From what I've seen so far, it appears that you can only have one player at a time in Breath of The Wild. When you start the game again, the new game option prompts whether or not you want to overwrite existing games!

At least in other previous Legends of Zelda one could select which slot to save it under, but this seems to have no option for this...

Is it not possible to have multiple players going through the game at different levels of progress???

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    Why the downvotes? This is a good and useful question for anyone wanting to play BotW.
    – GDP2
    Mar 3, 2017 at 21:06
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    You could always make another user profile on your system to start a new game since saves are registered to users
    – BlueBarren
    Mar 3, 2017 at 21:07
  • @BlueBarren good to know. Had no idea the Wii U handled saves like this. Only ever used the system as a single user.
    – ylluminate
    Mar 3, 2017 at 21:29
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    @GDP2 all BOTW questions have been heavily downvoted lately. Must be anti-zelda fanatics. Meh. I'd ignore it.
    – user64742
    Mar 13, 2017 at 18:58
  • My questions are getting downvoted as well. Should we alert the moderators of this thing?
    – Bloonarius
    Mar 4, 2021 at 21:22

2 Answers 2


So, as was noted by @BlueBarren, both the Wii U and the Switch have the ability to have multiple profiles. Some of us have always just gone along with a singular profile with no need to have any additional profiles...

If you want to have more than one game state saved in Breath of the Wild, we can simply make a profile for each player that would like to maintain their game state and play it as that user / profile!

  • is there a way to transfer save data from profile to another? Say from a profile of an older kid (who earned the Master Sword) to a younger child's profile?
    – NKCampbell
    Mar 24, 2017 at 21:15
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    @NKCampbell ask follow up questions as questions, not comments Apr 17, 2017 at 20:49
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    @NKCampbell I went ahead and created a question with an answer for you over here.
    – ylluminate
    Apr 18, 2017 at 22:46
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    FYI it works the same way on Switch.
    – Emil
    Apr 19, 2017 at 21:26

The first DLC that came out slightly complicated the answer to this question. You can now have 2 save files for each profile that @ylluminate mentions in their answer. One save file will be for the regular game mode, the second is for Master Mode. You can only maintain one save file in each of the two modes per profile.

  • Great to know @Cody, similar to before, but nice to understand.
    – ylluminate
    Jul 6, 2017 at 18:47

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