Could A Wind Waker Remaster Replace Breath Of The Wild 2?
Sigh, it's like last year all over again. 2021 was a bit of a bummer for video game delays, as the likes of Hogwarts Legacy, Dying Light 2, and God of War Ragnarok all missed their 2021 release and were pushed into this year. In a case of history repeating itself, and even though we’re only in March, we've already seen Gotham Knights and (now) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 lose their potential to be some of 2022's biggest games.
The writing was already on the wall for Breath of the Wild 2, but some five years after its Zelda predecessor released, it looks like we're going to have a wait a little longer to save Hyrule for the umpteenth time. Fans seem to be okay with the delay for now - going with the mantra of it's best not to rush. Thankfully, they've come up with their own solution to the Link-shaped hole in our lives.
Could Wind Waker Replace Breath Of The Wild 2?
It's a tale as old as time, with Nintendo fans once again calling for a modern reimagining of the 2002 classic. Breaking from the gritty style of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Wind Waker and its adorable cel-shaded style have earned itself a strange place in the franchise's legacy. While some loved it, others disliked the childlike themes and pined for another depressing Zelda entry. Still, it's a cult classic in its own right.
In response to Breath of the Wild's delay, the Twitterverse has exploded with calls for Wind Waker to take its place. When fan account @PrincessHyrule shared a tweet that championed a Wind Waker re-release this year, the comments and quote tweets exploded with happy Hylians. One fan wrote, "An actual remake of twilight princess/wind waker would come in handy right now," while another added: "Holy dang, if Wind Waker and Twilight Princess came out on the Switch, I wouldn't see daylight for a month..."
Not everyone agreed though. Someone else shared the cover of Four Sword Adventures and wrote, "This is this only objectively correct Zelda game that needs a port/remaster." Another concluded, "Y'all are asking for remasters of remasters what the hell." Finally, a third reminded us of what happened with last year's Skyward Sword HD release: "Id like to see twilight princess and wind waker get 60 fps but they'll release it for 60$ each and sell a 24$ amiibo that has locked content again."
Could We Really See A Wind Waker Remake?
It's true that we've had remastered versions of both Wind Waker and Twilight Princess before. However, both of those are currently locked to the Wii U. With its online shop destined for the grave, we're even more hopeful that more classic Zelda games will get some much-needed attention. We've been here before with rumours of remakes, and it was late last year we were told "no more" to the idea of future Zelda revamps.
Remembering the GameCube favourite is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Japan release on December 13, a Wind Waker re-release could be a major money-spinner for Nintendo. Then again, there are sure to be those usual complaints that Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, or any other re-releases are a cheap cash grab on the lauded series. We'd say Nintendo could re-release Wind Waker as part of the Switch's online catalogue, but let's be honest, the publisher is never going to pass up on the chance to pocket a few extra dollars.