Today, Nintendo published a blog post about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the official blog of the Legend of Zelda portal in Japan. This time, the post is from Hidemaro Fujibayashi, the Director of the game. He’s here to talk about the first DLC pack, the Master Trials, releasing on June 30th. Every day until the release of that DLC pack, he’s going to introduce one of the elements from it.
For this first blog post, Hidemaro Fujibayashi is talking about the Korok Mask.
As you probably know already, the mask is based on the Koroks, creatures that originally appeared in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, released in 2002 on GameCube and 2013 in HD on Wii U. To be more precise, it’s based on a very special Korok that appears in this game.
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Koroks are hidden everywhere in Hyrule… there’s 900 of them to find in total. The Korok Mask is related to those very hidden Koroks, as it actually helps you find them.
As you’ve probably noticed by playing the game, there’s a lot of rather suspicious spots in the large world of Hyrule. During development, the team thought it would be a good idea to hide things here and there, that would be fun to discover. And so at first, they experimented using various stones objects…
… such as this one. Do you know what it is? The answer can be found below!
But as development progressed, they found out that just finding those stone objects wasn’t really all that interesting. So they thought “What about finding something small hidden below those stones?”. And that’s how they ended up with the Koroks hiding below rocks. Up until that point, the Koroks could only be found deep in that particular forest (you know… the one with a certain talking tree!).
When wearing the Korok Mask, if you happen to get near a spot where a Korok is hiding, the mask will shake to warn you. Since there are 900 of the little buggers hidden in the world, this is definitely going to help players who want to find them all by themselves (without resorting to a guide).
By the way, the stone object shown above is the Master Sword pedestal, from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword!
Previous blog posts about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
- Post 1 (locations)
- Post 2 (outfits)
- Post 3 (animations)
- Post 4 (landscape)
- Post 5 (interiors)
- Post 6 (sound effects)
- Post 7 (main theme)
- Post 8 (Memories)
- Post 9 (Zelda’s VA interview)