Those gliding to Tingle Island in Breath of the Wild would have been disappointed to find nothing there except for a shrine. Those islands were all that remained of Tingle’s legacy in the game… until now. Nintendo have detailed Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 1’s contents, and it’s pretty lacking except for the green boy himself.
So, okay, it’s not really Tingle. Just a fabulous costume for Link. Essentially this is Link’s Tingle cosplay, as the #1 fan of Tingle.
Basically the same thing. But, here’s a full breakdown of what will be in the first of the two DLC packs for Breath of the Wild. These are only available as a £17.99 bundle of both. It’s coming in summer, and it’s called The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — The Master Trials.
– Trial of the Sword (previously called the Cave of Trials) — This is basically a series of 45 combat rooms, where you start with no equipment. Think Wind Waker‘s Savage Labyrinth. Beating this will allow you to have the master sword in its “glowing” state even when not at max health.
– Hard Mode — “In Hard Mode, the “ranks” of enemies in the game are increased (i.e. Red Bokoblins change to Blue), and you may even encounter higher-ranking enemies you won’t find through normal play. Enemies will also slowly recover health in battle, forcing you to defeat them more quickly, and will more easily spot Link as he approaches them, making them tougher to sneak up on. In addition, floating planks held aloft by balloons will be scattered around Hyrule. By successfully reaching these planks, players can battle enemies and collect treasure.”
– Hero’s Path — This is a pretty cool feature that will allow you to track everywhere you’ve been in the last 200 hours on the map. You can adjust the “time” with a slider too. Oh, and it’s retroactive, so you can already see where you went!
– Korok Mask — This is a mask that will shake when a korok is nearby to help you find all 900 of those bad boys
– Travel Medallion — This is an item that let’s you create your own fast travel point wherever you want, but only one at a time.
– New Equipment — Bizarrely the best thing in this quite expensive DLC. These 8 pieces of equipment give you cool looks that reference older games. These are Majora’s Mask, Midna’s Helmet, Phantom Knight equipment from Phantom Hourglass, and the Tingle set.
So, yeah. This Master Trials pack can be valued at about £9, but you do have to keep in mind you’re locked into buying it as a Season Pass bundle for twice that. The second set of DLC will be coming in winter, and its contents have yet to be announced. Master Trials has some nice-ish things, but its best offerings are basically skins and costumes that reference old games, and that’s a steep price just for those. Considering Dark Link is already in Breath of the Wild as something you can just unlock through play it’s a bit annoying.
Previous Zelda games have also featured trial mini-dungeons and hard modes right out of the gate. From the sounds of it, these don’t seem to be providing that much special or unique that what you would usually expect to be standard anyway. I guess it’s kind of cool you start the Trial of Sword without equipment. The reward of giving the master sword its powered charge even when not at max health is kind of cool and useful, but if they wanted to let you do that they kind of should have before anyway…?
There Hero’s Path, Korok Mask, and Travel Medallion all seem like nice and useful features, but it just seems a little weird that these are DLC additions. To be honest, one of the nice things about the Koroks were that they were hard to find, but the world was so rich in them that you didn’t really have to find them all to max out your upgrades. Selling an item to help you find them isn’t all that far off selling a DLC treasure map like you’d find in Assassin’s Creed, isn’t it? Hero’s Path is super cool, but, as a paid feature I’m not so sure…
Whether it’s worth it or not will ultimately be your decision. But considering you need to commit to the full season pass to get any of this stuff, it’s not necessarily the most encouraging pack to start with. It’s certainly seems like a shame you can’t just buy the equipment more cheaply.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — The Master Trials launches this summer on both Wii U and Switch as part of the game’s £17.99 Season Pass.