Nintendo, ever the iconoclasts, chose the latest Nintendo Direct to announce no GameCube Zelda remake we are sure they are already finished, no info either for the upcoming Mario filmbut instead of surprise-reveal its official title Breath of the Wild 2 . It was The Legend Of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Except, no, sorry about that, we’ll never be able to get out of the habit of calling it Breath of the Wild 2.
Let’s be clear here: Tears of the Kingdom (TotK) it is one direct continue to Breath of the Wild somehow not Zelda The game is a direct sequel from 1987 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Yes definitely, Majora’s mask followed by Ocarina of Timeand Ghost Hourglass then pick up Wind Wakerbut TotK it’s something else. This is a game that was created openly from the pieces that were left over when they were finished BotWthat apparently based on the same basemap, which began development as DLC for the previous game. This is, beyond doubt, as brilliant as it is, something more Breath of the Wild. That’s why it messes with our brains.
With a few weeks to let the title sink in…it hasn’t. I bet it doesn’t apply to you either. I bet your brain gives youBotW2“Before he starts having trouble remembering if he is”The tears” or simply “Tears”, then it fades away wondering if it could be “Tears” as in rips…and then, yes, we can all agree not to bother.
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Come on, at least it should have been The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Tears of the Kingdom. Sure, maybe they should release it in a bigger box to fit it all on the cover, but at least it would make sense. And it’s not that Japan is averse to the long title. Say hi, Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors. Or, you know, White Princess the Second ~ Yappari Itto ni Ittemo Soujyanakutemo OK-na Gotsugou Shugi Gakuen Renai Adventure.
And look, we Kotaku you know we are not alone in this.
Good, far away more people have discovered KotakuGoogling the sequel by searching for “BOTW” rather than anything that mentions tears or kingdoms. People will take a long time to activate it!
It also certainly doesn’t help that when my eyes read “TOTK” the first thing I think of is “TikTok” and hey, I don’t need the term accidentally typed into my brain more often than YouTube ads on my phone already.
Of course, this distracts us from more important matters, like how we’re going to have to organize international protests to make sure Nintendo doesn’t bloody let the guns break after you slap them on a card this time. Can you imagine? Can you imagine if they didn’t hear the unanimous agreement of the entire world population that he was a terrible engineer and the worst aspect of BotW? Yes. Of course you can. It’s Nintendo. I guess they’ll make them break more often, but this time each break permanently lowers your stamina.
It also seems a good time to state my firm belief that BotW2 will be released to overlap the end of the Switch era and the release of Switch: Pro of the XL-dom (because they clearly won’t call that a “Switch 2” will they?). As we all know, something that has happened twice before is evidence of a pattern as eternal as Link fighting Ganon in every era, just as twilight princess overlay of GameCube on Wii and BotW I’ve been stuck with one foot on the Wii U and Switch, there’s no doubt in my mind that this will happen again. But also, when it doesn’t, no one will remember that I predicted it so confidently in an article about something else.
In the meantime, let’s not kid ourselves. Of BotW2 in our hearts, and always will be. I fear for those poor people in Nintendo’s marketing department, crying their hearts out over our stupidity.