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I Played The New Zelda Game And It Changed My Whole Life

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Hello! I'm Ahmed, and I have been playing Nintendo games since before I could read and write.

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Naturally, I was very excited to demo the upcoming Legend of Zelda game Breath of the Wild at the Nintendo World Store in NYC.

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I even wore my only green piece of clothing to commemorate my journey.

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I was given about half an hour with the game, guided by a Nintendo representative.

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The store had five demo stations, but I got to play on the big screen, all praises be to the three Goddesses.

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Most of the demo is set in a sprawling open field. It seemed huge, but apparently what I played was only 2% of the final map.

And I barely felt like I explored it at all.
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And I barely felt like I explored it at all.

Even from a few minutes with the demo, the game has very noticeable customization options when compared with usual Zelda games. I kept taking off Link's pants just 'cause I could.

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It's a beautiful game. And I'm not just talking about dressing Link up in his birthday suit.

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The gameplay has been fine-tuned as well. At one point, I jumped off a cliff and did a Neo-in-the-Matrix with a slo-mo shot.

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Also of note, Link uses a cell phone? At least that's what it looks like.

I guess it's a Sheikah Slate. Excuse my lean. That's how you know I'm hyped up.
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I guess it's a Sheikah Slate. Excuse my lean. That's how you know I'm hyped up.

Some incredible things I did that I didn't have a chance to take photos of:

-I jumped on my shield and surfed down a cliff.

-I used a magnet rune to move around metal blocks and solve puzzles.

-I beat up Moblin-type things with a two-handed axe, a tree branch, and a sword.

-I fast-travelled to a bunch of towers.

-I made sure Link never wore pants.

Before I knew it, the demo was over.

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I had such a good time.

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Afterward, I spent an hour or so at the Nintendo New York store, which is one of a kind.

Shout-outs to this Kirby stand.
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Shout-outs to this Kirby stand.

I spent like 5 minutes staring at these very weird Star Fox puppets (???).

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Half of the store is like a museum, with a colorful display of basically every Nintendo console that has ever existed...

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...including a bunch of limited-edition Game Boy and 3DS handhelds.

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~goals~

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They had some other cool historical artifacts, like this Game Boy that ACTUALLY SURVIVED A BOMB.

It still works, apparently.
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It still works, apparently.

Over on the merch side of things, there weren't quite 150 types of Pokémon plushes, but it was close.

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The Legend of Zelda reps hard as well.

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I have a huge head, so these just barely fit me.

Ahmed Ali Akbar
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In the end, I ended up buying some truly unnecessary socks.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled to release in 2017 on the Wii U and the upcoming NX console.

You can visit the Nintendo World Store at 10 Rockefeller Plaza. Be sure to follow BuzzFeed on Snapchat for more stories like this.
Ahmed Ali Akbar

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