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Zelda: Breath of the Wild turns four today, but it feels like it's been around forever

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Here's a look at the original trailer

It's strange to think we have another micro-anniversary coming off such a big, sprawling Zelda anniversary, but here we are.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild turns four today on March 3, 2021. I can't believe it! That also essentially marks the birth of the Nintendo Switch! Both of them feel like they've been around for longer than that. I mean, just look at the E3 2016 full reveal below: crazy right?

Although it had been talked about in different incarnations for a while, it wasn't until the summer of 2016 that Nintendo decided to officially call it "Breath of the Wild." People were able to play it right on the show floor that same week, and the rest was history.

It's also crazy to think that it's also a Wii U game. Nintendo dumped that thing like a bad habit so quickly after that, but much like the GameCube to the Wii generational leap with Zelda: Twilight Princess, so too did the Wii U get a swan song.

Let's watch, together, how it and the means in which players approached the game, evolved.

The original E3 2016 reveal:

The 2017 launch trailer:

A 2020 montage of all the crazy things players discovered over time:

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