Zelda: Breath of the Wild Split-Screen Mod Will Launch This Week


Breath of the Wild is one of the greatest games of all time, but wouldn't it be better if you could play it together? And no, we're not talking about Linked Together, we're talking actual split-screen multiplayer.

Well, thanks to one modder, the dream to play Breath of the Wild with a friend is now a reality.

First spotted by Eurogamer, a new mod developed by Kirbymimi introduces split-screen gameplay to the world of Breath of the Wild. The mod will release in beta form this Friday, July 29.

You can watch over 8 minutes of split-screen Breath of the Wild gameplay on YouTube, which shows the pair of Links exploring Hyrule Castle, battling enemies, and eventually taking on the final boss. The two Links can even harm each other! Of course, this version of Breath of the Wild isn't running on Nintendo's official hardware, so don't expect to romp around Hyrule with a friend on Switch.

In late 2021, the content creator PointCrow offered a $10,000 reward for the first person to create a working Breath of the Wild multiplayer mod. However, the reward had a number of stiff requirements, including granting PointCrow 1 to 2 weeks of exclusive access to the mod, which has not happened with Kirbymimi's mod.

The modding community for Breath of the Wild has been active basically since the game launched back in 2017. Some of our favorite mods include one that turns the game into a NieR: Automata hybrid starring 2B, or a mod that swaps Link with the fan-favorite Waluigi.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.