The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch on Switch and Wii U on March 3

Hey! Listen! Nintendo also debuted a new trailer, which teases the link between Hyrule's royal family and 'Calamity Ganon.'


After rumors that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might get pushed back yet again, Nintendo confirmed that the game—which promises to shake up the Zelda formula in place since 1998's Ocarina of Time—will release on March 3 alongside the Switch.

The Wii U version will release on the same day.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    January 12, 2017 9:07 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch on Switch on March 3

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      January 13, 2017 1:18 AM

      So is it the 17th or the 3rd?

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        January 13, 2017 5:11 AM

        The 3rd.

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        January 13, 2017 6:16 AM

        Yep, 3rd. Sorry about that! We were working late last night, and "17" was placeholder text I forgot to change over.

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          January 13, 2017 7:49 AM

          No worries, I just posted the comment as I assumed there was a mistake and you guys would want to fix it :)

          A lot of my posts are coming off as snarky recently, and I'm really not intending to!

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      January 13, 2017 2:49 AM

      Not sure about that anime quality voice acting lol

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        January 13, 2017 6:17 AM

        Yeah, it seems hit or miss. I'm hoping Japanese voiceover with English subtitles is an option, as shown in the trailer that played during the presentation.

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        January 13, 2017 9:17 AM

        Honestly it was a surprise to hear voice acting in general.

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        January 13, 2017 9:26 AM

        The English trailer sounded pretty good.

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      January 13, 2017 7:26 AM

      So.... I may or may not be able to swing getting a Switch at launch so I'm wondering how insane it would be to get this on the Wii U. Have they said what the differences are, other than the Switch giving you the portability angle?

      Like I would assume the Switch version would look better but I dunno.

      Lord knows it wouldn't be the first time I've bought a Zelda game more than once.

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        January 13, 2017 8:26 AM

        From the Wii U gameplay it looked like it definitely needed some AA. Very jagged. Other than that I couldn't tell! Maybe some extra lighting and shadows?

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          January 13, 2017 9:30 AM

          Even the switch stuff needed some AA. Not Zelda but the other games.

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        January 13, 2017 8:57 AM

        Looks like framerate and draw distance are the only real changes.

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      January 13, 2017 9:29 AM

      That trailer was exceptional. Fantastic music, gave me chills. Going to play Zelda ALL WEEKEND LONG.

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