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During this year's Game Awards there was a brand new trailer that opened up the show, offering gamers a look at the new and upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo Switch.
The trailer was also linked to the Nintendo of America Twitter account and featured just a minute and a half of gameplay that actually teases the one titular character we haven't seen yet... Zelda.
The trailer gives us a great look at the mounted combat featuring Epona and Link, as he battles larger than life enemies and rides through the plains with victory in mind. The game still looks as gorgeous as ever and now calls into question exactly what sort of role Zelda will play in the open-world adventure for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
The trailer isn't very long but it didn't have to be. We were given just a small enough taste of Zelda as she makes her appearance in Breath of the Wild for the very first time. The princess maintains her regal charm as usual, even if only appearing in fleeting moments of the trailer.
We don't really get to see exactly how much of a role that Zelda will play in the full version of Breath of the Wild because so far the only thing we've seen of the game are the early parts where Link is still just getting some decent pants to wear and is trying to find his way out of encampments of goblins and massive rolling hills that require a lot of scaling and climbing.
Early on players will have to scavenge through the caves, find some decent gear and eventually work your way up toward getting the Master Sword, acquiring the help of Epona, and eventually meeting Zelda.
One of the key themes of the game is that whatever you see, whether up close or from afar, you can go there. This was one of the elements designer Eiji Aonuma focused on during the early days of the game's promotional material. They wanted to ensure that gamers knew that they could go anywhere, do anything and problem solve using emergent physics-based technologies. It's a divergence from the typical puzzle solving adventure, but at the same time, there's a familiarity there that many fans of The Legend of Zelda will be able to find as they venture throughout the vast open world in Breath of the Wild.
The game will make its way to both the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo Switch at some point in 2017. We don't know for sure if the game will launch during the spring as a launch title of the Nintendo Switch or if it will launch at some point later on. For sure the game will definitely set a new standard for adventure games produced by Nintendo.