Players translate Breath of the Wild’s fantasy language, find bizzarre hidden message

A skilled code-breaker has released a translation for the Sheikah language in Breath of the Wild, and someone else made a very interesting observation.

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The game has barely been out for a few days, but it’s one of the must-own titles for anyone who managed to pick up a Nintendo Switch already.

To start off, here’s a chart with all of the glyphs and their translations into our alphabet, as put together by reddit user sparkthedarkness:

With this information, you can find some cool messages and hints throughout the game, but one of the most curious things that’s been discovered so far isn’t inside of the game at all. It’s on the game.

Another reddit user named ShacoLaBuff noticed a series of these characters on the box of the special edition of the new Zelda game. There’s still speculation circulating about what it means, whether it holds the keys to some kind of deeper secret, or it’s just a surface-level homage, but in any case…

The characters on the box for the special edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, when translated, spell “The Hyrule Fantasy”.

The Hyrule Fantasy is the Japanese name of the very first Legend of Zelda game. We’re not sure what this means yet, but here are a few theories courtesy of fans and the folks over the Polygon:

  • It would just be a nod to anyone clever enough to notice it,
  • It could be a sign that this game is a throwback to classic Zelda gameplay, especially considering they originally demo’d it in a 2D prototype to test out certain mechanics,
  • It could mean they’re taking a lot of inspiration from the first game’s story,

I guess we’ll find out sooner or later, but for now, keep your chart handy and keep your eyes open for more hidden messages.