Saddle Up Epona and dust off your Master Sword. Link is back in his biggest adventure yet.

After years of teases, delays, and rampant speculation on forums and threads across the web, Nintendo has finally rewarded fans’ stalwart patience with a stunning first look at the next installment in the Legend of Zelda canon.

I hope you brought an oxygen mask, because this is gonna take your breath away.

Nintendo: ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

The trailer for the now officially titled “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” started Nintendo’s live E3 broadcast off with a bang. For a while, Nintendo has been placating restless fans with promises of the most expansive Zelda game to date, and ‘Breath of the Wild’ certainly looks ready to deliver.

Just how massive is it? Well, Nintendo mentioned during the conference that the game world is an unprecedented 12 times larger than 2006’s ‘Twilight Princess,’ and will emphasize exploration more than any other Zelda title before it.

Nintendo: ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Beyond that, the trailer showcases a multitude of distinct locales. Methinks it’s gonna take more than feeding Epona a few carrots to traverse Hyrule’s endless landscape this time around, but that’s no problem. Fans will want to take in every inch of this gorgeously rendered world.

The art style perfectly blends the detail-driven look of “Twilight Princess” with “Windwaker’s” distinct cel-shading.

Nintendo: ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Dynamic lighting and a vibrant color palette give the game a real Studio Ghibli kind of feel.

Naturally, everyone’s favorite elven-eared hero is back, this time sporting a colorful new tunic.

Nintendo: ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Series purists will be happy to know that, while the trailer did feature a Na’Vi/Midna-esque voiceover, it seems that Link will remain his delightfully-mute self for the foreseeable future.

Because exploring a colossal world can be lonely work, Nintendo also announced that players will be able to use amiibo to unlock ‘Twilight Princess’s’ Wolf Link as an in-game companion.


Just shut up and take my money already, Nintendo. I surrender.

While an exact date has yet to be announced, Nintendo did confirm the game’s 2017 release for both the Wii U and the forthcoming Nintendo NX.

Nintendo: ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Given the hype around this game, 2017 sounds like an eternity away. Fortunately, players can already pre-order the Wii U edition of the game through Amazon or Best Buy.

And, In case your mind hasn’t been sufficiently blown, you can check out the trailer in its spectacular entirety below.


Finally, if you’re still hungry for more, you can peruse literal hours of new gameplay footage on Nintendo’s YouTube channel or join them live on Twitch for all the latest news and updates from E3.