Nintendo, ever the iconoclasts, selected the newest Nintendo Direct to announce not the GameCube Zelda remakes we’re sure they’ve already completed, nor any info in regards to the upcoming Mario film, however as an alternative to surprise-reveal the official title of Breath of the Wild 2 . It was The Legend Of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Besides, no, sorry about this, we’re by no means going to have the ability to get out of the behavior of calling it Breath of the Wild 2.
Let’s be abundantly clear right here: Tears of the Kingdom (TotK) is a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild in a manner no Zelda sport has been a direct sequel since 1987’s Zelda II: The Journey of Hyperlink. Sure, positive, Majora’s Masks adopted on from Ocarina of Time, and Phantom Hourglass picked up after Wind Waker, however TotK is one thing else. This can be a sport that was brazenly created from the bits left over once they completed BotW, that seemingly builds on the identical base map, that started improvement as DLC for the earlier sport. That is, past any doubt, regardless of how sensible, some extra Breath of the Wild. It’s why that is messing with our brains.
With a few weeks passed by to let the title sink in…it hasn’t. I wager it hasn’t for you, both. I wager your mind presents you “BotW2” earlier than it begins struggling to recollect if it’s “The Tears” or simply “Tears,” then will get misplaced questioning if it might potential be “Tears” as in rips…after which, yeah, we will all agree to simply not hassle.
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Come on, it ought to at the least have been The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Tears of the Kingdom. Certain, they’d perhaps need to launch it in an even bigger field to suit all of it on the quilt, however at the least it might make some type of sense. And it’s not like Japan is averse to the lengthy title. Say hiya, Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors. Or, you realize, White Princess the second ~ Yappari Itto ni Ittemo Soujyanakutemo OK-na Gotsugou Shugi Gakuen Renai Journey.
And look, we at Kotaku know we’re not alone on this.
Heck, far extra individuals have found Kotaku’s protection of the sequel by looking Google for “BOTW” than something mentioning tears or kingdoms. Individuals are going to be so sluggish to activate this!
It additionally actually doesn’t assist that when my eyes learn “TOTK” the very first thing I consider is “TikTok,” and good lord I don’t want that time period being unwillingly stamped on my mind any extra usually than YouTube adverts on my cellphone already do.
After all, that is distracting us from extra essential issues, like how we needs to be organizing worldwide protests to make sure Nintendo doesn’t bloody let weapons break after you faucet them towards a leaf this time round. Are you able to think about? Are you able to think about in the event that they didn’t take heed to the complete world inhabitants’s unanimous settlement that this was a horrible mechanic and the worst side of BotW? Sure. After all you may. It’s Nintendo. I assume they’ll make them break extra usually, however this time every break completely reduces your stamina wheel.
This additionally appears time to declare my absolute conviction that BotW2 will probably be launched to overlap the tip of the Swap period and the launch of the Swap: Professional of the XL-dom (as a result of they clearly gained’t name that a “Swap 2” will they?). As everyone knows, one thing taking place twice beforehand is proof of a sample as everlasting as Hyperlink combating Ganon in each period, so simply as Twilight Princess overlapped the GameCube to the Wii, and BotW stood straddled with a leg in Wii U and Swap, there’s little question in my thoughts this may occur once more. But in addition, when it doesn’t, nobody will keep in mind I predicted it with such certainty in an article about one thing else.
Within the meantime, let’s not idiot ourselves. It’s BotW2 in our hearts, and it all the time will probably be. I worry for these poor individuals in Nintendo’s advertising division, crying their kingdom tears at our folly.