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Nintendo Announces “Expansion Pass” for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

by on February 14, 2017

Earlier this morning, Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma announced to us that Nintendo will be releasing an “expansion pass” for their next headliner, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Although Nintendo has dipped their feet into the world of DLC before, this is the first time they’ve done it for a Legend of Zelda game from the main series. We’ll link the video down below, but here’s a recap of what we now know.

The DLC pack will include 3 sets of bonus content. Here are the details:

Expansion Pass Bonus, March 3: 

  • 3 new treasure chests, found in the Great Plateau
    • Will contain “useful items” and exclusive in-game clothing (a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo)

DLC Pack 1, Summer 2017:

  • New Cave of Trials challenge
  • Hard mode
  • Additional map features

DLC Pack 2, Holiday 2017:

  • New original story
  • New dungeon
  • Additional challenges

There seem to be a lot of mixed feelings about this announcement, specifically with the timing. With the announcement coming a couple of weeks before the game’s release, many seem to feel like Nintendo is withholding some of the full game, and giving access only to those who are willing to pay. On the other hand, many players are excited that they will eventually have access to more story, an extra dungeon, and more challenges at a relatively small price (compared to DLC from other major games).

Opinions aside, the DLC will cost $19.99 and will be available for purchase when the game launches on March 3. It will be available for both the Switch and the WiiU, and the DLC for each console will be identical. Each DLC pack cannot be purchased separately.

What do you think? Will you be purchasing the DLC? Is this a terrible move from Nintendo? A great one? Let us know in the comments below!

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