The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be arriving in the UK on March 3rd 2017. Nintendo confirmed the game’s release date in its worldwide Switch Presentation event this morning, cementing its place as one of the shining stars of the Switch launch line-up.
It will also join 1-2 Switch on launch day, a multiplayer party game that’s been designed to show off the capabilities of the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers.
Nintendo revealed the game’s release date right at the end of its hour-long presentation, cycling through Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto and Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma as they all asked each other when the game was finally coming out. It was then left up to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima to make the announcement in his closing speech.
Zelda’s release date has been a hot point of contention in recent weeks. Initial reports pegged it for June, a few months after the Switch launch, but more recent rumblings suggested it might be March. There were also concerns, however, that the European version of the game may get delayed over its American and Japanese counterparts due to the lengthy localisation involved. Happily, the game will be launching in all regions on March 3rd.
To finish the presentation off in style, Nintendo released a new trailer for the game, which you can view in full below. It reveals more details about the game’s story and shows what looks to be Princess Zelda, Gorons, Rito and a whole host of other characters. It also looks as though the King of Hyrule will once again be imploring Link to save his daughter, although his face wasn’t shown during the trailer.