The Japanese Commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Looks Swell

The Japanese Commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Looks Swell

A small spoiler lies within its pretty frames, however.

Japanese commercials are world-famous for being utterly bizarre (I only just learned about this Boss Coffee commercial starring Tommy Lee Jones, and it's made my week), but Japan's ad spot for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is serious stuff.

Editor's pick

Everything about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- Wii U vs Switch, Special Editions, and Analyses

The ad, which uses some footage from the excellent trailer unveiled at last month's Nintendo Switch event in New York, is a minute long and quite epic. It leaves no doubt that Link's riding into one heck of an adventure.

But the commercial has people talking for another reason, which you can spot at the video's 45-second mark. A serpentine dragon trails Link for a second, and it's not clear if the creature is friend or foe. It's certainly fiery-looking, which causes some fans to wonder if the dragon from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Volvagia (or some descendent or variation thereof), is making a return in Breath of the Wild.

Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, the Zelda series does some pretty cool things with its dragons.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

Related articles

Xenogears 2 Was One More Victim of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within's Epochal Failure

Xenogears 2 died for Spirits Within, much like how Chu-Chu died for your sins.

Sludge Life and Borderlands Handsome Collection Are Funny, First-Person, and Free on Epic

The similarities kind of stop there, but who's complaining when both are free?

Madden Will Be the Only NFL Sim in Town For a While Longer Thanks to New Deal

Madden will retain its exclusive sim status, though others are exploring new NFL partnerships.

You may also like

Who Is the Best New Nintendo Character of the Past Decade?

Some amazing Nintendo characters have surfaced in the past ten years alone. Which one takes the top spot?

Arkane Studios' First Game, Arx Fatalis, Is Free From Now Until the End of May

Love Dishonored? Play the very first game Arkane flexed its first-person finesse on.

The Last of Us Part 2 Developers Talk About Walking Ellie's Path Through the Real Seattle

You know there'll be a flood of up-close comparisons once the game launches.