The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Played on Accessible Controller in Heartwarming Video

A father has created a custom made controller (with an Xbox Adaptive Controller) to let his daughter play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

January 19, 2020

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fans have made some really amazing things, but this new heartwarming video is something else. In a recent Tweet, we can see a father and daughter showing off a state of the art adaptive controller. Using the Microsoft Adaptive Controller as a base, he has made a totally custom controller to let his daughter play Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch.

News comes by way of Twitter, where Rory Steel announced his intention to use the long holiday to make a controller for his daughter to play Nintendo Switch. While the Xbox Adaptive Controller is (unofficially) compatible with the Nintendo Switch, actually building a custom compatible device is another story. Thankfully this isn’t a problem for Steel — who is Head of Digitial Jersey Academy in the UK:

The build is complex in execution, but easy to visualize. Essentially using Fight Stick parts from eBay, the cabinet will use the input control of the Adaptive Controller as a base. And seemingly overnight, he was able to get everything running — including some snazzy bright green and blue buttons to pull the Breath of the Wild aesthetic:

Finally, after much waiting, we are able to see the reveal of Rory and his daughter, Ava, taking some of the first few steps in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. With some modifications yet to come, the sheer happiness is palpable and infectious:

It’s never been a question, but these kind of posts are massive PR success stories for both Microsoft and Nintendo. The Xbox Adaptive Controller was a deft move to opening up gaming to everyone, and Nintendo for continuing to make games that anyone in the gaming spectrum can enjoy. As we approach the next gen of consoles, hopefully these kinds of stories (if not growth in accessibility features) will continue to be supported for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

And while other fan projects may not match this, it’s hard to say The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild community is anything but passionate. For instance, the Studio Ghibli-like anime trailer was a similar labor of love.

If you haven’t picked the game up yet (and most have), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. You can grab that game via Amazon to help support the site, if you are so inclined.

Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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