How Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Reinvigorated my Nintendo Love

I have been a Nintendo stan since I was in diapers. I watched my grandpa play Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007, Donkey Kong, everything which is one reason I now like watching YouTube gaming playthroughs. When I got old enough I would play Mario Paint and eventually I moved to the computer. Nintendo, however, has always kept a special place in my heart and I have owned every system they have released since the N64. I even failed out of my 2nd semester of college because of Twilight Princess.

My Jungle Green N64 and GameBoy Micro (they only sold for a hot minute)

Of course Smash Bros was something I still played and sometimes Mario Kart, but now that I’m an adult and I have found my true video game passion, RPGs, I found Nintendo games lacking for want of a better term. This all changed, however, with Breath of the Wild (BOTW). I haven’t played a Zelda game in 10 years, but I knew I was in for a treat the first time I got distracted.

Let me backtrack to say I love RPGs because I like playing as myself, but I also love just dicking around. Maybe I’ll follow up on the lead I just heard or I’ll go mine this planet for resources. Who knows, but as long as I can put the main quest off until I have nothing left to do, I’m solid. I mean I’ve been playing Fallout 4 since the day it came out and I still haven’t been to the Institute.

That little tangent brings me to what I love about BOTW. I end up playing hours at a time without realizing it, my only sign is the parental controls timer yelling at me that my 2 hours is up. And when I look back at what I’ve accomplished in that time frame? It’s safe to say that my ingredients bag is full and I’m on the opposite side of the map I had planned on being at.

Besides the running around aimlessly for hours, I love jumping off of stuff. It’s my favorite feature of Assassin’s Creed games along with climbing up shit for no reason. My goal in BOTW is to climb every single mountain and glide off it. It doesn’t hurt that Korok’s are everywhere and that you find some cool loot hidden away in caves.

I can’t say enough good things about BOTW and I know that as soon as I’m finished, Imma start it over again. So if you haven’t gotten the chance, get a Switch and get Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I even provided easy links.