The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U video game consoles. It is the 19th release in the main The Legend of Zelda series. The story is set in Hyrule and follows amnesiac protagonist Link, who awakens from a 100-year slumber to a mysterious voice that guides him to defeat Calamity Ganon.
The title's gameplay and mechanics constitute a departure from the series' conventions, featuring an open-world environment, a detailed physics engine, high-definition visuals, voice acting, and the ability to play through the game's dungeons in any order or not at all. Announced in 2013, the game was initially planned for release as a Wii U exclusive in 2015, but was delayed twice prior to its release on 3 March 2017. Breath of the Wild was a launch title for the Switch, and the final Nintendo-produced game for the Wii U.
Breath of the Wild received universal acclaim from critics, who deemed it to be one of the greatest video games ever released. Critics praised the game's open-ended, physics-driven gameplay that encourages player experimentation, with many calling it a landmark title in open-world game design, despite some having issues with the game's technical performance.
"I haven't been this hyped for a game in a long time. I honestly felt like a child again watching the new trailer and gameplay videos for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. When I played Zelda games as a child, this is always how I pictured those games in my head. A nice open area full of secrets, treasure, enemies, etc while also giving off an ambient pieceful vibe (lack of music). The E3 trailer theme sounds amazing. It definitely fits the new Zelda, while also giving off the feel that they really made a lot of changes (for the better) for this one. I couldn't help but make a rock cover of it. Just an FYI, after watching the trailer, I actually got really emotional. Was not expecting that. I hope you guys enjoy this one!" - Shady Cicada