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Zelda news (March 11): Breath of the Wild interviews / Chess set

Today’s The Legend of Zelda news: a couple of interviews about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but also…

  • The Legend of Zelda: Chess Set

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

On Tuesday, Kotaku published a pretty interesting interview with Hidemaro Fujibayashi about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This interview specifically focuses on elements that were cut from the game, either because experiments simply didn’t work (such as the hookshot or the Beetle from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword), or because the game was then moved to the Nintendo Switch during development.

Here’s an excerpt about the Sheikah Slate specifically:

We felt that the way the Sheikah Slate is represented in the game and how we use the GamePad in real life synced really well. So when we had to remove it, I did feel like, ‘Oh, it’s too bad we had to do that.’ And because it was so tied into the scenario, we did have to go back and redesign and rethink the scenario, which was a little bit [of] hard work.”

And as to whether the team feel intimidated by the idea of trying to make an even better Zelda game than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild…

Every time we put out a Zelda game we feel like we’re at the top of the mountain [and] this is the best Zelda game. But we realize there’s a taller mountain behind that. And I feel like the minute you feel like this is the tallest mountain there ever will be, then you’re not being a good Zelda director.

Click here to check out the full interview!

The New Yorker also published their own interview, where Hidemaro Fujibayashi explains that he was given carte blanche to change anything he wanted about the Legend of Zelda series with this game. The interview also goes over issues encountered during development, and even Satoru Iwata.

Here’s an excerpt about Nintendo’s former president:

When he passed away, there were moments we’d come up with an idea which we’d be excited to talk to Iwata about. Then we’d remember he was no longer here. Miyamoto told me it was the same for him. He’d come up with an idea at the weekend and would feel excited to speak to Iwata about it on Monday, only to remember. The sadness runs deep. This is approaching spiritual talk, but we had the sense that he was watching over our work. That became a source of motivation, a drive for us to improve and be better

Click here to check out the full interview!

Speaking of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, here’s a picture of the upcoming Real Action Hearoes figure for Link, that will cost 30 240 Yen:

The Legend of Zelda: Chess Set

The latest official The Legend of Zelda product from Merchoid is pretty neat: it’s a rather impressive chess set! Here’s which character you get in this set:

  • Link as King
  • Zelda as Queen
  • Impa as the Bishops
  • Epona as the Knights
  • Darunia as the Rooks
  • Navi as the Pawns!
  • Ganon as King
  • Twinrova as Queen
  • Iron Knuckle as Bishops
  • Phantom as Knights
  • Armos as Rooks
  • Dekunuts as Pawns

The game board is black and green, with spot UV finish, and the pieces are “highly detailed, custom sculpted vinyl pieces with metallic finish”.

Here’s some pictures of that Legend of Zelda Chess Set:

You can place a pre-order over at Merchoid, if you’re interested!


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