This bug gives Link a brand new look in Breath of the Wild
Gamers hoping for another realistic take on Zelda need wait no longer. With one simple trick, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be given a fresh new coat of grit.
Achieving the effect requires a jaunt over to Lake Hylia, the omnipresent body of water in the Zelda series. The Bridge of Hylia connects the land surrounding the lake’s northern and southern shores. It also features a bit of weathering and erosion, including large chunk broken out of the bridge’s tallest structure.
Link’s ability to climb a variety of surfaces in Breath of the Wild means that little vanity touches like this missing chunk of stone can actually be reached. And if you’re curious enough, you’ll eventually find yourself bereft of the cel-shading that colors much of the game.
The result is a whole new look for Link. Stripped of his cartoon layer, the character looks more like a creepy doll than the gritty and realistic Link we last saw in Twilight Princess. He does have some pretty stacked abs, though. All that climbing will do that for you.
The effect works the way it does because Breath of the Wild achieves much of its look through a post-processing effect, adding an additional layer to give the game it’s cel-shaded look. But the layer isn’t universally applied, leaving some objects and structures in the world looking more cartoony or realistic than others.
The Bridge of Hylia lacks the cel-shading given to Link. And as the game counts the missing chunk in the bridge’s structure as still being a part of the bridge, Link has the same effect applied to him when he enters.
The discovery brings to mind a long-running debate among Zelda fans regarding the look of the games. For all of the praise it received from fans and critics alike, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker also stands as perhaps the series’ most divisive entry with its cartoonish world and heavy cel-shading. It’s a marked contrast to a game like Twilight Princess, which was also very well-received while presenting a much darker Hyrule, both in tone and appearance.
We would say that the best of the both worlds can now be achieved by interested players, it’s unlikely Twilight Princess fans will have their desire for another dark Zelda tale sated by an odd graphical glitch.