While the Nintendo Direct wasn’t the rallying announcement of the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda that many were hoping for, it definitely wasn’t devoid of news. Here’s everything my fellow Zelda lovers need to know.
Breath of the Wild 2 Update
Everyone wants Breath of the Wild 2. I know it, you know it, Nintendo knows it. Eiji Aonuma, the producer of the Legend of Zelda, knew it when he appeared on our screens. He quickly proceeded to say that production is coming along “smoothly,” but there’s nothing he can share about it right now.
But. Nintendo plans to give the public more information later in the year. That may not seem the most promising for a release date within 2021, but it’s something.
Skyward Sword HD
Rather, Aonuma graced our eyeballs to announce a more imminent Zelda release: the remastered HD version of Skyward Sword. (You know, the same one that was listed on Amazon months ago, by accident.)
Now, if you’re thinking, “Nooo, that’s the one with the annoying motion controls!,” you’re in luck. This remastered version will offer the option for buttons only gameplay, so you can swing the sword with the right joystick instead of your entire arm.
Of course, swinging your sword and shield with the Joy-Cons will also be an option. You can also use them to wield the bow and arrow.
The remaster of Skyward Sword will come out on July 16.
Skyward Sword Joy-Cons
As a little addendum, also on July 16, Nintendo will also release fancy Skyward Sword-themed Joy-Cons. Just in case you forget which one is the sword.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC
Unsurprisingly, there will be a DLC for Hyrule Warriors. And all indicators point that the highlight of the DLC will be the addition of Purah and Robbie as playable characters. (Insert epic Robbie pose here.)
The $20 package will come in two waves, one in June and one in November. In addition to (we presume) our favorite ancient tech specialists, the DLC will also include new stages, challenges in the Royal Ancient Lab (!), new weapons, new enemies and new character skills.
So, no, Breath of the Wild 2 is not magically coming out next week. But hey, I’ll take it.