Discover what's inside the first DLC pack for 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been met with critical and public acclaim since its release in March. With more people finishing the game each day, fans are turning their heads toward the upcoming DLC. Today, Nintendo has pulled back the curtain on the first DLC pack releasing this summer.

Called The Master Trials, this first batch of DLC will add the Trial of the Sword, a challenging Hard Mode, new equipment, and more.

“Whether you have already completed the adventure or are just getting ready to paraglide into Hyrule for the first time, this new downloadable Expansion Pass makes this massive game even bigger and more engrossing,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Just like the Cave of Trials in previous games in the Zelda series, Trial of the Sword is a gauntlet where enemies appear one after another. What separates this trial is that Link begins without any armor or weapons. After defeating all the enemies in one room, he can move on to the next. After prevailing in 45 total rooms, the true power of the Master Sword will awaken, keeping it in its glowing powered-up state.

For players looking for a challenge, Hard Mode increased the “ranks” of enemies throughout the overworld. There will even be new, higher-ranking enemies that wouldn’t appear in normal play. Other changes to enemies include an ability to slowly recover health and spot Link more easily. Throughout the overworld, floating planks held up by balloons will house enemies and treasures.

Completionists who are trying to explore every inch of Hyrule will enjoy the new Hero’s Path Mode. This new map feature highlights Link’s path in green for the previous 200 hours of play time. An added slider allows players to track the footsteps along a timeline. For added convenience, this feature works retroactively. Anyone who has already put the time into Breath of the Wild will be able to see where they’ve been.

Regardless of how much players have discovered, there will be a new chest for them to locate containing the Travel Medallion. With it, a temporary travel point can be made wherever Link is currently standing. Only one point can be registered on the map at once, but Link can travel there anytime.

Rounding out the additional content are eight new pieces of new equipment. These are inspired by previous characters in the Zelda series including Midna, Tingle, Phantom, and Majora’s Mask. There will also be a new item called the Korok Mask. When equipped, the mask will shake when a Korok is hidden nearby.

As far as the second DLC pack is concerned, Nintendo will reveal that at a later date. However, starting on May 1, anyone will be able to experience the game in any of the nine audio languages regardless of their text language. This comes way for a free software update. Languages include Japanese, English, French (France), French (Canada), German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), Italian, and Russian. Players using the Wii U version will need to download a Voice Pack from the Nintendo eShop.

Remember that both DLC packs are part of the Expansion Pass for Breath of the Wild. Players can pick up the bundle for $20 on the Nintendo eShop.

Gaming

‘Tetris Effect’ makes the undying classic feel new again

Tetris is a game that everyone knows. The classic puzzler has appeared on just about every device since 1984. With music and visual flourishes, Tetris Effect remarkably manages to elevate the iconic game to new heights.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games available right now

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for November 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles as well as bundles that feature games like Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Movies & TV

Netflix debuts full trailer for Andy Serkis’ ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’

Netflix has released the first full trailer for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, the upcoming live-action film directed by Andy Serkis that's based on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
Gaming

Hacker finds Steam bug that unlocks free games, collects $20K for reporting it

Security researcher Artem Moskowsky discovered a Steam bug that allowed him to generate infinite free keys for any game. Instead of abusing the exploit, Moskowsky reported it to Valve, which gave him a $20,000 reward.
Gaming

‘Overwatch’ gunslinger Ashe is now available on all platforms

Blizzard announced Ashe as the latest Overwatch hero at BlizzCon 2018. The gunslinger has a history with McCree and makes use of a lever-action repeating rifle and a robotic sidekick.
Gaming

‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars’ sees Spidey confront the villainous Hammerhead

The second part of Marvel's Spider-Man's The City That Never Sleeps DLC swings into action on November 20. Titled Turf Wars, the new storyline is focused on Hammerhead, who is waging war across New York City.
Gaming

Mount up: Latest ‘Fortnite’ update adds powerful turret weapon, Food Fight LTM

The latest update for Fortnite added a Mounted Turret weapon to the battle royale mode. The weapon features unlimited ammunition, but it can overheat if fired too long without interruption.
Gaming

Xbox One adds mouse and keyboard support, levels playing field with PC

The latest system software update for Xbox One has added mouse and keyboard support. The support is limited to Warframe and Fortnite at the moment, with more games coming in November and December.
Mobile

Check out 30 of the best iPhone games you need to be playing

The iPhone has some of our favorite games available for any mobile platform. Here are the best iPhone games for every big-name genre, whether you're into puzzles, strategy, or something else entirely.
Gaming

The Army wants YOU … to play esports with soldiers

The U.S. Army is creating esports teams for games such as Overwatch, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and League of Legends. The initiative looks to boost recruitment, after missing the mark for the first time since 2005.
Deals

Black Friday 2018: The best deals so far

Black Friday is the biggest shopping holiday of the year, and it will be here before you know it. If you can't wait until November 23 to start formulating a shopping plan, we've got you covered.
Computing

If the speed of AMD’s Radeon RX 590 doesn’t entice you, the game bundle will

AMD's Radeon RX 590 is a new video card that targets 1080p gaming at maximum detail. Starting at $280, it fills a gap between the Radeon RX 580 and the more expensive Radeon RX Vega. AMD says the new RX 590 can beat Nvidia's GTX 1060 Ti.