The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a firm release date of “idk lol,” and fans continue to be hungry for more content, even after the surprise release last year of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and its coming expansion pass. Along those lines, via Kotaku, a group of fans is creating a full-blown expansion mod for Breath of the Wild called Second Wind, which is currently about 60% complete. The mod is being made for the Wii U version only at the moment and can be experienced via emulation and console hacking, if you’re savvy with that scene.
The creators explain on the fan project’s Discord: “Second Wind is a large-scale expansion for Breath of the Wild that aims to add new content to the game in a similar way to official DLCs. We’ve also decided to take things a step further by providing various overhauls, bug fixes, tweaks, and new gameplay elements for players to explore.” More quests, weapons, enemies, and animals are coming, in addition to (somewhat surprisingly) atmospheric changes to all 120 Shrines to “make them more unique.” Puzzles and enemies within Shrines will be altered in some cases as well.
Particularly intriguingly, Second Wind will add masks from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. Plus, martial arts combat abilities are being added. Frankly, the list of tweaks and additions goes on and on, mostly in a good way, as it even reprograms the final boss fight to make it more challenging. There is also something called “The Ancient Island” on the way, which will serve as its own entire second sub-component of the expansion.
Myriad fan mods for Breath of the Wild exist, but none of them are as expansive as Second Wind. However, if you’re in the mood for a technical showcase, check out what Breath of the Wild looks like in 8K with ray tracing.