Someone figured out that Zelda: Breath of the Wild NPCs are using an advanced version of the Wii’s Mii system


And the discoveries keep coming!

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still swinging in 2021, as we approach its fourth (!) anniversary in March. But before that happens, Twitter user HeyImHeroic managed to uncover something new: the origin of many NPC designs.

A self-dubbed “Mii expert,” HeyImHeroic notes that the NPCs in the game use an “advanced version of the Mii format,” which originates from the Wii era. They explain that it’s possible to “inject Miis into the game,” and convert them into NPCs via modding.

They even take things a step further with their Mii Library, a site that documents existing Miis. With the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS basically dead, Miis are now essentially a historic relic outside of ancillary content like Smash Ultimate‘s Mii fighters and the like. It’s great to see someone carry on the torch for this era of Nintendo history, documenting it along the way.

HeyImHeroic [Twitter]

Chris Carter
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