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How to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in nine languages (update)

It’s easy, even if there’s a catch

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild includes a significant amount of voice acting, unlike most other entries in the series. Not only that, but Nintendo’s localized the Nintendo Switch launch title in several languages, and we discovered that it’s possible to play through the game in any of them with ease — although there’s a catch.

To hear the cast of Breath of the Wild in various languages, from English to Russian to Japanese, Switch owners must turn to the console’s system settings. There, they can change the language, which affects not only certain games played on the Switch, but the console’s menus as well.

Now that the Switch and Breath of the Wild are almost out, players may be eager to find out how to explore all the different languages for themselves. The gallery below shows the step-by-step process to converting both the Switch console and Breath of the Wild into another language — in this case, Japanese — which could be worthwhile to Zelda fans who prefer to hear the characters peak in Nintendo’s native language. Unfortunately, the subtitles will also be in Japanese, making it pretty much impossible for foreigners to comprehend.

That may not matter to diehards who have already finished the promising, expansive new Zelda game, of course. The region-free console’s abundant default language options give players a good reason to jump into Breath of the Wild another nine times, one for each possible voice option.

We first heard Breath of the Wild’s characters, including Princess Zelda, in a variety of languages earlier this year. Shortly after Nintendo revealed the Nintendo Switch’s release date and released a new trailer for the game alongside it, fans picked up on the multiple voiceover options, cutting them all together for an easy comparison.

Both the Switch and Breath of the Wild launch March 3.

Update: A post-release patch for Breath of the Wild added support for multiple languages, without the need to switch the default language of the Nintendo Switch console. On both Wii U and Switch, players can play the game with one of nine different voice acting options, as well as subtitles in the language of their choosing. The Wii U version requires that players download a separate Voice Pack from the Nintendo eShop in order to enable this feature.

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