Zelda: Breath of the NES is a new fan made Zelda adventure that combines the classic top down exploration of the classic Zelda games with Breath of the Wild’s crafting and environmental interaction.
The current build of Zelda: Breath of the NES features around 15 minutes of gameplay. It looks very much like a classic Zelda title, but the animations are a little smoother and the world is much more interactive, allowing you to light fires, cook food and even burn down entire forests.
It’s a very tough game, and it doesn’t really explain much about the some of the interactions (which is understandable considering how early it is in development), but once you get the hang of it it’s a very impressive outing for the little Elf. There’s a nice selection of weaponry and equipment to find and the opportunities afforded by the spreading of wildfire are a great touch.
Fire can be spread by using flint or by stabbing your sword into a fire then striking a tree or some grass while it’s still hot, burning enemies, cooking food (which increases its healing power) and burning away obstructions in its wake. The way the fire spreads can allow you to tackle enemies in different ways – there’s a particularly enjoyable section near the end where you can either take on a small army of enemies one by one or just set fire to the forest that they’re patrolling and watch them burn!
It’s still very early in development, but Zelda: Breath of the NES’s fun blend of retro visuals and modern gameplay elements show a lot of promise. A fun new twist on a classic, well worth checking out.
UPDATE: Unfortunately this game is no longer available as Nintendo have issued a DMCA Takedown on it. The dev is still continuing development though without the Zelda branding. You can follow the games development here.