If you want it, you’ll have to move quick, before Nintendo banishes it to the Twilight Realm.
I have a confession to make. While the 2-D Zelda games like the original Legend of Zelda for the NES and A Link to the Past on the SNES are some of my favorite games of all time, I’ve never been able to get into any of the 3-D Zelda games. I can’t deny that Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess are good games — they have millions of fans after all — but I personally never got more than a dungeon or two into either of them.
With the recent release of Breath of the Wild, I’ve found myself wishing for a new, hugely expansive 2-D Zelda game…and thanks to one fan-created game, myself and other gamers like me might just get that chance.
Say hello to Breath of the NES, a Zelda fangame by WinterDrakeDev. It transforms Breath of the Wild into, well, a different dimension. Watch the trailer video here:
▼ Essentially Breath of the Wild with NES-style graphics?
This is all I’ve ever wanted, Nintendo!
▼ The game incorporates lots of cool mechanics from Breath of the Wild
such as chopping trees to gather wood and apples.
▼ And what better way to use those freshly-chopped
logs than by rolling them down hills at enemies?
▼ There’s an impressive list of new items along with many familiar favorites.
▼ I don’t know about you, but that was plenty to
get me excited enough to download and try it out!
To be fair, the game is currently only officially a demo, but there’s quite a lot packed in. I only tested it out for about half an hour before writing this, but after discovering secrets, exploring unmapped territory, and dying approximately a billion times, it really felt like I was playing a near-perfect hybrid between the oldest and newest Zelda games.
Of course, the game has its flaws. No background music is a little strange (though I just played my own Zelda tunes to compensate), and not being able to change the controls to your liking was a little annoying. The lack of a save feature also makes dying quite brutal, though all of these issues are things that the developer says will be fixed in upcoming releases.
If you want to give Breath of the NES a try for yourself, then head over to the developer’s website to download it… while you still can! It’s only a matter of time before Nintendo gets wind of this, shuts it down, and it goes the way of Pokémon Uranium and Super Mario 64 Last Impact.