Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto recently explained the decisions to make weapons breakable and to hide Link's green tunic from the player in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, saying that the former makes players think more carefully about combat, and the latter encourages them to experiment with the game's equipment system.
This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.
Now that weapons are breakable, it would really be too bad if there weren't a triumphant moment of completing your inventory in Breath of the Wild, as there has been in past Zelda games. There are many solutions Nintendo could implement, though, from a kind of item glossary, to a light version of an achievement system, to hiding unbreakable versions of each weapon type behind tough challenges across the world.
The latter is an especially good solution, as there's no better reward for mastering a game so open than to explore the entire overworld with everything at your disposal. Alex adds that if this is the route they go, the special weapons can't be too easy to find, or they'll ruin the balance of the game's difficulty.
As for the green tunic, we're all pretty confident that everything in Link's classic getup, from his clothes to the Hylian Shield and Master Sword, will be the ultimate version of their respective type of equipment. There's no way Link's most iconic appearance won't make it into Breath of the Wild, and there's no better way to name this game's Link a Hero than to grant him the Hero's getup at his moment of truth.
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