The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is probably one of Nintendo’s most popular titles in a long time. It’s especially popular among modders, who have found great joy in adding new and interesting content into the game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mods run a massive breadth of size and tone. There are mods that range in scale from expansive total conversion mods that restore Hyrule to what it was before the calamity, to silly replacement mods that do things like turn Link into a goose or the Master Cycle Zero into a Toyota.
One recent mod, Second Wind, is impressive in the number and scope of changes it makes to vanilla The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The mod adds tons of new content, including new quests, areas, weapons, NPCs, and enemies. It also adds crafting, revamped shrines, and quality of life changes as well. Although none of the areas seem quite as extensive as the playable Skywind Temple added by another modder, but are impressive nonetheless.
The new shop system alone apparently took the developers months to get working correctly. The player will now be able to buy cooked food items in a shop, as well as special order it with specific ingredients for specific effects. They even added a witch NPC who has to be encountered by being shot down in the form of a bird before they’ll sell potions to the player.
It’s always impressive to see the kinds of things modders can do with games like Breath of the Wild. Mods are able to add countless hours of replayability and new content to the games they develop for. With over 50 contributors to this mod, it’s hard to imagine how much care and effort when into making it. Like the mod that renovated Hyrule Castle back to its pre-Calamity version, this must have taken countless hours on the part of the developers; and it really shows in the quality of the final project.
What’s really sad about this though is that, despite all the love these fans have shown the game, it’s unlikely that Nintendo will reciprocate it. Nintendo is an infamously litigious company, and will often take down fan works that it feels is infringing on its copyrights; especially ones that involve people modding and hacking their consoles. So there’s no telling how long this mod will be available for download before it’s hit with a DMCA notice.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Second Wind mod is currently available for modded Nintendo Switches.