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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gets Switch launch day release date

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You’ll be playing it soon enough

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch on March 3 in North America, Nintendo revealed during a special Nintendo Switch livestream. The game, which is due for both the Switch and Wii U, will be a launch title for the new console.

Nintendo has debuted several trailers of Breath of the Wild since it was fully unveiled last year, during E3 2016. That didn’t stop the company from showing another one tonight. The video was Nintendo’s “one last thing” during the special Switch event, showing the open world adventure game’s expansive landscape. We saw Link scaling a mountain, running through snow-covered fields and riding around on his trusty steed, all in the hopes of saving the kingdom of Hyrule.

The Switch version of Breath of the Wild will be comparable to the one on Wii U, although it will take advantage of the newer console’s increased capabilities. It will also be compatible with new amiibo, as well as the Wolf Link amiibo figure. Originally released with Twilight Princess HD on Wii U, the figure will be sold separately starting Feb. 3.

Three different editions of Breath of the Wild will be sold: standard, special and master edition. The special edition will include a carrying case, collectible coin, map, tapestry and the game’s soundtrack. The master edition, which will cost $129.99, will include all of the above and a special Master Sword figure.

The game is available to play during the Nintendo Switch hands-on events, which kick off in New York City and Tokyo this weekend.

Breath of the Wild is the first original Zelda game to hit Wii U. It was originally due in 2015, but Nintendo announced in the spring of that year that the game wouldn’t make it until much later.


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