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Modder Claims Breath of the Wild's NPCs Are Created Using Advanced Miis

Barret from Final Fantasy VII and more can visit Hyrule.

Have you ever wanted to see yourself recreated in the style of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Well, it turns out that is actually very much possible, as the game apparently uses an advanced version of Nintendo’s Mii system called UMiis to create its NPCs. This means if you mod the Switch/Wii U game, you can see your Mii, or something very close to it, represented in-game.

News of this comes from Wii Facts Plus blog moderator @HEYimHeroic on Twitter, who explained how the process works in a thread on their profile. They say this works specifically for NPCs found around Breath of the Wild’s world, and not main characters with distinct, modeled appearances like Princess Zelda herself or any of the champions, and also only applies to human characters, meaning you can’t use a Mii to create a Goron or Zora character. @HEYimHeroic posted a few examples of the system at work, specifically using Mii characters from games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Wii Sports to demonstrate.

As they explained on Reddit, it’s not always a 1:1 recreation because some hairstyles and other features aren’t supported, so in some cases you’ll get something approximate.

“UMiis have almost all the same parameters as Wii U/3DS Miis, with a few minor differences here and there, like moles no longer being supported.

However, BotW does not support every hairstyle Miis do. So, if you tried to load a hairstyle the game doesn’t support, it instead calls a separate file, that essentially converts the unsupported hairstyle into a hair type that is supported and looks the most similar to the unsupported one, which is what happened with my personal Mii, Alice.”

In other news:

@HEYimHeroic is currently taking commissions for people who want to see their Miis recreated in Breath of the Wild, but says they plan to release a more thorough report on how the process works and what is possible within the game’s systems and wanted to offer their services to those interested but didn’t want to do the modding themselves. As such, a few people are looking to get their personal Miis imported to see themselves made into characters protagonist Link can touch, but a few are choosing some extremely wild Mii abominations in hopes of seeing how Breath of the Wild handles them. @HEYimHeroic says Breath of Wild has a limit to what it can represent, but maybe we’ll see some of these monstrosities make their way to Hyrule soon.

In more recent Legend of Zelda news, Nintendo and Omega Force recently released Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a prequel to Breath of the Wild that actually isn’t really the prequel people wanted it to be, but it does let you see what the game’s post-apocalyptic world looked like before the aforementioned calamity overtook it.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.