Surprisingly, we need to actually warn folks that there are spoilers ahead in regards to the actual ESRB rating for Breath of the Wild. Traditionally, ESRB ratings release with a short description as to why the rating is what it is, but usually the descriptions are rather vague such as “acts of violence” or “suggestive material”. Not this time around, as the description for Breath of the Wild tells a lot.
The game is rated E10+, and here’s why:
“This is an adventure game in which players assume the role of Link on a quest to stop a growing evil in the land of Hyrule. As players explore the open-world environment, they can forage for materials, explore shrines, and engage in melee-style combat against fantastical creatures (e.g., goblins, skeletons, centaurs). Players use swords, axes, clubs, and bows to defeat enemies that generally disappear amid puffs of smoke. One brief sequence depicts a battlefield strewn with the bodies of enemy creatures; in the background, a few bodies appear to be impaled by spears. The game contains some mildly suggestive material: fairies with moderate cleavage and/or exaggerated-size breasts; dialogue such as ‘I get to see a young hunk draw a bow again?’ and ‘If I have to have something pounce on me, why couldn’t it be a lady?’ During the course of the game, a shop owner tells Link that she only serves ‘…drinks that are definitely just for adults…’; players can also encounter a drunken character that occasionally hiccups.”
Adult beverages are nothing new, though an active drunk is. Plus there is a scene with a massive battleground? Plus look at those phrases… very interesting stuff.