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.

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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.

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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.

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