The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s non-player characters are a quirky lot but it turns out they all have one thing in common; they’re basically Nintendo Miis.
Nintendo Miis are customisable avatars which made their debut with the Nintendo Wii. Their popularity has waned a little since then but, with a few button presses, you could craft or download a cutesy figure to represent you in-game. In theory, that is; in practice, it was a only a matter of time before you stumbled upon an Adolf Hitler.
However, Twitter user “I’m Alice” has discovered that Breath of the Wild’s characters are, in fact, Nintendo Miis. They’re more advanced than your average Mii, but they’re essentially constructed in much the same manner. This, in turn led them to another discovery; that they could inject existing Miis into Breath of the Wild, making them in game characters.
This isn’t something you can do with Breath of the Wild as is, it requires a little fiddling, but I’m Alice has already taken requests from people who’d like to see their Miis put into the game. Best of all, since they’re curating the requests, you don’t have have to worry about stumbling upon an NPC with a willy for a face.
Special characters are an exception to the Mii-rule, as I’m Alice explains. “Link, Zelda, and other special characters important to the game’s story or events are not UMiis, and are instead premade 3D models.”
It’s not clear whether Breath of the Wild’s original NPCs were created by hand or whether some kind of random Mii generator was involved. But it’s good to see that, with the Wii long discontinued, Miis have a life beyond Super Smash Bros.
You can find out more by following I’m Alice on Twitter.