Are Rupees No Longer Important In 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'? Game Currency A Bit Different This Time Around

27 June 2016, 7:50 am EDT By Jazz Rosin Mobile & Apps
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Everyone who has played at least one Zelda title will know that the rupee is the in-game currency in all titles. However, the rupee will apparently take a backseat in Nintendo's latest game "The Legend of "Zelda: Breath of the Wild."

For those who are not familiar with the franchise, rupees can be found everywhere on the map, including inside pots, under the ground and amongst the grass.

People who had first-hand experience with the game demo at E3, however, were surprised that rupees are a scarcity in "Breath of the Wild."

Series producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed to IGN that rupees are still in the game, although it will not be as prominent compared to previous Zelda titles.

"As you saw it's not about going to cut down grass and collect rupees or find them in treasure chests," Aonuma said. "But it's about collecting things and going to sell them and then using the rupees you get to buy new things."

"The rupees are there but they serve a different purpose," the game creator teased, but did not confirm the exact purpose he is referring to.

Eurogamer reported that this might be because there is little use for rupees in the game, according to what the E3 demo has offered. Weapons and items can be found naturally in the open world, and potions can also be crafted manually, eliminating the need to buy it in shops.

Despite this however, there were a few lucky ones who were able to find rupees during the demo.

IGN has confirmed that some of their staff were able to get a single rupee during their playthrough, and this was after the interview with Aonuma was conducted.

Staff of French gaming site Nintendo Sphere were also lucky enough to get a purple rupee during their demo playthrough. A purple rupee costs 50 in the Zelda world. Check out the video below.

There weren't any towns and villages in the demo, but Aonuma confirmed that Link will definitely be visiting a few towns in the final version of the game.

We may conclude that Link himself might be really pleased with the news, however, as he needs to forego grinding for rupees to buy something, as shown on this hilarious fan-made video.

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" will be released for the Wii U and Nintendo NX early next year.

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