A creative Zelda fan going by WinterDrake had recently put up a demo version of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s 2D prototype, enabling other fans to play it. Unsurprising, Nintendo had shut it down citing copyright infringement, but not before we downloaded the demo to try it out ourselves!
The demo itself is reminiscent to the original Legend of Zelda graphics-wise, but it keeps plenty of aspects of Breath of the Wild, such as the physics, the cooking, and the open world.
We started off in a little cave with only a shield and a sword, as well as a heart container that wasn’t accessible (yet), and a fireplace (which Kris promptly set herself ablaze with). Going outside of the cave immediately gave us the choice as to where to go next. East was a beach-like area while south had a cemetery teeming with ghosts. Northwest was a cave with skeleton monsters (which, despite her flailing, Rachel defeated very bravely) and, upon defeating “the boss,” gave us another weapon to grant more options of exploration and fighting.
Also like Breath of the Wild, there wasn’t much in the way of music — no memorial orchestra scores or little magical tunes via ocarina or harp. It was very quiet except for the battle sound effects and the satisfying sounds of Link’s footsteps in the grass. There wasn’t any warning sounds when we were down to our last heart.
Still, it was a great little demo and was a fun take on Breath of the Wild. We’re aiming on exploring more of it and probably putting up more fun screenshots on a few of our other social media sites.
Were you able to play the demo of Breath of the NES before it was taken down? Do you think you would have enjoyed it?