The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii-U/Switch, 2017)

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Is a game released on 2017 still retrogaming? It is if you played on a Wii-U, the abandoned last-generation console of Nintendo. Yes, it was also released on a Nintendo Switch, as exactly the same game with a very small bump in resolution (from 720p to 900p). Originally it was planned as a Wii-U exclusive, but it took Nintendo a few extra years to get it right. And they did.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took everything we loved about 2D-Zeldas (top down) without the graphical awkwardness of the early 3D Zelda days (hello, Nintendo64!). It’s one of the best games ever made, where you can spend easily 100+ hours to finish it (and 200-300 to complete it) and feel sad when you do. You’ll never get back that feeling of fragility and discovery you felt as when you started the game. This new world is your oyster as you systematically discover how to survive and thrive. And yes, fulfil the quests and master the shrines (dungeon-like temple where you need to solve a puzzle). Some of them are trivial, some of them complex or far-fetched, most of them fun.

The 2 DLCs, The Master Trials and The Champions’ Ballad don’t add much to the story, but they bring quality of life improvements and also gameplay modes, items, and extra trials and shrines. If you play the game today, it’s worth it to get these expansions as well.

Have a look at “How to play retrogames?” if you don’t know how to play retrogames.