The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild First Expansion Detailed

It's hard to say exactly how many of those came in on aircraft, but we can only assume the dent it would have made if they hadn't made the decision. It's coming out this summer, for an as-yet-undisclosed price. No exact release date beyond "summer 2017" was provided for The Master Trials pack. The centerpiece is something committed Zelda fans already knew about.

Previously known as the Cave of Trials, the Trial of the Sword apparently unlocks with in the Korok Forest with the Master Sword, and sees Link stripped of his armor, tools, and weapons. If you can kill them all, you gain passage to the next area; in all, Trial of the Sword will offer approximately 45 rooms.

Prediction: Lynels are going to be bad in this mode.

Nintendo will give Link a bit of a hand in Hard Mode: You'll see balloons holding planks in the sky over Hyrule. Instead, it will increase the average level of enemies by one stage (e.g., Bokoblins that would have been red will be blue instead). You can get it in a $20 bundle with the second set of downloadable content that's due out this holiday.

There's still more. Here are Nintendo's bullet points for each item, followed by a little commentary to help clear up any questions.

But available starting today, you can play through the game with alternate audio languages.

Players will be able to use the Hero's Path map feature to show them the exact route Link has taken in up to the last 200 hours of gameplay in case they want to see where he still needs to explore. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven't visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven't encountered yet. You can only register one location using the Travel Medallion. Also counted among them are the dungeons that appear in every single main-entry Zelda title (albeit in bitesize form in Breath of the Wild).

This seems great. I can't wait to retrace my steps and figure out which parts of the map remain untouched. But even this one sounds pretty big.

A bunch of new items and outfits are also headed to Hyrule, most of which take inspiration from past Zelda games. Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. It is unknown if these will have special features, but the Korok Mask will shake if you're close to the location of a Korok Seed.

Breath of the Wild is very generous with its fast-travel system.

  • Arturo Norris