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Breath of the Wild Multiplayer Mod Is Out to Journey with Friends

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild BotW multiplayer mod out now Wii U emulator friends play sync Hyrule PointCrow

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW) is one of the most acclaimed video games of all time, and now it has a multiplayer mod to play with some friends. The Breath of the Wild multiplayer mod runs through a Wii U emulator and is the work of YouTubers ARCHIT3CT and stanz, who initially created the mod to win a $10,000 bounty being offered by YouTuber PointCrow back in 2021. The two actually earned the bounty from PointCrow last year, but then the three continued working on the mod, releasing it to the public on April 4 through PointCrow’s Discord.

Using the BotW multiplayer mod, you can start a server or join a player’s server, and apparently there are options for syncing Shrine progress, quest completion, and Korok Seed collection. Anecdotally, the mod seems to run decently well, though there are some remaining kinks to work out that can be seen in PointCrow’s videos. Well, maybe. Nintendo recently had some of PointCrow’s videos that showcased the Breath of the Wild multiplayer mod pulled, but some of the media has since been reinstated, albeit demonetized.

PointCrow has bemoaned the demonetization considering how much work went into the creation of this mod, and he said he worked to “significantly transform their work and (his) videos are under fair use.” But legally speaking, that sounds like nonsense. It’s Nintendo’s IP, and Nintendo has absolutely zero obligation to let a YouTuber generate ad revenue off of modding its games, no matter how sophisticated the mod might be.

Regardless, the mod is out there now — out in the wild. You might want to check it out before The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom takes over your life for the next several months (years?).

Related: Breath of the Wild Beginners Guide on Attack of the Fanboy

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John Friscia
Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.