The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Can Be Played Without The Wii U Gamepad

Could this be a hint about the NX not having a second screen controller?

Posted By | On 14th, Jun. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not mandate usage of the Wii U Gamepad, Nintendo announced at E3 today. The game can be played through even if you own some other Wii U controller- such as the Wii U Pro.

This is, of course, not something that should have been entirely unexpected- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD both supported the Wii U Gamepad, but also worked without it, allowing players to simply use the Wii U Pro controller instead. That said, they made some darn good use of the Gamepad, too- having a persistent map and inventory screen can be helpful in a game like Zelda, after all.

However, in this specific case, this inessential compatibility for the Wii U Gamepad on Breath of the Wild‘s part does raise a question- given that the game is also coming to the NX, could it be a hint that the NX doesn’t have a second screen controller integral to the package, unlike the Wii U? Because if not- then what exactly is the NX controller going to be? Is it too much to hope for a standard controller?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is slated for a 2017 launch on the Nintendo NX and Wii U.

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  • MrManguy

    No, I don’t think this is a sign the NX won’t have a screen controller. The screen wasn’t the problem with the Gamepad, it was everything else Nintendo bloated it with. Camera, Sensor Bar, TV control, external port, IR port, needlessly large size. None of these things added to gameplay, and could easily be cut from the controller. Second, Nintendo is definitely going to work in whatever gimmick the NX has into the NX version. What gimmick will that be? Not sure yet, but it’ll at least be better executed than the mess that was the Gamepad.


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