At this point, it’s hard to remember a time when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was not in the works. This game has been churning in the background since before the Wii U came out, meaning its development spanned an entire Nintendo console generation.
Not only will Breath of the Wild be Nintendo’s final game for Wii U, but it’s also positioned as the standout launch title for the Nintendo Switch. With both versions set to launch on March 3, let’s look at the winding road Breath of the Wild traveled to get here.
Believe it or not, Nintendo first dropped hints about about an HD Zelda game way back at E3 2011 — before Skyward Sword even came out. The hint was a CGI demo that showed Link squaring off against the giant spider Gohma. The demo bears little resemblance to the Breath of the Wild we know today, but it proved Nintendo had plans to bring the franchise into the modern HD world.