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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has an “Expansion” Pass

Nintendo has announced an “Expansion Pass” for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Setting you back $19.99, the Expansion Pass functions like a season pass, and gets you access to two batches of downloadable content that are coming out this summer and holiday, respectively.

This is the first time Nintendo is offering downloadable expansions for a main Legend of Zelda game, and here’s the information we have thus far:

  • Content Pack #1 (Summer 2017) – Adds a “Cave of Trials” challenge, a new hard mode, and a new feature for the in-game map.
  • Content Pack #2 (Holiday 2017) – Adds new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and new original story.

The content packs are naturally coming to both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game, and more interestingly – they can’t be purchased separately, meaning you have to buy the pass to get either of them. It’s also not clear if the game’s special or limited edition include this DLC.

As soon as you pre-purchase or buy the Expansion Pass at launch, three new treasure chests appear in the game’s “Great Plateau” region. One of the chests includes a shirt with a Switch logo that Link can wear, which is apparently exclusive to this DLC. The other two will offer “useful items.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is launching worldwide for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3rd.

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86 comments
  1. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    February 14, 2017 at 9:17 am

    the game is not even out and they are talking DLC

  2. Post Konami Kojima
    Post Konami Kojima
    February 14, 2017 at 9:21 am

    “a new hard mode”?
    Oh god its metro all over again

  3. CrusaderEsper
    CrusaderEsper
    February 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

    No Nintendo, you’re taking the worst parts of Sony and Microsoft’s online strategies and not putting in the good parts!

  4. Espio419
    Espio419
    February 14, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Boycott Nintendo.

  5. NukeA6
    NukeA6
    February 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Anyone else gonna stop buying their games on day one?

  6. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    February 14, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Were all the fanboys that say nintendo never did or was going to do this lol

  7. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

    This comment section is gonna be a fun one.

  8. Donwel
    Donwel
    February 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

    They’ll be here soon enough. I can’t wait to see how they handwave this one.
    Don’t forget “it’s ok when nintendo does it”.

  9. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I’m sure the Nintendrones will find a way to justify and praise this move, despite years of praising their lack of getting fucked over through paid online, dlc and such.

    As with many Sonyggers on paid online, all they need to pull a 180 on a certain issue is for the company they cheerlead to be gutsy enough to fuck them, and they not only bend over but gleefully lube their anuses as well.

    I miss the good old days where consumers would look out for their own interests and wallets instead, rather than those of their company of choice.

  10. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    February 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

    >Setting you back $19.99, the Expansion Pass functions like a season
    pass, and gets you access to two batches of downloadable content that
    are coming out this summer and holiday, respectively.

    If I didn’t like this shit with Microsoft and Sony, WHY in god’s name will you think I like it with Nintendo? Sad part is they’re going to get away with it.

    Inb4 Master Questlololol

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8a45f4cdd4fe57f0d8d639acb5a4961689c8c1f5d8b73a965644a172027b491.jpg

  11. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    They’ve been doing this for a few years though, Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors had season passes. Hyrule Warriors had two in fact, it was only a matter of time until they did one for mainline Zelda.

  12. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    February 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I understand Nintendo wanting to catch up with the times and shit but why do they have to catch up on the shitty aspects instead of the good ones like, say, strong hardware, great non gimmicky controllers or, I don’t know, a non prehistoric account system~?

  13. BanBrado
    BanBrado
    February 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

    People probably assumed Hyrule Warriors had so much DLC cause Dynasty Warriors is jewed out the ass too. But naw, Nintendo is as bad as the rest of them now.

  14. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    February 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Sadly, this is really sad news to me. I won’t be buying this.

  15. 3rdStrike_Ebi
    3rdStrike_Ebi
    February 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Nintendo selling post-launch DLC is not new – Smash 4 is a prime example – but selling a difficulty setting as DLC is similar to Capcom with the Resident Evil 5 multiplayer controversy. Fucking dumb.

  16. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

    It’s strange because Hyrule Warriors was more reasonable than other Musou games for their DLC, I guess Nintendo wanted to show some restraint? But then Smash came out a few months later and was Bamco/Capcom tier.

  17. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    February 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

    A difficulty setting should never be DLC.

  18. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Master Quest Pack: Only $7.99!

  19. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    February 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Because everyone just couldn’t stop bitching that Nintendo should behave more like the other companies. So Nintendo granted them their wish.

  20. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    +1 for Kuroneko

  21. Donwel
    Donwel
    February 14, 2017 at 10:13 am

    That’s not kuroneko.
    She’s the sister from Oniai.
    Akiko if I remember correctly.

  22. Jay
    Jay
    February 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Honestly I can be fine with DLC as long as the game on disk is still complete and DLC is used to help prolong the lifespan and does offer it at a fair price. But announcing DLC before the game is even out feels like this is just a way to cash grab when this content should be on the disk to begin with.

  23. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    > Looks up anime
    > It’s more incest degeracy

    For fuck’s sake…

  24. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    TRAVIS WHERE YOU AT?!

  25. Donwel
    Donwel
    February 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I’m going to spoiler here so if you plan to watch it, for the love of god don’t read below this line.

    It’s technically not incest, they’re not blood related and they weren’t raised together. So they’re practically strangers who think they’re related. Well the sister thinks they’re related, onii-san knows the truth.

  26. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I’m beyond pissed at this and I’m legitimately considering canceling my Switch pre-order. The game was in development for six years, there’s absolutely no excuse for them releasing it unfinished. Then those who bought the collector’s editions for $100 or more have to pay an additional $20 to get the full game AND you have to wait until fucking Christmas to finish the damn launch title. Why should I buy a system in March when I have to wait until fucking Christmas to finish the only worthwhile launch title?!

  27. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 14, 2017 at 10:27 am

    That was the only game they did DLC correctly for. See the shitfest that is Hyrule Warriors where the DLC costs more than the original game.

  28. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 14, 2017 at 10:27 am

    The same people cheering this on are the same ones mad that Nintendo went ahead and started charging to play online too.

  29. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Especially since they just sold tons of collector’s editions that don’t even include the full fucking game now. Seriously pissed at Nintendo.

  30. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I dunno, those sound like two separate groups to me.

  31. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    February 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    “Adds a “Cave of Trials” challenge, a new hard mode, and a new feature for the in-game map.”… Emm…. What?… That sounds like something that they could add for free. Second DLC had a new dungeon and story, now that looks like something you could sell

  32. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    They’re the same group of dipshits who wanted Nintendo to become Sony / Microsoft. Now we’re getting fucked because of them.

  33. Zack Attack
    Zack Attack
    February 14, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I am still excited for Zelda BOTW and the Switch, this dlc is bullshit.

  34. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 14, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Hmm? That’s a Koei Tecmo thing and you can see how they never miss a chance based on other games which also have DLC which costs much more than the original game.

    Fire Emblem is a relevant example since Awakening.

  35. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 14, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Is the difficulty a stat adjustment?

    Then the 3 Heart Challenge is probably harder and it costs no resources to make.

    Does it remove hearts from grass?

    Ditto above answer.

    Does it speed up foes, change up enemy placement and such?

    Probably lacking in comparison to PlatinumGames or Capcom settings which tend to be free and have unlockable tied to them.

    There is basically no way I can imagine the difficulty feeling worth money.

  36. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Zelda doesn’t tend to drop in price too fast but we’ll see. It doesn’t hurt to wait when a GOTY edition is increasingly more likely.

  37. Cerea
    Cerea
    February 14, 2017 at 11:01 am

    on suicide watch

  38. phagette
    phagette
    February 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

    hahahaha fuck off
    Guaranteed first day travel through the seven seas.

  39. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

    In that case piracy is always still an option; no need to break that rule just because one company is too stubborn to ever drop their prices.

  40. Fitz
    Fitz
    February 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

    “Additional map feature”

    …that’s about as vague as you can possibly get but okay.

    “New hard mode”

    HAHAHAHA fuck right off. Charging money for Hard mode is fucking disgusting.

    “New original story”

    We talkin like Skyrim’s Dawnguard and Dragonborn new stories? Or maybe they’ll actually surprise us and go full out like Witcher 3’s expansions.

    …but probably not

    “New dungeon”

    As expansive as the dungeons in Zelda are usually known for being?.. okay that’s not bad.

    “Additional challenges”

    Again, pretty vague.

    The second pack is the only one that really interests me but FUCK having to buy the full pass. That’s just shitty.

  41. catazxy
    catazxy
    February 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Be careful what you wish for, eh?

  42. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    February 14, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I was doing something much more important. Watching Dragon Ball.

  43. Fitz
    Fitz
    February 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    “Additional map feature”

    …that’s about as vague as you can possibly get but okay.

    “New hard mode”

    HAHAHAHA fuck right off. Charging money for Hard mode is fucking disgusting.

    “New original story”

    We talkin like Skyrim’s Dawnguard and Dragonborn new stories? Or maybe they’ll actually surprise us and go full out like Witcher 3’s expansions.

    …but probably not

    “New dungeon”

    As expansive as the dungeons in Zelda are usually known for being?.. okay that’s not bad.

    “Additional challenges”

    Again, pretty vague.

    The second pack is the only one that really interests me but FUCK having to buy the full pass. That’s just shitty.

    don’t be like this guy, kids

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a13912709c9a02844dc951898e46c2e3126cf47624d26533a61af7053b63756.jpg

  44. EuroMIX
    EuroMIX
    February 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    The game has already gone gold, so there was no way they could have added this to the main game without delaying it further. They’re announcing their plans now, but the bulk of the content won’t be available for months because they’ll be spending that time developing it.

  45. EuroMIX
    EuroMIX
    February 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I’m sure for most games there always more you could potentially add, but you have to decide whether to release it sooner or delay because you have new ideas you didn’t consider or couldn’t factor into the original release.

    I think that DLC to add content to already finished games is fine as long as it’s good value, and since this isn’t finished yet, we won’t know how worthwhile it is until it is out and we can judge. I’m going to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt though as their DLC track record has been solid so far, but we’ll obviously know for sure once all the content is out in winter.

    I think that content that adds onto an already complete game isn’t a bad thing though, as it gives people access to more of something they enjoy. I’d prefer that to a shallow, full-priced sequel.

  46. gwadahunter2222
    gwadahunter2222
    February 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    When the expansions will be released Nintendo will just need to sell special amiibo in order to fully experience them. And we will reach the point you need to buy both physical and digital dlc to play a game

  47. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    ‘Member when Nintendo used to give away the entirety of OoT and a more challenging remixed Master Quest version as simply a free pre-order/first print bonus?

  48. OldPalpy
    OldPalpy
    February 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has Cancer

  49. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Yeah, I ‘member.

  50. Eden
    Eden
    February 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Bethesda did it best with games like Skyrim and Fallout 4. They gavae a complete game and then had massive DLCs that added entire locations, weapons, poeple, monsters, and more side stories. This was well worth the price considering the season pass was only $20/$25 and the content separately came up to $50+ total. So you got $50 worth of content for $20.

  51. Eden
    Eden
    February 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Smash 4 was different because Mewtwo wasn’t finished and was more like something they planned but couldn’t finish in time.

  52. Lezard Valeth
    Lezard Valeth
    February 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Oh Damn… no …..I feel sick. Thank you again Nintendo. hugh..

  53. MusouTensei
    MusouTensei
    February 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Guess I’ll buy the game used then.

  54. Keirnoth
    Keirnoth
    February 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    God fucking damnit Nintendo.

    When we said your console should be like the other consoles, we didn’t mean this.

  55. Keirnoth
    Keirnoth
    February 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    dis nigga gets it

  56. Keirnoth
    Keirnoth
    February 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Koei Tecmo DLC is cancer.

  57. Keirnoth
    Keirnoth
    February 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    In other words, @Nagato is now watching it.

  58. Keirnoth
    Keirnoth
    February 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Devil May Cry 4 even has PC mods that let you play difficulty settings even tougher than the originals too. Gods Must Die, Decidia Must Die, etc.

  59. Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson
    February 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Guess I’ll just wait for the full version of the game to come out in two years. Who wants to bet they’ll pull the same shit with Super Mario Oddysee?

  60. Guest
    Guest
    February 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    That better be one hell of a dungeon or I’m calling bullshit. Definitely not buying it until I see everything in it. Either way it won’t justify costing a quarter of the price of the game.

  61. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    February 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    GOTY? Ha! If we’re lucky we’ll get a complete edition when it gets a remastered port for the successor of the successor of the Switch.

  62. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    You say that but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe happened and if they continue borrowing bad trends from the industry, we’ll see it sooner than later perhaps even on the Switch even if not next year.

    I’ve been thinking that the only thing making me buy Nintendo games quickly has been the lack of price drops, high value at launch (not thinking about preorder BS) and the low odds of rereleases with all of the content but that’s what happened with Mario Kart 8.

  63. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Ah, at least you are watching the good part of the series.

  64. NukeA6
    NukeA6
    February 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    For me, the limit is $70 but such a high price tag is for games that deserve it. Otherwise, it’s $40 or bust. $20 is kinda strict but I can understand it since you can get the top 20 games ever made for even less.

  65. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Let us not bring in PC mods, those tend to make everyone look bad by comparison but if we can point out Nintendo published games like The Wonderful 101 or console/portable games. It is even clearer.

    On that note, I hear the most recent Thief was awful but it was packed with dozens of difficulty and convenience sliders which were pretty expansive.

  66. Pilebunker
    Pilebunker
    February 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    The Cave of Trials and Hard Mode were things that used to come with recent Zelda games (also known as Hero Mode. Can’t be upset because I saw Nintendo going in this direction for a while now. But hey, WiiU softmodding scene is pretty adept these days. So this DLC is only screwing legit costumers.

  67. SuuLoliBoob
    SuuLoliBoob
    February 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Yeah. Fuck this.

    I might be a “fanboy” but fuck this shit.

    I’ll still buy the game… But i won’t like it, just like how i bought Nioh for the PS4.

  68. Pilebunker
    Pilebunker
    February 14, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    It used to be where we never had season passes and instead got expansion packs. The product that was sold was (hopefully) completely finished. The expansion pack added so much content and was sold for cheap because there was a ton of reused assets or unused assets in the game. The engine and many other things were simply carried over. For nearly a whole game’s worth of content, you only had to pay about 15 dollars. Devs tried to add whatever possible to the game before release because it was much harder to simply patch a game back then. Same with bugs. If a game had that bug it will most likely have it forever so Q&A was even more important.

    As for the FO4 DLC, you don’t get $50 worth of content for $20. What you did was spend $20 dollars on something that you have no clue on how good said content would be (this is assuming the DLC is even worth the 50 dollars). Assuming you got the SP before you knew what was exactly on the DLC. Then they charge the DLC for more than the SP to make people think they made a good investment when they paid for the SP as opposed to the DLC. In reality the DLC was most likely made during development yet the release date was rushed which explains why those 2 games were full of bugs. The DLC could have definitely been added to the game without butchering it and selling it to us as DLC with a high price. They could also not release a buggy game. But people don’t care about that because they can just say “mods will fix it”.

    As someone who doesn’t have internet connection at all times. Ordering a game to only find out it’s completely broken without patches is unacceptable.

  69. Lucky
    Lucky
    February 14, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I rarely see games that are worth the $70 price tag (that I can play), especially given games I already have and enjoy playing. It’s also difficult to discern if it is worth $70 if I have not played the game yet.

    Spend $20 and the game isn’t to my liking? No big deal. $70? Fucking hell.

  70. Lucky
    Lucky
    February 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    That is true, most Ninty products tend to make the rule difficult. Thankfully most of the games I have only passing interest in exceeds the cost. That includes Zelda, to be honest.

  71. dogmentation
    dogmentation
    February 14, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Welcome to the new Nintendo.
    Enjoy your $300 DLC and IAP machine.
    Splatoon levels? Smash characters? Mario Kart tracks? Fire Emblem scenarios? You’re gonna pay for it once, and keep on paying if Nintendo has anything to say about it. Not even Zelda is exempt.

  72. VLOCKUP
    VLOCKUP
    February 14, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Obviously you don’t understand what Oniai means then.

  73. Jonbo298
    Jonbo298
    February 14, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    ‘Member when Nintendo included full NES games in Animal Crossing?

  74. sanic
    sanic
    February 15, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I don’t pay for difficulty modes, or challenges, or in game currencies, just naw dawg naw.

  75. Ruggarell
    Ruggarell
    February 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Guys it’s okay because it’s Nintendo!

  76. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    February 16, 2017 at 12:21 am

    because japan still has a tendency to act like their borders are closed, and little to no information comes in on what people/their fans actually want.

  77. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    February 17, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Lol if Japan didn’t give a shit about gaijin Zelda would’ve died a decade ago.

  78. Joe
    Joe
    February 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Nah, they planned this out from the start to cut content and sell it separately. They’ve had this planned out for a year or more. Keep in mind the Wii U version was finished sometime last year and has been sitting around waiting for the Switch to launch.

  79. Joe
    Joe
    February 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Companies think they have to drip feed content nowdays because, in Valve’s words, they’re no longer providing a product, but a “service”. And they think gamers are too dumb to ration out a game’s content on their own, so it has to be held back behind a Trump sized paywall and spoon fed out to maintain community interest.

  80. EuroMIX
    EuroMIX
    February 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Do you have evidence for any of these claims, or is it pure conjecture?

  81. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    February 17, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    that’s not quite what I meant though. They obviously care about outside MONEY, but outside OPINIONS and business decisions are another matter.

  82. Shinoji
    Shinoji
    February 18, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I’m not gonna say that I know how software development works, but it’s very likely this really *was* worked on after the game went gold. After that, any new content would either be like this or delay the game’s release.

    So I’m not as pissed about this as I probably should, because it’s likely that they simply created new content for it after the game was pretty much done.

  83. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

    See, that makes sense for online shooters that require high player counts to stay relevant and keep selling new copies. No one is going to buy an online shooter if there’s no one to play against. But for a single player game, it makes absolutely no sense at all. If they want to make 500 hours of content and sell it for $100, then do so! Don’t split it into half a dozen pieces spread out over three years. That’s not an enjoyable experience at all!