The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild turns three years old today, but fans aren’t ready to stop celebrating the game quite yet. There’s a sequel on the horizon, with a short-haired Zelda and a dehydrated Ganon, but we don’t have much in the way of details quite yet. With Breath of the Wild hitting a new milestone, fans are celebrating the game through fan art and stories.
Twitter is chock full of art by talented fans who are coming together to recreate their favorite moments under the Japanese hashtag #ブレスオブザワイルド3周年 (or Breath of the Wild 3 annive). There’s everything from painted renderings of Link and Zelda, to screenshots of fans’ favorite memories, to alternate-universe interpretations of this classic Nintendo franchise.
벌써 3주년이라니...!— 이어리 (@Eori_namo) March 2, 2020
앞으로 나올 속편으로 또 행복한 덕질 예약합니다 :)#ブレスオブザワイルド３周年#야생의숨결3주년 #BreathoftheWild pic.twitter.com/wNd40RpnUy
#ブレスオブザワイルド3周年— 朱里/shuri (@ebiebieshrimp) March 3, 2020
ブレスオブザワイルド— うさパンダ✨usapanda (@usapanda_G) March 2, 2020
BotW 3rd Anniversary Weapons art#武器増殖アート #BreathoftheWild#ブレスオブザワイルド3周年 pic.twitter.com/4mfreWZLKc
#ブレスオブザワイルド3周年— ユウマ 上野東京都美術館展示3/7まで (@UMA_0126) March 3, 2020
#ブレスオブザワイルド３周年 #BreathoftheWild pic.twitter.com/poYwErF9HD— 錆@低浮上 (@trtsshll) March 3, 2020
#ブレスオブザワイルド3周年— 露露 (@Lulu_7825) March 3, 2020
There’s much more on Twitter.
Not every game is so lucky to stick around in the zeitgeist for so long; not even other Zelda games are guaranteed to have the same staying power. But Breath of the Wild is an exceptional title that has earned the devotion from fans, and we’ll likely see its legacy live on with more open-world games throughout the decade.
With the game turning three, there’s still plenty of time to revisit the original Hyrule before the sequel hits. For player who are looking for a fresh take, but don’t have the patience to wait for a full sequel release, Breath of the Wild is thankfully hefty enough that there’s room to innovate and try some new approaches.