When we heard that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would have an expansive open world, we certainly didn’t expect this. The games map is said to be huge. When we say huge, we mean roughly 8 times bigger than Skyrim. Yes, 8 times bigger.

This game will reportedly be on par with Xenoblade: Chronicles, which we all know was massive. To have this size of a map, with the character and charm of a Zelda game, should be nothing short of epic.

Not only did we find out that the game world itself will take ages to traverse, so too, will the quests and various missions to complete. Nintendo’s official guide has shown up on Amazon, only briefly, showing off the number of side quests and various other game details.

Link, gazing upon the vast open world

Warning: spoilers surrounding number of puzzles and mini-dungeons below.

It features:

  • 120 Shrine mini-dungeons
  • 900 Korok seed puzzles
  • 76 side quests

Yes, you read those numbers right. Add that to further “optional challenges, mini-games, unlockables, Easter eggs, and more“. This game will consume a considerable amount of hours of my life.

We spotted the Koroks in last year’s E3 demo. These are the little tree people that asked Link to help regrow their forest in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. We have yet to find out how these little guys will tie into the story.

Korok, soaring through the sky in Breath of the Wild

Nintendo has yet to confirm how many main dungeons the game will have, but if the above information is anything to go by, we imagine there will be quite a few. The game’s side-quest system was shown this month in the game’s Treehouse Live stream, showing Link trying to locate a rare horse. We’re expecting a few fetch-quests like this one.

This news has made us even more excited for Link’s next adventure, and for the release of the Nintendo Switch. I know that I’ll certainly be clearing my schedule for a week or six when it drops, and I’m sure that I won’t even have scratched the surface!


The beautiful scenery and terrain of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, feast your eyes


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