Nintendo recently shared some new screenshots of next year’s gorgeous Legend of Zelda game Breath of the Wild, not so subtly comparing the locations in the images to those in the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System’s original Hyrule adventure.
The glimpses come by way of the games’ Japanese versions. Of course, there’s the old man in his cave who gives Link his sword (“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.”) But now he gives the hero torches and baked apples. No one is going to hand you a weapon in Breath of the Wild; you’ll have to arm yourself by scavenging what you can find — or disarming enemies.
There’s also the double-boulder landmark of Spectacle Rock, waterways to traverse using rafts (now with sails), a skull-inspired fortress … and Nintendo hints at more connections between The Legend of Zelda and its 30th anniversary follow-up.
Deja vu, nostalgia — call it what you will, but it’s certain to fuel speculation of the new game’s place in Link’s famously convoluted timeline. It does seem as if these will be the same locations, if the name of Nintendo’s article — “Hyrule: Then and Now” — is any indication.