Nintendo has released a patch for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and we’re not quite sure what it does yet. Arrows may have been affected, but the only thing the patch notes themselves state is that “adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.”
That’s it. Adjustments have been made, with the goal of making the gaming experience more pleasant. So what does this mean? We have some theories, which are all completely serious and should be taken at face value.
More pleasant for who?
The key word here is “pleasant,” but the wording doesn’t indicate the target of that pleasantness. If Nintendo is truly concerned with making the experience more pleasant, and it’s talking about the person who is playing the game, the sky is the limit for potential changes.
For instance, we don’t know if Nintendo is in the process of mailing every player a nice sweater, which would make playing the game a bit more pleasant, but this would indicate the patch itself is part of a massive data collection scheme aimed at letting Nintendo know where to send those sweaters. The sweaters might be pleasant, but the lack of privacy is not.
The idea that the patch will somehow install a fireplace in your home so you can snuggle by the fire while playing the game with your family is too far-fetched. It’s barely worth talking about in the context of this story.
The most plausible theory is that the game will now make you a nice, warm cup of tea while you play.
What if the game is more pleasant for Link?
This could change everything. There are several things Nintendo could do to improve the level of pleasantness for Link himself.
I will list some of them below.
- Link is given a blanket straight from the drier, so it’s still warm
- During thunderstorms, Link is transported to an inn and given a cinnamon roll. The roll has the appropriate amount of icing.
- Link is handed a cookie the moment they’re out of the oven, so the chocolate is still melty
- Link is given a new pair of socks with every outfit, so he can enjoy that feeling of putting on a sock for the first time. Gosh, that’s a good feeling.
- If Link uses the restroom at a restaurant, his food will have arrived by the time he returns
- Every birthday card Link receives will include a crisp $20 bill, because that’s the most pleasant amount of money to get in a birthday card. We have no clue why that is, but you know it’s true.
Nintendo may not like to say exactly how Breath of the Wild is becoming more pleasant, but until we explore every inch of the game we can’t rule out the idea that these ideas haven’t been implemented.