With its new gameplay mechanics and a massive world to frolic in, Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of the most talked-about games at E3 2016. Nintendo touts it’s the biggest Legend of Zelda game ever, but how big is it really?
Curious YouTuber Arekkz Gaming did a bit of rough calculation during a visit to Nintendo’s UK office, discovering that the piece of the map exhibited at E3 — representing only 2% percent of the game’s entire map — takes 3 minutes and 40 seconds to walk across.
The slim-piece map makes up a 2×2 block of a 22×18 grid over the greyed-out map that was viewable in the demo. If you were able to trek straight across without any obstructions, which is unlikely considering all the environmental obstacles, it should take around 40 minutes to walk across the game world from north to south and about 33 minutes from east to west.
His calculations don’t take into account any possible shadow realms or the like…
Nintendo says The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is 12 times the size of Twilight Princess’ world, which took approximately 12 minutes to cross. The company likely took dungeons and other internal geometry into consideration with calculating that figure.
For some more perspective, it takes about two hours to walk across GTA 5, Skyrim and The Witcher 3, three games that were designed with vehicles and mounts in mind.
While seemingly not as massive as those titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will no doubt offer the largest open area the series has ever seen. Are you content with its size, or has Nintendo done enough?
Head to the comments section and share your thoughts…
Classic NES Games Zelda 2, Blaster Master Come To Switch Online
Nintendo has added two additional NES games to Switch Online.
Switch Online subscribers can now download and play Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master, two classics that will surely make some old school gamers feel nostalgic. They join previous NES releases Super Mario Bros. 3, Ninja Gaiden, Excitebike, and many others.
In Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, our hero Link returns to Hyrule to search for the Triforce and to awaken Zelda from an endless sleep. You embark on a quest to find the Triforce of Courage and save Hyrule from ruin, learning magic spells, talking to people in towns to get clues, collecting items to increase your power and exploring six palaces invested with
Originally released in 1988, Blaster Master is a run and gun platformer that has you blast through an endless maze of tunnels, seeking secret passages for an escape. You’re tasked with destroying the Plutonium Boss and his mutant cronies before these they destroy the earth.
You can try out Nintendo’s Switch Online seven days free. If you decide to stick with it after the trial period, you’ll have the choice of three pricing tiers for membership: $3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 per year.
Switch Was The Best-Selling console in 2018, Nintendo Had The Highest Game Revenue
The year 2018 came to a close on a decent note, but Nintendo stood out as the clear overall winner.
According to market research company NPD, consumers spent $3.4 billion on games, hardware, accessories, and game cards in December 2018. Although that represented a decline in software and hardware spending, continued strong sales of game cards and accessories helped lift the overall industry by 2%.
2018 overall was a banner year for video games. Sales amounted to $16.7 billion, an increase of 13% compared 2017 and the highest ever since 2011’s $17.4 billion.
The Nintendo Switch was the winner in December, having generated the highest dollar sales during the month. In fact, the console’s revenues was the highest for any single platform since the Wii back in December 2009. In unit sales, December 2018 was its highest December haul since 2010.
Thanks to the strong December, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in all of 2018, both in unit and dollar sales. It recorded the highest total since the PS4 in 2015.
It was a great year for video game hardware in general. Sales increased by 8% to $5.1 billion and all consoles contributed, including the mini consoles from Nintendo and Sony.
Combining all platforms, hardware and unit sales were the highest since 2009.
Video game software generated $7.1 billion in 2018 across all systems, a 7% year-over-year increase. The NPD notes that this is the highest annual haul since the $7.5 billion generated in 2012.
The best-selling game was Red Dead Redemption 2, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and NBA 2K19 following behind at number two and three, respectively.
It was Nintendo, however, that generated the most money from software sales, something it hadn’t done since 2009. As the best-selling game during December and the fifth overall in 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played a big part in that success.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was so successful, in fact, that it set a new release month dollar sales record for an exclusive game, a title previously held by 2010’s Halo: Reach.
Mario Kart 8 also sold well for Nintendo, becoming the second best-selling racing game ever, just behind Mario Kart Wii.
The critically-acclaimed Spider-Man ended the year at number six, the highest ranking for a superhero game since Spider-Man: The Movie 2 took the fifth spot in 2004.
Top 10 best-selling games across all platforms in 2018:
- Red Dead Redemption
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- NBA 2K19
- Madden NFL 19
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Far Cry 5
- God of War
- Monster Hunter: World
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
What were you fondest gaming memories of 2018? What was your game of he year? Let us know in the comments below.
Fortnite Was The Most-Played Nintendo Switch Game Of 2018
Fortnite is dominant on every platform its own.
Nintendo has revealed that Fortnite was the most-played Switch games of 2018.
The free-to-play title from Epic Games topped a list of the 21 most-played titles, with Nintendo’s own IPs rounding out the remainder of the top five.
This is especially impressive considering Fortnite launched six months into the year. By October, almost half of Switch users worldwide had it installed.
Here’s the full list of most-played Switch games for 2018. Are you surprised by the results?
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Splatoon 2
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- FIFA 19
- Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
- Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- Rocket League
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
- Pokemon Quest
- Stardew Valley
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Octopath Traveler
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Super Mario Party
- Mario Tennis Aces
This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?
It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.
Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.
Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.
Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.
Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…
Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.
Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.
With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.
The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.
A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.
Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Was The Best-Selling Video Game On Amazon In 2018
A late release didn’t stop Nintendo’s platform fighting game from reaching the top.
Despite releasing on December 7, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate was number one on Amazon’s list of 100 best-selling video game items in 2018.
The simple list charts the most popular video games and game-related products sold on Amazon in the US, including traditional games, though it’s rare to see those at the top spot.
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In fact, Nintendo dominated the top ten, with the basic Switch bundle claiming the sixth spot, and the Switch Pro Controller coming in at eighth.
At number four, Amfilm’s Nintendo Switch Tempered Glass Screen Protector proved more popular than all other games sold on Amazon in 2018, save of course for Smash.
Keep in mind that Amazon’s list only takes into account single SKUs, so the total number of copies sold for multi-platform games like Red Dead Redemption 2 or Black Ops 4 may be higher overall than Smash.
Speaking of platforms, the digital gift cards for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live also fared well, but it’s only once you step out of the top 10 do you see 2018’s other blockbuster releases like the PS4’s Red Dead Redemption 2 (# 14), Spider-Man (# 19), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (# 27), and God of War (# 28).
You can marvel at the full list on Amazon.