Breath of the Wild Zelda Mod

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda franchise is famous for its trio of characters that are routinely reincarnated in every installment — Ganon, Link, and Zelda. Princess Zelda has been the titular character for nearly every installment of the franchise, being present in at least name if not in person. This post is about a special Breath of the Wild mod that has been created by talented coders that place Zelda as the main hero of the story rather than a passive role.

 

While Link is the hero of the series, Princess (or Queen, depending on the game) Zelda is arguably the most important character. She is the driving force behind both Link’s and Ganon’s actions, with her power being Link’s strength and Ganon’s weakness simultaneously. Zelda plays a more passive role in some games while other games portray her as more active, such as Ocarina of Time when she dons her Sheik disguise or Skyward Sword as she goes on her own journey to discover the power of the goddess blood running through her veins.

With Breath of the Wild, Zelda is sealed away with Calamity Ganon, using the last of her powers to keep him contained until Link can appear to slay him. A couple of modders — WilianZilv and Skriller, and later Ainz — got the idea to mod the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild in order to be able to play as Zelda in Link’s usual role. The team has since grown to be more than 20 people, a team that was dedicated to enhancing the mod — giving Zelda appropriate dialogue, music changes, new outfits — rather than just allowing players to switch character models. The mod, and all of its enhancements, were made with a Wii U copy of the game, and the modders have a discord channel to discuss updates and future features of the mod.

Various videos on YouTube have shown this mod in action. Seeing this mod begs the question: would you play a Legend of Zelda game as the titular character herself? Link is a huge part of the franchise, but I think it would be interesting to play as Princess Zelda — or Sheik or Tetra or another of her aliases — and fully explore her potential with her magic abilities. She was always a favorite when she showed up in the Super Smash Bros. franchise!

Are you interested in trying this mod? What do you think of a Zelda-lead game?

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SM64O Take Down

Double Jump Kris MiiVideo games bring some of the best art out of the woodwork, be they fanfictions, fan art, music covers and renditions, or mods for the games themselves. Kaze Emanuar is a talented modder, being brilliant with programming new challenges and twists into video games, most notably for Nintendo’s Super Mario games. Nintendo, however, doesn’t seem to appreciate the mods as much as the fans do…

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Not too long ago, Rachel and I mentioned how there was a new mod going around for the emulated version of Super Mario 64. This particular mod gave friends the ability to set up servers to play Super Mario 64 online together in a multiplayer mode. Predictably, Nintendo heard about the mod and got the YouTube videos regarding it shut down on the grounds of copyright. Rachel and I were able to snag the download (and follow the instructional video) before they were taken down.

You can still get the mod by the Super Mario 64 Online site and forum, of course, but beware if you try to upload any videos on it.

While it was only a matter of time as to when Nintendo would strike a copyright issue regarding the mod, we were really surprised when we heard that not only were the modder’s videos on YouTube taken down, but also his Patreon. Considering that we personally haven’t been on his Patreon, we can’t say for certain that the SM64O links were also available there or what sort of art the modder offered to those that pledged to his Patreon.

Rachel and I know plenty of creators whose Patreons are their source of income as they share their gifts with those who appreciate the art enough to pledge to the creators. We were a bit shocked to find out that the modder’s Patreon was shut down — either temporarily or permanently, we’re unsure — due to this situation.

It’s a bit of a strange situation. On one hand, we all knew that Nintendo would want to strike down the mod, as they are wont to do in these sorts of situations. On the other, however, one could argue that mods generate more interest in the video game, which could be good publicity for the developer. It’s understandable that Nintendo doesn’t wish for any modders to make money off of their video games, such as rewards on Patreon, but I have heard that the modder’s Patreon had nothing to do with SM64O. Why would the modder offer it on his Patreon if it was free for all on YouTube and the created forum for it?

What do you all think? Did Nintendo go a little too far in targeting the modder’s Patreon, or is the game company merely defending what is rightfully theirs?

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