Sunday, May 7, 2017

Breath of the Wild: Voice Pack Update

At the beginning of this week, when Nintendo detailed the first DLC Pack for Breath of the Wild, they also released the 1.2.0 update for the game, which gives you the option to change the audio of the game to any language. For the Wii U version Nintendo even offers a free voice pack, where you can download all the different languages with around 835MB.

So far I've only played the game in English and I've made good use of the new update to also experience the game in German and Japanese. You could already play the game in other languages by changing your system's language, but this way it's more convenient, because altering the system language takes quite some time due to the Wii U GamePad. Also, not all languages would be available and before it wasn't possible to play Japanese with English subtitles. So, this new option is certainly nice to have and it's good that Nintendo finally reacts to feedback in the form of updates.

I mostly just watched all 18 memories with the different voices again, first in German, then in Japanese. And of the three languages I overall like English the best. It's really just Zelda's annoying voice, where they lost me...

She's somewhat more likeable with the German or Japanese audio, but at the same time her English voice (Patricia Summersett) certainly is more memorable and sticks with you.

With the Champions I preferred English in any case, where part of it are also their sounds for the Champion abilities. Especially Daruk's shout and his "Daruk's Protection is ready to roll!" speech are so much more better.

But it's nice to be able to experience it all in different languages, where out of curiosity I might try others in the future, e.g. Russian. (Update: the Russian voices sound actually quite good!)

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