The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U

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  • Summary: Ignore everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule inIgnore everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure. Explore the wilds of Hyrule any way you like - Climb up towers and mountain peaks in search of new destinations, then set your own path to get there and plunge into the wilderness. Along the way, you'll battle towering enemies, hunt wild beasts and gather ingredients for the food and elixirs you'll need to sustain you on your journey. More than 100 Shrines of Trials to discover and explore - Shrines dot the landscape, waiting to be discovered in any order you want. Search for them in various ways, and solve a variety of puzzles inside. Work your way through the traps and devices inside to earn special items and other rewards that will help you on your adventure. Be prepared and properly equipped - With an entire world waiting to be explored, you'll need a variety of outfits and gear to reach every corner. You may need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat. Some clothing even has special effects that, for example, can make you faster and stealthier. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 20, 2017
    100
    Does it have the best combat system in the world? No. Is it the best looking game out there? No. Does it have the best RPG soundtrack ever? No. Can the game make you feel like you are eight years old again? Hell yes. It certainly had that effect with me. It has been a long time since exploring, fighting, and adventuring has so consistently brought a smile to my face. Breath of the Wild is such a wonderful experience that once you play it, you will likely never look at open world games the same again.
  2. Mar 16, 2017
    100
    How could the Zelda series evolve and reinvent itself to reclaim its spot among the greatest games in the world? According to the Breath of the Wild book, by rewiring its main conventions and tapping them into the freedom template provided by the saga's very first chapter, adding to them the visual marvels that contemporary technology can achieve, the vastest space for exploration that has ever been created for a Zelda game and a perfect learning cycle that provides Link with an explosive potential for development.
  3. Mar 18, 2017
    100
    If it really is the last major title that the Wii U ever sees, then it's a fantastic way to bow out - The Legend of Zelda has never been so perfect.
  4. Mar 10, 2017
    97
    The Wii U version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the same amazing, unforgettable experience you can enjoy on the new Nintendo Switch: the game runs pretty smoothly even on the old console, and despite being less powerful, the graphics are almost the same. If you're not buying Switch and already own a Wii U, this really is a no-brainer.
  5. Mar 10, 2017
    97
    Breath of the Wild on Wii U runs at 720p, and has the same, small framerate issues of the Switch version. The loading times are surprinsingly good, considering the size of the game. Anyway, the only important thing to say is that Breath of the Wild on Wii U is as excellent as his Switch brother.
  6. Mar 10, 2017
    95
    Even on Wii U The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is a must-buy. This is a piece of art that does not lose any of its charm compared to the Switch version. Everyone should play this game.
  7. Mar 10, 2017
    90
    Breath of The Wild is not perfect. It suffers technical limitations compared to other open-world games on other consoles, even moreso on Wii U... of course. But this new adventure is absolutely fantastic though, and it's actually one of the best in the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 386
  1. Mar 3, 2017
    10
    Breath of the Wild broke a lot of records in the history of gaming. By that, I mean it is most likely impossible to find one thing wrong withBreath of the Wild broke a lot of records in the history of gaming. By that, I mean it is most likely impossible to find one thing wrong with this game. It's like Nintendo took the base of Ocarina of Time and modernize it to make it look like this game over here. This is why Nintendo will forever remain in my heart no matter where it all goes. I'm telling you this, Breath of the Wild has everything... yes, every... single... thing that made Ocarina of Time look like a masterpiece. This is the lost brother of Ocarina of Time and the true brother Ocarina of Time will ever need. Just go buy this game, it wants your money so bad, it wants you to play it so bad, it wants to be your local friend literally bad. I'll be waiting until you get this game. Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2017
    10
    I love this game so much. It's huge, I played through the first area once solo, then watched my wife and buddy make a save game and exploreI love this game so much. It's huge, I played through the first area once solo, then watched my wife and buddy make a save game and explore the area. In a combined 15-20 hours of game play on the first area alone we were still discovering hidden caves, creatures, weapons, armor, and treasures that we never saw before. I also like the challenge. I've died so many times in so many different ways and each time it was cool.

    I would think that running through a big open field would be boring but they make sure that, even hidden in the grass, there are all sorts of useful things or I never noticed that pinwheel on that stump there. What is that? What does it do? I'll put a star by it and come back later. How do i get up there? I never tried climbing to the top of that before and, sure enough, there's a 10 things i discover on the climb and something at the top!

    If you don't discover something hidden, or a puzzle, or treasure at an unexplored area then you will discover 10 on the way there.

    What do these do? This looks interesting. Next thing you know it's coming to life and trying to kill you! RUN!
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  3. Jun 19, 2017
    10
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is one of the best games I have EVER played, The soundtrack is very elegant and peaceful, and when youThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is one of the best games I have EVER played, The soundtrack is very elegant and peaceful, and when you run across a boss the soundtrack gets dramatic. The open world is filled with things to do, and unlike most games, and Zelda games, there is so many mechanics that make the game shine. Like cooking, The graphics are amazing, and that frames are good, but there is still drops, that should not take away from the gameplay given they are rare unless looking over a vast area. What I like is that some characters voices have voice acting during important cut scenes, and normal text wile playing. The inventory looks great and being able to upgrade items is a great plus. The detail in the game overall is phenomenal and you NEED to buy it. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2017
    10
    Jogo fantástico em todos os aspectos: gráficos, som, mecânica, física, sistema de batalha, complexidade do jogo, mundo aberto de fato (!!) eJogo fantástico em todos os aspectos: gráficos, som, mecânica, física, sistema de batalha, complexidade do jogo, mundo aberto de fato (!!) e história. Quem deu nota zero é hater mesmo. Quem deu nota mediana é porque não gosta do estilo de jogo, então nem sei o que vem fazer aqui. :D Expand
  5. Apr 17, 2017
    9
    I would love to give this game a perfect rating and say that it is a masterpiece of the greatest order (and in many ways it is) butI would love to give this game a perfect rating and say that it is a masterpiece of the greatest order (and in many ways it is) but unfortunately, the shortcomings it has prevent me from saying that. If the rating system allowed it, I would say a 95-96 more than a 9. This game changes the legend of zelda in ways that I never expected to go, taking a page out of the Elder Scrolls and applying it in an excellent way to truly give us a next gen Zelda game, with many new mechanics that probably now I can't see a Zelda game without. But in this effort to truly change the game and make it new and exciting, perhaps Nintendo overplays a little bit and some of the aspects that truly define the series are not here in full. Mostly the aspects I can say that don't live up to par: the dungeons and their bosses while imaginative and interesting are not in the super memorable and complex ways of old. The music, which is a standard of quality in the series, here is just ok, and the main villain, while interesting in its design and fight. leaves a little bit to be desired in question to previous incarnations. For me, this game is an excellent one, one that any fan of zelda, nintendo, open world games, or just games in general have no excuse of not playing (even for Wii U), but there are some aspects that perhaps could have been more up to par to truly be a masterpiece like some games in this series have been in the past. I really enjoyed this one, and I believe that this is the foundation for the franchise forward (including the voice acting, that while not that good, really didn't angered me at all) and with this in place, for the next one is time to truly combine this new aspects and really go full out, a fully voiced acted game not only cutscenes, a more complex storyline with truly great and complex dungeons and bosses and music in the truly legendary standard that this series is used to.
    PS: What the hell nintendo, Why make Epona a pay up priviledge only if you have the Smash bros link amiibo, that's Capcom levels of greed.
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  6. Mar 5, 2017
    9
    I'll be honest. I didn't believe the hype, not one bit. I'm a 2D Zelda fan and have always preferred A Link To The Past and A Link BetweenI'll be honest. I didn't believe the hype, not one bit. I'm a 2D Zelda fan and have always preferred A Link To The Past and A Link Between Worlds far more than Ocarina, etc. I'm not a hipster by any means, I just always got lost, confused, and bored when playing 3D Zelda games.

    Nonetheless, I was a die hard Wii U fan for the little bit of time that it was relevant so I gave Breath of the Wild a shot, knowing that it would be the last Wii U game I'd ever buy.

    I'm absolutely stunned.

    This isn't the best game I've played this year - for me that's Watch Dogs 2 - but Breath of the Wild is definitely the first time in a long, long time that I've agreed with game critics reviews 100%. This is Zelda defined. I'm barely 10 hours into this thing and am so blown away by it that my face is numb from smiling so much. Think that sounds cheesy? Consider that I'm a 45 year old gamer from the stone age - and I'm loving every minute of this.

    Kudos Nintendo. Way to send the Wii U out with a bang - and usher in the Switch.
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  7. Jun 7, 2017
    0
    This game is Nintendo at is best. I thought Nintendo would never make a Legend of Zelda game that would TOP Ocarina of Time. But they had meThis game is Nintendo at is best. I thought Nintendo would never make a Legend of Zelda game that would TOP Ocarina of Time. But they had me dead wrong. This game is a masterpiece. It's so beautiful and so wonderful, it's very hard to put into words, you HAVE to experience this game for yourself. Whether your a PC player, Sony, Xbox, this game is bound to astonish you. Nintendo will forever be in my heart. Expand

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