The game is the first 3D game in the series to include manual jumping, though this feature was first planned for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
In shrines, after placing the Sheikah Slate to download runes, Hylian text begins to run down the stalactite above it. Portions of the text have been translated to read "NOW LOADING DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR" and "ALL YOUR BASE ARE". The latter phrase is a reference to Zero Wing, a 1989 game infamous for its horrible English dialogue that spawned the iconic phrase "All your base are belong to us".
According to series producer Eiji Aonuma, to date, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a larger number of people working on the game than on any of Nintendo's previous titles.
The opening scene, Spoiler:when Link emerges from the cave where he awakens and overlooks the valley from the Great Plateau, was made to reference the illustration of Link overlooking the cliff from the original The Legend of Zelda.