Despite The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out almost 4 years ago, one modder just discovered a new incredible secret about the game’s NPCs.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most highly-praised titles of the last decade. The game was enough to single-handedly create record sales at launch for the Nintendo Switch, and it wasn’t even exclusive.
The incredibly vibrant world featured true open-world exploration, better than any other Zelda game. There were limitless possibilities to where Link could go and how he could complete his quests.
But if you were to take a closer look at some of Hyrule’s NPCs, you may notice something strange. As it turns out, the Breath of the Wild NPCs hide an incredible secret that we’re just now discovering.
Breath of the Wild NPC Secret
Thanks to Breath of the Wild modder HEYimHeroic, we now know exactly how these strange NPC characters were made. According to the Nintendo fan, Breath of the Wild’s NPCs are just upgraded versions of Miis.
For those unaware, Miis were the virtual avatars that players could create first on the Nintendo Wii. Since then, Miis have appeared on 3DS, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch from time to time.
They’re even a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
But as it turns out, Miis actually make up a big part of Breath of the Wild too. After much experimenting, self-proclaimed ‘Mii expert’ HEYimHeroic proves that the avatars are present in the latest Zelda main title.
According to the modder, Breath of the Wild’s NPCs are slightly upgraded Miis, with the game’s engine set to convert existing Miis to Zelda characters. Not all hairstyles or facial features are supported, but the resemblances are clear when you look closely enough.
This conversion system even allows modders to add their own Miis to the game, which change into fully-fledged Zelda NPCs. HEYimHeroic took the time to add a few custom characters to the game, including her own Mii.
Upon looking at them, nobody would be able to tell that these NPCs were imported Miis. By all accounts, they fit right into the Breath of the Wild universe.
How to Get Your Mii in Breath of the Wild
In one tweet regarding the new discovery, the modder even alleges that getting your Mii in the game is as simple as copying its data and pasting it directly into the Breath of the Wild files. However, not every NPC is a Mii character.
The main players in the Zelda franchise, such as Link, Impa, the Champions of Hyrule, and Zelda herself are all custom models. Only the disposable NPC characters were likely created with Miis.
This is an incredibly clever way of generating new characters with ease. We wonder whether more of these Mii upgrades, referred to as UMiis in the game files, will appear in Breath of the Wild 2.
Yesterday, a new Nintendo leak confirmed that Breath of the Wild 2 is coming soon. In the past, we’ve also seen speculation that Breath of the World will be the Switch Pro’s launch title.
However, Nintendo is only just commenting on the Switch Pro. This leads fans to believe that perhaps the next-gen console isn’t quite ready to reveal just yet.
Next up for Nintendo appears to be the long-awaited Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes, which are allegedly coming very soon.