Three gorgeous little Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild videos suggest playing with the music off might be the best way

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 9 February 2017 00:53 GMT

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks dreamy and sounds – well, it sounds amazing, even in its quietest moments.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will almost certainly have the sort of beautiful orchestral score we expect from the series, but now we’re suddenly wondering whether turning it off might be a good idea.

Bear with me here: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Japanese website has been updated with three little montages. If you click on one of these three videos in the sidebar on the right, it plays as the website background while the site’s looping music provides a soundtrack.

But if you open these videos via their file path instead, then you can experience Guard, Live and Run in a breathless hush, with only The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sound effects as soundtrack. (You can even download them, if you like.)

This provides a different look at the RPG. There’s an immediate feel to it, and it’s especially good at communicating what it might be like to enjoy the quiet, exploratory moments of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – the product of this new open world approach – as opposed to the action and drama you’ll get in the main story. I especially like the moment early in Guard where Link is practicing with his sword.

That said, you should definitely listen to the music on the site too; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a great theme.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases in early March alongside the Switch, though it’s also coming to Wii U. It’s the first new home console Zelda game since 2011’s Skyward Sword.

We’re expecting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to go big, as Zelda games always do, but if it wins the hearts of the Skyrim and Witcher crowds it could well be the Switch’s killer app. Nintendo no doubt hopes so.

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