Nintendo, ever the iconoclasts, chose the latest Nintendo Direct to announce not the GameCube Zelda remakes we’re sure they’ve already finished, nor any info about the future Mario moviebut instead to surprise-reveal the official title of Breath of the Wild 2 . It was The Legend Of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Except, no, sorry about this, we’ll never be able to get out of the habit of calling it Breath of the Wild 2.
Let’s be absolutely clear here: The tears of the kingdom (TotK) is a direct sequel to The Wild Spirit in a way no Zelda the game has been a direct sequel since the 1987s Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Yes sure, Majora’s Mask followed from The Ocarina of Timeand Phantom hourglass picked up after Wind wakes upbut TotK is something else. This is a game that was obviously created from the bits that were left over when they were finished OTWto apparently based on the same basic map, which began development as DLC for the previous game. This is without a doubt, however brilliant, something more The Wild Spirit. That’s why it messes with our brains.
With a few weeks gone to let the title sink in… it hasn’t. I bet it’s not for you either. I bet your brain offers you “BotW2” before it starts struggling to remember if it is “The tears” or just “Tears,” then gets lost and wonders if it could be “Tears” as in currants … and then, well, we can all agree to just not 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, they might have to release it in a bigger box to fit it all on the cover, but at least it would make some kind of sense. And it’s not like Japan is against the long title. Say hello, 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 at my box know that we are not alone in this.
Damn, long more people have discovered my box‘s coverage of the sequel by searching Google for “BOTW” than anything mentioning tears or kingdoms. People will be so slow to turn this on!
It also certainly doesn’t help that when my eyes read “TOTK,” the first thing I think of is “TikTok,” and good lord, I don’t need that term involuntarily stamped on my brain more often than YouTube- ads on my phone already do.
Of course, this distracts us from more important things, like how we should organize international protests to make sure Nintendo doesn’t let guns break when you hit them against a blade this time. Can you imagine? Can you imagine if they didn’t listen to the unanimous agreement of the entire world population that this was a terrible mechanic and the worst aspect of OTW? Yes. Of course you can. It’s Nintendo. I assume they will make them break more often, but this time each break permanently reduces your stamina wheel.
This also seems like a good time to declare my absolute conviction about it BotW2 will be released to overlap the end of the Switch era and the launch of Switch: Pro from the XL domain (because they clearly don’t want to call to a “Switch 2” will they?). As we all know, something that has happened twice before is proof of a pattern as eternal as Link fighting Ganon in every era, so Twilight Princess overlapped the GameCube with the Wii, and OTW straddled the Wii U and Switch, there is no doubt in my mind that this will happen again. But also, when it doesn’t, no one will remember that I predicted it with such certainty in an article about something else.
In the meantime, let’s not fool ourselves. It is BotW2 in our hearts and always will be. I fear for the poor people in Nintendo’s marketing department who are crying the tears of their kingdom over our folly.