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What ‘Breath of the Wild 2’ Would Look Like on N64

The reveal of the sequel to Breath of the Wild was one of the biggest announcements of E3 2019, leaving fans excited about what the future holds for the Zelda franchise. One fan has expressed this excitement for the future by hearkening back to the past: they reimagined the sequel’s reveal trailer in the style of a Nintendo 64 game.

YouTube channel The Regressor recently “demade” Breath of the Wild 2 to look as if it were revealed twenty years ago at E3 1999. The recreated trailer takes the original’s stylized graphics and distills them into the rough polygonal visuals of your typical N64 game. For the sake of comparison, the official reveal footage can be viewed below to see just how much has changed.

“The quality is supposed to be ‘bad,'” the Regressor stated in the description of their video; “if it looks like a flaw or error, it was likely 100% intentional and either left in or put in on purpose.” When it came to the process of actually creating the video, all footage was built from scratch in Photoshop and Maya 2009. The Regressor further stated that “My goal was not to replicate Ocarina or Majora’s Mask visuals exactly or be 100% technically accurate to N64/DD [Disk Drive] capabilities or specifications; only ‘similar’ with artistic liberties.” Yet with all technicality aside, The Regressor affirmed that, in the end, “It was fun to make!”

The N64 holds a special place in the hearts of many, so this video is a wonderful union of old-school nostalgia and hype for a major upcoming release. It only makes the wait for Breath of the Wild 2 that much harder, especially since it is currently without a release date.

Campbell divides his time between editing Goomba Stomp’s indie games coverage and obsessing over dusty old English literature. Drawn to storytelling from a young age, there are few things he loves as much as interviewing indie developers and sharing their stories.