Ask just about anybody and they will say that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is easily one of their most anticipated games on Nintendo Switch. The notion isn’t surprising since the original was hailed by critics worldwide and even ended up as one of the highest rated games in history.
Surprisingly, the situation is a bit different on the ground, at least in Japan. The latest “most wanted games” chart from Famitsu has ranked Breath Of The Wild 2 at the 19th spot. Do note that these ranks are based on the readers but Famitsu being the largest gaming magazine of Japan makes it enlightening that gamers there are more interested in other games than seeing Link return.
Breath Of The Wild 2 was just ahead of Luigi’s Mansion 3 and a couple of spots behind Shenmue 3. In fact, Link’s Awakening fared better at the 9th spot with Code Vein just behind. Final Fantasy 7 Remake took first place in the list, followed by Project Sakura Wars, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Persona 5 Royal.
Breath of the Wild 2 was announced at E3 2019 through a Nintendo Direct broadcast. The teaser trailer featured Link and Zelda making their way deep beneath Hyrule Castle before coming across Ganondorf’s dessicated corpse. The long-running antagonist then woke up, signaling that Hyrule needs to be saved yet again.
The sequel, which takes place two years after the original, is still in development for Nintendo Switch. According to some of the original game designers, Breath of the Wild 2 needs to have new playable experiences that exceed the original. One way of achieving this goal will be to change the terrain, but the designers refrained from explaining any further.
You might find it interesting that Breath of the Wild 2 was initially planned as a post-release expansion pack for the original installment. However, when the developers began going through ideas and possibilities, they realized that the whole thing was too ambitious for a mere expansion pack. Hence, they began discussing about putting all of those ideas into a brand new installment.
If you haven’t then you’re highly advised to pick up Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch. There’s still time (a lot actually) before the sequel arrives. Should you be needing any helpful hand in your playthrough, consider going through our handy list of tips that will make your journey easier.
Breath of the Wild 2 remains without a release date but the end of 2020 or early 2021 could be safely marked on a calendar. Nintendo has promised to drop more details when the time is right.