Lest anyone begin to think that we hate Nintendo around here (we do not), it’s time that the grandaddy of iconic games have a little time in the Well-Red spotlight. PlayStation had their chance, and they took it, with a phenomenal conference yesterday but this morning the world got more than a glimpse at Nintendo’s upcoming Zelda project: Breath of the Wild.
I don’t own a Wii U, and I may not purchase an NX (if Breath crosses over there) unless they can really figure out how to sell the product to me, but Breath of the Wild is a strong argument for getting one, and for getting Nintendo back in the game. It’s clear that they don’t intend to offer the same kind of games which occupy Sony and Microsoft’s lineups, with more of a focus on recapturing the essence and magic of the golden age of gaming rather than pushing forward into more and more graphical fidelity. But that doesn’t mean that Breath of the Wild isn’t beautiful.
The design concept of Breath of the Wild is to somehow reposition the series so that it once again feels like an open world of secrets, as in the original The Legend of Zelda.
If they can pull that off, then bloom-lighting, cel-shading, familiar mechanics aside, they’ve got a classic on their hands. But whether a “classic” will turn out to be innovative enough to escape borishness remains to be seen.
For now, there’s a touch of that old magic with this soothing trailer.
-The Well-Red Mage