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A Short Hike developer says he was inspired by Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing, and more

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A Short Hike is a unique exploration game where you play at your own pace and wander around a peaceful mountainside. It's certainly not your average release, but it turns out some more traditional titles helped inspire it.

In an interview with NintendoEverything, developer Adam Robinson-Yu opened up about the titles that helped pave the way for A Short Hike.

I’ve been inspired by many games! Breath of the Wild was a huge inspiration – it really breathed life into the open-world genre, which I felt had been getting a little repetitive at that point. Other games I looked to as inspiration were Firewatch, Minit, The Frog Detective, and Animal Crossing.

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What it actually reminds me of most is Link’s Awakening, with the island setting, verticality, charming dialogue and trading sequences. But a lot of that was probably filtered through Minit, which is also very Link’s Awakening-like.

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