The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Showcases Link's Cooking Skills

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If you are ever going to learn to survive in the wilderness, surely having an appetite for raw food is an essential trade, although knowing how to cook a mean meal outdoors with the bare necessities is also crucial. Catch Link whipping up a meal in the middle of nowhere in the latest trailer.
Link whips up a storm in the wilderness in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild YouTube screengrab

The Legend of Zelda franchise has always captured the imagination of the masses, regardless of which platform it appeared on throughout Nintendo’s history. The main tool in the gaming franchise would be the use of your imagination, and in recent times, it has gotten more and more open ended. So much so that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks set to be another winner, and Nintendo has just revealed a trailer of Link whipping something up in the wilderness with various ingredients that he has collected along the way.

In other words, you will be able to showcase your culinary skills in the digital world, except that this is no Cooking Mama. The different ingredients will yield different results in the pot, although for convenience’s sake, we would be looking at a similar cooking time for all recipes.

There will be more than 100 Shrines of Trials dot the landscape in Breath of the Wild, and every single one of them are waiting for you to discover and explore them. The beauty of the game is this: there is no set route for you to go about your exploration task, as you can go at your own pace and order. Needless to say, a mainstay of Zelda titles such as traps and puzzles will be in abundance, and overcoming them will reward you with special items as well as other rewards that could prove to be of great help in future adventures. Not all puzzles within are standalone ones, since many of them will be an answer to different puzzles elsewhere. Nintendo basically wants you to have a great time discovering and exploring the Shrines of Trials.

In the teaser video, Link with some fire made a meal of hearty steamed mushrooms. Gulping it down would provide Link with a temporary maximum heart. A different dish that Link has cobbled together on his adventures would be spicy sauteed peppers. Drinking this helps him to raise his body temperature temporarily, which would be handy whenever he heads to colder areas. Why not carry a bottle of whiskey with him instead? If Link does have some rather unusual ingredients, then he ends up with what is called "dubious food," being described in-game as "too gross to even look at. A bizarre smell issues forth from this heap. Eating it won't hurt you though ... probably." I think you get the general idea of in-game cooking by now.

Just when will The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild arrive? It is tipped for a simultaneous roll out for both the Wii U console as well as Nintendo’s next generation system that has been given the codename NX. The game’s release will no doubt be some time in 2017 if all goes well, and in order to fatten Nintendo’s purses further, the game will be compatible with the separately sold amiibo. Some of the new announced amiibo figures which are specific to the game include Link with a bow (“Archer”), Link on horseback (“Rider”), and a “Guardian” -- with the Guardian being the first amiibo with flexible parts.

You will also be able to use the current Wolf Link amiibo with the game, which will feature three hearts. Unless data from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is carried over, Wolf Link will disappear like a dream when he runs out of hearts.

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