

I have to say that while I struggled to convince myself that picking up a Wii U would be worthwhile, There may be more reason than ever to look forward to however the NX turns out.


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