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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild goes epic on Nintendo SwitchWe've played Link's latest adventure on the Switch, and it's big. Real big.
[MUSIC] Once again, Nintendo's newest Zelda game launches on a new system. You can play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on WiiU, r the Nintendo Switch. I got to play the Switch version. Zelda on a small and large screen means two ways to play. And Breath of the Wild has a lot of new ideas For traditional Zelda fans to get used to. Breath of the Wild is an open-world adventure, and Nintendo isn't kidding. And while players of open-world console games might not be surprised, Zelda gamers might be slightly overwhelmed. It's a quiet world Full of forests, and fields, and mountains. You can climb anywhere, as long as your stamina allows it. Some cliffs are seriously big. You can wander alone for awhile, and the game invites it. There's lots of crafting in this Zelda. Your weapons and items are found, and they wear down and break over time. You also end up forging for fruit, herbs and other things that can be combined and cooked in nearby fires. Sometimes, you get powerful potions. Other times, you get duds. [SOUND] Breath of the Wild is a post post-apocalypic Zelda game, taking place many years after some cataclysm. Ruins are everywhere and mechanical creatures lurk. Link has a tablet, sort of like your Switch, that can scan for locations. Tagging and mapping locations feels like having a mini GPS. Breath of the Wild uses all the buttons on the Switch's Joy-Con controllers. But those controllers are small, plugged into the included grip. Or slid into the switch, they're okay. Aiming a bow uses motion controls. Managing abilities and weapons uses other buttons. It's fun to take Zelda on the go but the scope of the game and its small details make it a better fit for a TV than the Switch's small screen. But the ability to play the game away from home makes Breath of the Wild feel special. So far it's great, but it's also one of the only games available for the Nintendo Switch at launch on March 3rd. [MUSIC]