Nintendo won E3.
At the end of Nintendo’s Day One E3 presentation, they shocked gamers everywhere with a trailer announcing a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game will be for the Nintendo Switch.
In the announcement trailer, we got a glimpse at the new threat facing Hyrule.
However, it might just be an old foe who has come back to wreak havoc.
A new baddie, or a returning threat?
At the end of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the main villain Demise swore to return one day. Well, it looks like that day might have come.
Demise is no Ganon, but he is very threatening. After being defeated, he says that Link and Zelda‘s bloodline are cursed to forever fight his incarnations. Ganon’s many appearances in Zelda games appear to be the fulfillment of that promise. However, now that Ganon is dead in the Breath of the Wild universe, Demise might be back to handle the matter himself.
However, if it is not Demise, we have another idea. That symbol on the right looks a lot like a medallion you might see on a sage. Sages are godlike beings in the Zelda universe that help keep order across Hyrule. If it is not Demise, perhaps this is a dark or corrupted sage that is trying to come back to destroy the land of Hyrule.
Playing as Zelda?
In the trailer, a mysterious power appears to infect Link’s right arm. We think this means one of two things.
Option 1: Link is out of commission
This could mean that Link is in trouble. He could very well be corrupted or on the brink of death. If he is corrupted, then Zelda has to free his mind and break the spell. If he is on the brink of death, then Zelda has to find the cure for what ails him. In both of these scenarios, Zelda would be at the forefront of the game rather than Link. Honestly, we are 100% down to play a game entirely as Zelda.
Option 2: Link has new powers
This glowing arm stuff could also mean that Link literally has new tricks up his sleeve. For all we know, Link has new magical abilities that can be used for both adventuring and combat. This could be cool, but between the two options, we like the one where we play as Zelda trying to save Link more.
Callbacks to Majora’s Mask?
In the trailer, Link and Zelda appear to be searching under Hyrule Castle. While there, they find an ancient evil that is spiraling this ominous looking energy upwards into the land of Hyrule. At the end of the trailer, we see Hyrule Castle begin to sink into the ground. Immediately, this gave us the same vibes as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
We can’t help but notice a ton of similarities. Like Majora’s Mask, this game is a sequel to a smash hit that came out only a few years prior. It also uses a similar overworld and similar characters. Finally, in Majora’s Mask, you are trying to save Termina from being destroyed by a falling moon. In this game, you appear to be trying to save Hyrule from a similar fate.
What we’re anticipating is a very similar experience. We are guessing that the Breath of the Wild sequel will include many side-missions that feed into the main story. If we finally get to play as Zelda, this would mean that the princess herself is helping out the citizens of Hyrule with their problems.
What do we want?
We only found out this game was coming out a few hours ago, and we already have a list of demands.
At the end of the day, we are hoping for a dark game like Majora’s Mask. We want to play as Zelda, and fight an ancient evil that is threatening to destroy everything she just saved.
We want an ominous, gloomy aura throughout the game that is only stifled by the joy that comes from helping out the colorful cast of supporting characters.
Breath of the Wild was unlike any Zelda game we have played before. The fact that this is its own game rather than more DLC is incredible. We don’t have a release date yet, but we can only hope that Nintendo will divulge more in the coming months.