Folks, there is hope that we’ll be hearing about the Breath of the Wild sequel tomorrow. It has, after all, been almost four years to the date since the beloved game first graced our world. Is it time? Maybe, I don’t know, let’s look at what we know.
How long have we been waiting for Breath of the Wild 2?
Almost four years, my friends. Breath of the Wild graced our Switches in March 2017. Chuck in a pandemic and those four years feel like 14.
What do we actually know about it?
Uh, not much, but we can speculate!
At E3 two years ago, Nintendo officially announced the sequel was in development. The company even shared a little teaser from the game, the crowd went wild.
So, what does the teaser tell us? Well, Link and Zelda are together and Zelda got a haircut. That much is obvious. Together, they enter a dungeon beneath Hyrule and come across that not-at-all creepy dead body, who some fans reckon could be Ganondorf.
And then it comes alive.
I don’t know though, could we be fighting another Ganondorf again? Or maybe this Ganondorf is different. Maybe it’s not pure evil? I don’t know! Tell me, Nintendo, tell me!
After the teaser, the Zelda news went quiet.
In saying that, however, Nintendo is known for keeping things firmly under lock and key until whatever it is it’s working on is ready. After all, we are talking about the Breath of the Wild sequel here, so they want to get it right.
Why do fans think Breath of the Wild 2 is coming out soon?
Since the franchise’s inception in 1986, Legend of Zelda fans haven’t had to wait too long for a new chapter. The Adventure of Link came out in 1987, A Link to the Past followed in 1991, Link’s Awakening in 1993, and so on and so forth, so fans know we’re due for another one. It’s been four years, it’s time.
Not to mention, this month (21 February, 1986) marks 35 years of Zelda. Surely, surely, it’s time.
Currently, Nintendo is at the tail end of celebrating 35 years of Super Mario Bros., hence all the recent Mario content and collaborations. I don’t know when the celebration will officially come to an end, but I’m guessing March 31st since that’s when Super Mario 3D All Stars disappears from the eShop.
And then maybe, just maybe, the Year of Mario will transition into the Year of Zelda.
Oh, and this itty bitty thing called a Nintendo Direct is happening on Thursday, “featuring roughly 50 minutes of information” focused on current and future games.
Summoning BotW 2 and remasters for OoT, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess #NintendoDirect pic.twitter.com/RbiihDniXR
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What time is the Nintendo Direct livestream?
In Australia, the Nintendo Direct livestream will begin at 9.00am AEDT on Thursday, so set your reminders.
Smash that link in the tweet below on broadcast day to watch it live.
Tune in tomorrow at 9:00am AEDT / 11:00am NZDT for a #NintendoDirect livestream featuring roughly 50 minutes of information focussed on available games like #SmashBrosUltimate and games coming to #NintendoSwitch in the first half of 2021.
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— Nintendo AU NZ (@NintendoAUNZ) February 16, 2021
For those keeping score at home, this is Nintendo’s first full direct since September 2019.
Is there a release date?
Nooooope, but word around the block is that Nintendo is eyeing the 2021 holiday season. This is purely a rumour though, we just can’t be sure until Nintendo actually announces something official.
Plus, even if Nintendo plans to release the game this year I’d still expect delays. Delays are common in the industry, especially recently (re: the pandemic).
That’s the long and short of it, really. Nintendo is up to something, but what that is will remain a mystery until tomorrow morning.
Stay tuned and godspeed.