The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Last updated date: May 14, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6

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We looked at the top 1 Nintendo Switch Games and dug through the reviews from 15 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Comparaboo, Metacritic, GameSpot, Trusted Reviews, Stuff, Games Radar, Game Rant, Digital Trends, Den of Geek, Tom's Guide, PC Mag, Slash Gear, Nintendo Life, US Gamer and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Nintendo Switch Game you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 147 expert reviews, the Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
3,012 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The huge open world provides players with endless hours of play and exploration. The graphics are gorgeous and the world is intricately designed so it never ceases to be interesting.
- BestReviews
Beautifully realised and huge open world.
- Trusted Reviews
April 7, 2017 | Full review
The hyrule is magnificent and has gorgeous graphics.
- Stuff
July 7, 2017 | Full review
Climbing and gliding makes navigation a treat.
- Games Radar
March 2, 2017 | Full review
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just for longstanding Zelda fans, it’s the pinnacle of an open-world experience that will appeal to anyone looking for a great game.
- Game Rant
Pushes you to think in new ways.
- Digital Trends
Breath Of The Wild feels at once natural and beautifully crafted. Everything, from the mist descending on ice-cold mountains to the ancient, abandoned machinery, down to the foxes that roam the lonely hillsides, seem full of energy and life. For this writer, Breath Of The Wild is one of the very finest Zelda games ever made.
- Den of Geek
March 2, 2017 | Full review
Gorgeous visuals Most creative and fluid combat in any Zelda game ever.
- Tom's Guide
Tons of clever puzzles. Wide variety of things to see and do.
- PC Mag
Offers challenges that are very rewarding once overcome.
- Slash Gear
March 26, 2017 | Full review
Part of the joy of Breath of the Wild is the ability to do as you please, assuming you're well prepared and equipped. Every step of the way you'll be gathering food, items and valuable ores as resources, and you'll be selling and buying goods to enable further exploration.
- Nintendo Life
March 2, 2017 | Full review
The music is soft and subtle, mostly light piano. When it needs to kick things up a notch, the music can get rather epic. Great soundtrack.
- US Gamer
What experts didn't like
Princess Zelda's voice isn't the best.
- BestReviews
Minor performance dips.
- Trusted Reviews
April 7, 2017 | Full review
Controls are awkward at first,tough to master.
- Stuff
July 7, 2017 | Full review
Seeing your favourite weapon shatter into a billion tiny pieces.
- Games Radar
March 2, 2017 | Full review
Each major character comes to life through this undertaking, and it’s a standout feature for a series that’s traditionally been filled with yells and grunts – albeit reserved exclusively for cutscenes. Admittedly, this is a little disappointing, given that there are additional side characters that would have benefited immensely from the added personality that voice actors provide.
- Game Rant
Very hard and it's confusing at times.
- Digital Trends
Controls have a bit of a learning curve.
- Tom's Guide
Strange desaturation filter makes the game appear hazy.
- PC Mag
Frame rate doesn't always stay stable.
- Slash Gear
March 26, 2017 | Full review
Occasionally there's very brief stutter that's likely related to the game streaming assets.
- Nintendo Life
March 2, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on the Nintendo Switch console, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like.Discover a world as never before seen: by making your own path, choices, and consequences. Ingenuity is the key to survival: find multiple solutions to tons of dynamic puzzles. Surprises hide around every corner: scavenge weapons, armor, plants, animals, and more. Live off the land: find weapons and armor, cook food, and brew elixirs. Utilize special technology: the in-game Sheikah Slate controls objects and enemies in fun ways. Gear up: many weapons and armor have unique stats, resistances, effects, and durability. Shrines offer hundreds of clever challenges even veterans won’t see coming. Compatible amiibo include the Wolf Link amiibo figure, figures from the Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary amiibo series, and figures from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo series. Each one will offer Link in-game items that may just come in handy.

Overall Product Rankings

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 15
2. Super Mario Odyssey
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 26
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 14
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
5. Minecraft
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 14
8. Splatoon 2
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
9. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 10
10. LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 16

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