A horseshoe-shaped device is used for gameplay mechanics in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as spotted in the game’s E3 2016 trailer.
In September 2015, Nintendo filed a patent for an input controller titled “Training Implement, Training System, and Input Device.” The patent documentation (WO2016059943) was made public in April 2016 on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website. The device was shaped like a horseshoe.
That said, it seems Nintendo has plans to release a similar peripheral that players can use in the latest Zelda game, announced earlier today as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
In the trailer below, at approximately the 1:50 mark, Link uses a U-shaped device to lift a wooden-type plank high into the air before slamming it down onto a trio of enemies. The device is also shown in the game’s menu as its own icon.
Further details are unknown at this time. What’s your thoughts on this? Will Nintendo release a U-shaped device that players can use in-game, or do you think this is completely unrelated?
Update: It turns out that this is not any type of controller or peripheral for Breath of the Wild. The horseshoe-like object explained above is called the Magnesis Rune, an item that “can help Link lift and toss metal objects.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Trailer
Thanks to Andreas for sending the tip.