Nintendo Details the First DLC Pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Trial of the Sword and a New Hard Mode Highlight the Additional

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hailed by both critics and audiences as one of the most ambitious video
games Nintendo has ever produced, The
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
game has earned universal
acclaim. The massive open-air adventure will soon receive even more
engaging content with the Expansion
, composed of two planned DLC packs for both the Nintendo
and Wii
versions. The first pack, called The Legend of Zelda: Breath of
the Wild – The Master Trials
, launches this summer, while the second
DLC pack launches in holiday 2017. The two packs are only available as a
bundle for a price of $19.99. The first pack of downloadable content
will add the Trial of the Sword and a challenging new Hard Mode to the
game, as well as other fun and useful features.

“Whether you have already completed the adventure or are just getting
ready to paraglide into Hyrule for the first time, this new downloadable
Expansion Pass makes this massive game even bigger and more engrossing,”
said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales
and Marketing. “We are always looking for new ways to provide fun and
exciting experiences for our fans.”

Here is a breakdown of everything The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the
Wild – The Master Trials
has to offer:

  • Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, players can
    challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as “Cave of
    Trials Challenge”), where enemies appear one after another. Link
    starts without any armor or weapons, and if he defeats all of the
    enemies in the room he can proceed to the next area. Trial of the
    Sword will include around 45 total rooms for players to complete. When
    Link clears all of the trials, the true power of the Master Sword will
    awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state.
  • Hard Mode: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is
    already considered one of the most thrilling games in The Legend of
    series, and fans looking for a challenge are in for a treat
    with the new Hard Mode. In Hard Mode, the “ranks” of enemies in the
    game are increased (i.e. Red Bokoblins change to Blue), and players
    might even encounter higher-ranking enemies they wouldn’t find through
    normal play. Enemies will also slowly recover health in battle,
    forcing you to defeat them more quickly. They will also more easily
    spot Link as he approaches them, making these enemies tougher to sneak
    up on. In addition, floating planks held aloft by balloons will be
    scattered around Hyrule. By successfully reaching these planks,
    players can battle enemies and collect treasure.
  • Hero’s Path Mode: Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a
    large world it’s sometimes hard for players to remember where they’ve
    been. To help with tracking progress, the new Hero’s Path Mode will
    document every step players take, and mark their path in green on the
    map. The route taken will be tracked for the player’s last 200 hours
    of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a
    timeline. This even works retroactively, so players that have already
    put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have
    traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they
    haven’t visited in this vast world, and may help players find those
    Shrines they haven’t encountered yet.
  • Travel Medallion: There will be a new treasure chest somewhere
    in the game world which contains the Travel Medallion. With the Travel
    Medallion, players can create a temporary new travel point on the map
    where they are currently standing. Link can then transport himself to
    that point at any time. Only one travel point can be registered on the
    map at a time.
  • Korok Mask: By finding the new Korok Mask, players will have a
    much easier time finding Korok locations in the game. When equipped,
    the mask will shake, indicating that a Korok is hidden somewhere
  • New Equipment: Eight new pieces of equipment inspired by
    previous characters and games in the series will be added to The
    Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    after downloading the first
    DLC pack. Once discovered by the player, they will yield equipment
    themed after fan-favorite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle,
    Phantom and Majora’s Mask.

More information about the second DLC pack will be revealed in the
future. All DLC is available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U
versions of the game.

Starting today, players will be able to experience the game in one of
nine audio languages [Japanese, English, French (France), French
(Canada), German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), Italian and
Russian], with a different language used for on-screen text by
downloading a free software update. To enable this feature in the Wii U
version of the game, players will need to download a Voice Pack from
Nintendo eShop.

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