Nintendo has been presenting the world a body of releases that only show one thing: Nintendo never left and is here to stay. First, the launch of the Nintendo Classic Edition (or NES mini), later the release of the expected Super Mario Run for iOS/Android, and finally the premiere of “Zelda: Breath of the Wild”, which comes in the line of the new Nintendo Switch, which is a “game changer” for many in the video game industry.
“The Legend of Zelda” is, without a doubt, one of the most successful franchises ever to be made. With this said, it is no surprise that Nintendo wanted to release the latest title of their famous franchise along with the launching of the Nintendo Switch, which is more than just a peculiar video game console.
The Nintendo Switch is a home console that can transform itself into a portable gaming device. The NS can be attached to a television in a living room, and can also be carried like a tablet because of its LCD touchscreen. It’s quite an innovational system brought by Nintendo, a company that registered several quarters of financial losses due to the competition with other companies like Sony and Microsoft and the trend of mobile gaming in smartphones.
Zelda’s 19th title: One of the best-reviewed games ever
Just two days after the global release of the game, “Breath in the Wild” has become quite a sensation for gamers across the world. Right now, when surfing the web, it is hard to encounter a rating of the game that is not perfect or close to perfection.
In the video game rating web page OpenCritic, the game registers an aggregate of 98 points, which translates into this Zelda title being the best-rated game on a page that has 6 years online (it tops games like GTA V (96), Flower (95) and The Last of Us Remastered (95)).
In Metacritic, a site that is pretty famous for ranking almost every movie, television series, music album or video game ever made, “Zelda: Breath of the Wild” presents itself with an impressive scoring of 98. There’s only one game in history that reached the 99 points: “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” a game released in 1998 exclusively for the Nintendo 64.
However, “Ocarina of Time” only registers 22 reviews that add up the 99 score, while “Breath of the Wild” presents over 63 reviews. Also with 98 points, there are iconic games like GTA IV (PS3/360), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PlayStation) and SoulCalibur (Dreamcast). Interestingly, only the Rockstar game GTA IV has a similar number of reviews than “Breath of the Wild,” which gives a lot to talk about the impressive feat of the newest Nintendo title.
Paul Tussi, a specialized video game reviewer, explains that as days pass by, the ratings of the game could be affected.
“Breath of the Wild has not scored below a 9/10…anywhere, as of yet. That may change as the game is officially released and smaller outlets get copies when they didn’t get advance units, but it’s unclear who else will be factored into these totals,” he wrote in Forbes.com.