That was something.
Zelda Gaiden II – Breath of the Wild: Electric Boogaloo
Well, this came out of nowhere.
At the very end of the Nintendo Direct, it officially announced the follow up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. No title, no date. All it said was this:
“The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development.”
Now, you may think that this is very far out from release and that this hurts it. But to be honest, I think this is closer than you may think. Specifically, this is coming next Christmas.
For one, it seems to be reusing a lot of the assets and map in the original game, as well as maintain the game’s art style. And Nintendo needs something big itself to help push Switch sales for next Holiday to help combat Project Scarlett and PlayStation 5.
But there is also presidence for this in the past. In 1999, Nintendo announced an expansion for Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64, known as Zelda: Gaiden. The expansion, which used assets from Ocarina, would become a full game and release a year later on the N64 as Zelda no Densetsu: Mujura no Kamen – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
Nintendo managed to turn around Majora’s Mask in quick time because of the aforementioned reusing of assets from Ocarina. Nintendo doesn’t have the prescident of showing gameplay or in-game assets unless it was a game that was coming out relatively soon.
Breath of the Wild is one of the decade’s best games. Needless to say, I am fully in for what comes next.
It’s almost as if a million voices cried at once, ‘please Nintendo – Animal Crossing Switch’. And it heard them.
Nearly a year after its first teaser, Nintendo finally officially unveiled the new Animal Crossing game, subtitled New Horizons. This time, your villager will set up life on a desert island. Unfortunately, the Nooks have followed you back to the island and are demanding coins off you for the pleasure of your staying on the island. Little shits.
It was previously announced for a 2019 release, but Nintendo’s pushing it back to 2020. But we now also have a firm date for it too: March 20, 2020. Welp, time to put my life, work and projects on hold forever now.
I promise what I’m about to say isn’t hyperbole, but when that trailer hit, never had I felt such a cathartic release of happiness and joy since Dale Cooper’s return and the ‘I Am The FBI’ scene in the Twin Peaks return.
What a wonderful moment. March 2020 can’t come soon enough!
“Hey, I’ve seen this trailer before! It’s Smash-related.”
“It’s Donkey Kong, but with King K Rool on the floor this time.”
*shows outline of mysterious but popular characters*
*shows Dog and Duck from Duckhunt*
*busts out laughing*
*shows another set of characters bashing them out the video*
“NO. FUCKING. WAY.”
Banjo-Kazooie are back in a Nintendo game this Autumn.
– In addition to Banjo-Kazooie, Nintendo also announced at the start of the Direct that Dragon Quest Hero for Smash this Summer. BUT BANJO, MAN!
– Dragon Quest XI S now has a date, September 27. But why wasn’t this announced last night at Square Enix’s show?
– Luigi’s Mansion 3 got its big blowout. But no date besides it still being a 2019 game. Don’t know why Nintendo decided not to give it a Halloween date. Maybe it still will, but figured this was an obvious opening.
– The Dark Crystal is coming to Switch in a new game this year. Netflix announced the new Jim Henson show a few weeks back and is due to hold an E3 panel this week, so expect more details on it then.
– The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is coming out September 20 and as I’m writing this, Eiji Aonuma is demoing the game live on Nintendo Treehouse Live AND OH GOD GIMMIE IT NOW.
– A new Mana game is coming to Switch in 2020, with the collection of legacy Mana games out now on the Switch eShop. Cool.
– Well, this is a bombshell. The Witcher 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch this year. And it’s coming not as a cloud version, but natively on one card, no code to download additional content. That is legitimately impressive. That said, it’ll be interesting to see how the game runs considering a majority of the ports for the system so far have previously been from last-gen. And especially of a game on the scale of The Witcher 3.
– Fire Emblem: Three Houses is still coming July 25 and still looks brilliant.
– Resident Evil 5 and 6 is coming to Nintendo Switch this year. That just leaves Resident Evil 7, then. And maybe 2. It’s not impossible to bring it over, as The Witcher 3 has now shown.
– No More Heroes 3 is officially a thing and is a Nintendo Switch exclusive out next year.
– Contra is back. Contra: Rogue Corps is coming in September for consoles and PC, but a 10-in-1 collection of past Contra games is out now for the consoles’ digital stores.
– Daemon x Machina finally has a date, September 13. I really should play that demo.
– Hey, a Panzer Dragoon remake is happening! And it’s coming out this year on Switch!
– Nintendo did a thing on Pokemon Sword and Shield, but I wasn’t really paying attention truthfully.
– We got a new look at Astral Chain for the first time since its reveal earlier this year. Still looks awesome, still coming August 30, but that logo is really awful. Nitpicking, I know, but still.
– We finally got first deets on what Brenda and John Romero’s project with Paradox Interactive is about. Romero Games’ Empire of Sin is a mafia-themed strategy game that launches Spring 2020.
– A bit on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Coming next month.
– Cadence of Hyrule from the makers of Crypt of the Necrodancer, based around Zelda, is launching on Thursday! If Necrodancer is anything, this’ll be gooooooood!
– Mario and Sonic at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got out next. That’s out in November.
Nintendo really brought out the big guns here. Animal Crossing and Banjo-Kazooie would have been enough to really drive it home, but then, a Breath of the Wild sequel to end it (to the point it wasn’t in the Direct when it was shown to journalists under embargo) was the cherry on top.
It doesn’t get a solid ten because unlike Microsoft, not everything appealed to me. But everything else did and did so in a big way. It showed that the rest of Nintendo’s year for Switch is going to very fucking good.
E3 writeup roundup:
- EA – 3/10
- Google 4/10
- Ubisoft – 5/10
- Bethesda – 7/10
- Square Enix – 7/10
- Devolver – 8/10
- Nintendo – 9/10
- Microsoft – 10/10