Posted on January 24 2021 by David Lasby
By the time players are able to purchase and renovate Link’s home in Hateno Village in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, over 100 years have passed; the structure has fallen into disrepair, scheduled for demolition by Bolson’s eccentric construction crew. In the side quest “Hylian Homeowner,” players can restore Link’s pre-Calamity dwelling and can even purchase a few quality-of-life upgrades. However, in spite of these cosmetic improvements to the interior and exterior of the house, it lacks the quality of a true home; aside from the occasional trip to display rare weapons on the wall-mounts, the house fails to be much of a destination.
A new mod created by Waikuteru adds a number of improvements that one can only hope will be included in Breath of the Wild 2. Link’s home now includes an indoor cooking area, wall decorations (featuring concept art from the game), a functioning stable, a pond for fishing, a pet Cucco from which eggs are available, and a bed that restores additional hearts. The mod also creates a warp point at the Hateno Village house. Finally, fans will enjoy that half of the demo video features a playable Zelda enjoying the updated home.
Regarding the inspiration for making mods, Waikuteru explains, “My goal is to produce as much new and high quality content for players around the world as possible. I’ve already gained a lot of knowledge through my existing mods, and I’m always trying to improve!” The work done on Link’s Breath of the Wild home is consistent with that passion. Waikuteru observes, “This mod re-imagines owning a house in [Breath of the Wild] to make it a worthwhile purchase–something you’ll want to use regularly–all the while, retaining the original game feel and balance of the game.”
Tell us what you think! Do you like the improvements created in this mod? Do you hope Nintendo will include these ideas from Waikuteru in future Zelda games? Share your reactions in the space below.