Speedruns, they’re an interesting part of video game culture nowadays. In fact, there are world records for players who do speedruns. Many classic Mario games have them, but when it comes to Zelda, it’s a little more complicated. Mainly because the games are often very long, and speed runs take hours, if not days (like complete 24 hour days) to finish. Yet, a certain Youtuber found out Breath Of The Wild is both perfect for a speedrun, and also impossible.
The Completionist, a gamer Youtuber who tries to complete games in less than a week, got to sit down with Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma, and Shigeru Miyamoto. According to his interview with them (video below), you can actually beat Breath Of The Wild in 15 minutes. But…there’s a catch…
By “beat”, I mean end credits. Which is what speedruns are all about, right? Right. But, for The Completionist, he found out from Aonuma himself just how big the game is, and how hard it’ll be to complete:
“It’s going to be impossible for you to 100 percent complete Breath of the Wild!”
That actually falls into line with what we’ve been hearing about the game. As it’s the biggest game in Zelda history, and is said to rival Skyrim in size, scope, and content. Which would make it very hard to complete in a week.
Aonuma also provided some interesting insight as to why the game took so long to make. Apparently, the size of the world, plus the amount of stuff they put into it, led to a LOT of game-testing:
“We’d go back and play the game over and over again to see what needed to be added, then repeated that process endlessly,” he noted in the video.
Well, it appears they’re ready to let it out…*puts on shades*…into the wild, because the game is set for release on Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3rd.