You can see shield surfing on display in the video above from YouTuber Arekkz Gaming
The downside? Shield’s degrade just like weapons in Breath of the Wild, and riding down a hill while standing on your shield causes it to wear down, too. I personally suffered multiple shield breaks while surfing during my time with the game at E3.
The video doesn’t describe exactly how to shield surf, so I figure I’ll tell you now. It’s a little complicated as it requires some timing and button presses. You need to be standing on or near a slope, hold the left trigger to pull out your shield, jump, press A while in the air and land on the slope itself. From there, weapons work just like they normally do.
We don’t have a precise release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild yet, but the game is scheduled to launch for both the Wii U and Nintendo NX at the same time. It’ll be a launch title for the NX, and that’s expected in March 2017.