New Characters Named for Breath of the Wild

Over the weekend, the Japanese home page for the newest Zelda game was updated with character bios.  Curiously, the names were in English, even though the brief description of them was in nihongo (Japanese).  bg_chara3

The first is the Goron, possibly the leader, possibly just a prominent soldier.  He looks big and strong, which isn’t uncommon for his kind.  I bet he also curls up into a tight little ball and rolls around everywhere, too.

Anyway, I’d like you to meet Daruk.

Next up, we’ve got a tall drink of water of the tribe of Rito, as was previously confirmed in Famitsu.  However, if you remember the Rito from Wind Waker, you’ll remember a vastly different looking species. bg_chara4 In that game, the Rito appeared mostly humanoid, with beaks for noses, and wings on their arms, which allowed them to fly.  As was revealed within the context of that game, the Rito were the evolutionary descendants of the water-dwelling Zora people.  Not sure how that works out…maybe the way science says birds descended from dinosaurs?

The Rito appearing in this game, along with the Koroks (the little tree people), heavily suggests this game falls somewhere around Wind Waker.

Despite what people have been calling him, this guy’s name is not Falco (though he does bear a striking resemblance to the Star Fox character).  His name is Revali.  Not only does he look like a badass, but a suave, smooth operator at that.  It will be interesting to see how he fits into the story.

bg_chara5  Mipha, here, is a Zora.  Her presence is interesting the notable reason as outlined above.  Her species is the precursor to the Rito.  She shouldn’t be here.

But she looks killer.  That trident is a wicked weapon, and I hope she puts it to good use.

So many mysteries still surrounding this game that March 3rd can’t come fast enough.  If you’ve been following the Game Informer coverage, you’ll know that the story line is mostly optional in Breath of the Wild, which is a crying shame, as with the inclusion of these characters, the story sure has me compelled already.

You can believe that I’ll be playing this title to get the most out of it, and I’ll report back here once I do.

The below images aren’t anything new, just pretty to look at.

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