Why we can see “Breath of the Wild 2”

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There’s a Nintendo Direct coming up. It might seem unlikely, but the company is finally set to give us its first full live stream since September 2019, and it arrives tomorrow, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. PT. As usual, the content is a bit of a mystery, but we do know a few things: we will definitely see Super Smash Bros., which in this context means new fighters. And, aside from that, we’re focusing on the games that will release in the first half of 2021.

Nevertheless, Breath of the Wild 2 started to become a trend because you can’t limit good speculation. And while I’m skeptical, there are good reasons people expect to hear more about this – and other Zelda stuff – soon. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon.

We’re currently in a Mario year, where Nintendo celebrated the Plumber’s 35th birthday with a slew of Mario-themed releases, Super Mario 3D All Stars To Mario 35, the game and the watch Super Mario Bros. console, Lego Super Mario, etc. It’s a little spongy, but I believe the celebration ends on March 31, 2021, when Super Mario 3D All Stars also leaves the eShop in a period of artificial scarcity.

After that? Well the original Super Mario Bros. was released on NES in 1985. THE Legend of Zelda came out a year later, in 1986. That means we’re stepping into the 35th anniversary of Zelda, Link, and Ganon, and it seems entirely possible that Nintendo will mark the occasion as they did with Mario.

What could this imply? i would like to play The awakening of the wind on my Switch, for starters, and it’s easy to imagine some sort of companion for Super Mario 3D All Stars—a compilation with games like Wind waker, Ocarina of time and Twilight Princess. I would predict that such a compilation would skip Majora’s Mask for no other reason than it would really bother people. Sword to the sky is also a possibility, as the Joy-Cons can still replace the Wiimotes that were crucial to movement-controlled combat.

And then there’s the other big deal: the upcoming Zelda game. Breath of the Wild 2, or whatever name we give it. This has already been confirmed with a brief cutscene at E3 2019, but we haven’t heard from it since: I think at this point we can assume production has slowed down due to COVID-19 at one point. At any given time, although with no release date announced, it’s impossible to tell if he received a “delay” in the traditional sense.

My prediction, however, is that we’re not going to spend a lot of time on this stuff, and if we see either one or the other Breath of the Wild 2 or a Zelda collection, that’ll be part of a brief thing at the end. There are two reasons here: the first is that we’re still here for Mario’s 35th birthday, and the plumber is a diva. The second is that when Nintendo announced most of that Mario stuff, it did so in an explicitly Mario-themed direct. With Smash Bros. the only game confirmed on tomorrow’s schedule, we know it won’t be a strictly Zelda show.

I expect to know more about both Breath of the Wild 2 and the probable Zelda collection soon, alongside other assorted birthday stuff like we got with Mario. But I’m just not sure what we’ll see in this particular Nintendo Direct, which Nintendo has specified will be dedicated to Smash Bros. and game sin the first half of 2021. We will see more Pokémon Snap, probably, and we will have a surprise. But my prediction is that all Zelda content will be taped a bit later for a Zelda focused live.

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