Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is greatest launch title since original Halo

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“This will begin to make things right.”

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Nintendo broadcasted their Switch Presentation live from Japan this past Thursday night (11:00 PM EST) and it has gotten people talking about the launch lineup for the Nintendo Switch. So far, the games that have been confirmed to be available on March 3rd, are as follows:

  • 1-2-Switch
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I & II (Japan)
  • Disgaea 5 Complete (Japan)
  • I Am Setsuna (Japan)
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence (Japan)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (Japan)
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Super Bomberman R

Needless to say, some people have been very vocal about their discontent with how many titles will be present on day one, but if you were to compare it with other launch lineups, for example, N64 (3 games), Dreamcast (4 games), Gamecube (3 games), and PS3 (5 games), it is not unheard of for this to happen.

What the Nintendo Switch has that a lot of consoles before it lacked is a killer app to sell the system on day one. We are talking about Super Mario Bros. (NES) Super Mario World (SNES), Super Mario 64 (N64), or in this case, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch), the best launch title in over 15 years.

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I know what you will say. But Breath of the Wild is also releasing on the Wii U! The Nintendo Switch only has 5 games compared to twenty-four for the Playstation 4 or thirty-four on the Wii U!

Again, we are not talking about a launch lineup but instead, a single game present at launch which is guaranteed to move consoles and set the stage for games like ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 which will trickle in later on.

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Let’s go back to 2001. Microsoft was making its first foray into the videogame landscape. By then, the Playstation 2 had already sold more than 20 million consoles and Nintendo had announced the Gamecube, which would be releasing in the US just three days after the Xbox.

The Sega Dreamcast had struggled since it released in 1998 and would end up being just shy of 10 million consoles sold for its lifetime. Essentially, there was no space for a third console in a market where both Sony and Nintendo co-existed, or so everyone believed. Microsoft knew this and they poured millions of dollars into the console, marketing, and Halo, what they believed would be their flagship title, and one that would invite PC players to home consoles.

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Halo: Combat Evolved launch the same day as the original Xbox and it was an instant success. It was praised by most of the media outlets and to this day it holds a 97% Metacritic score. Not only did it help push console sales, but also solidified Microsoft and the Xbox brand as a viable option for videogame fans. Without this game, it is possible the Xbox would not have survived and Microsoft could have dropped out entirely from home console gaming.

Although Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will also be available on the Wii U, it has mostly been used as a vehicle to push the Switch brand. It is the first game shown on the Nintendo Switch trailer premiered in late October 2016 and the game that Jimmy Fallon was gushing over on the Tonight Show.

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For people that are not familiar with the Wii U or who never got one, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the quintessential Nintendo Switch game and enough of a reason to convince them in getting Nintendo’s hybrid system, almost guaranteeing a bigger adoption rate among those who are not exclusively Nintendo fans.

Link’s newest adventure will be doing for the Nintendo Switch what Halo did for Xbox, giving players a majestic experience that can only be played under the Nintendo brand. This will usher a new beginning for Nintendo who are providing a once in a generation gaming experience.

-Sergio-

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