Hey guys! I’m finally getting around to breaking down the newest look Nintendo gave us of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2! Whenever something Legend of Zelda gets shown, I always revert back to a child, and this time was no different! This series is very dear to my heart, and Breath of the Wild is a game that served as a comfort for me during a really hard time in my life, so I was super excited when they announced they would be making a sequel! For awhile since then, I know all of us Zelda fans have been waiting for more word on that, and we finally got a trailer during Nintendo’s direct at E3 a few weeks ago!
This trailer is so beautiful, and I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on this game! Although the trailer says we’ll only have to wait until next year, I have a feeling, considering the first one’s record, we’ll have to wait a bit longer than that. For now, why don’t we have a little breakdown of this trailer and see if we can formulate any theories as to what exactly is going down in this game? Before we get into that, let’s first watch the trailer!
This game keeps the beautiful graphics of the first one, but it takes it’s open world setting further by bringing Link into the sky!
We open with some interesting cuts, with whatever that red stuff is (definitely has something to do with Calamity Ganon) going up Link’s arm, which is reminiscent of the scene we saw in the last BotW2 trailer. We see what appears to be a reawakened Calamity Ganon, which is just lovely. Also, there’s Zelda falling into a hole…
Then we get to Link falling from the sky, and this is where I get excited! This year is Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary, and to celebrate, Nintendo is releasing Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch! This was the second Zelda game I played, directly after Twilight Princess, and it’s very near the top of my favorites. But why bring up Skyward Sword?
If you’ve played Skyward Sword, then you probably noticed how familiar this scene in the trailer is. In SS, Link lives in Skyloft, which is an island in the sky. It is a colony of sky islands, in fact, and the sky islands we see in this trailer sure are familiar, aren’t they? As I mentioned in an earlier post, Skyward Sword is the first Zelda game in the official timeline, so Breath of the Wild takes place thousands and thousands of years after it. Could Link be returning to his ancestors’ birthplace? I saw the site GameRant talking about how Nintendo releasing Skyward Sword HD right when Breath of the Wild 2 is on everyone’s mind is not a coincidence, and I whole-heartedly agree.
I will return to this scene in a moment to discuss Link’s appearance later on.
We see Link journeying through what remains of Hyrule again. We have the same enemies, but also some new, from the looks of whatever that statue/guardian looking thing is! It also looks like Link has some new gadgets, including a flame thrower! This takes the jokes about Link being a pyromaniac a bit further…
In between these scenes, we also get a strange shot of Link’s arm, which, again, I will return to in a moment.
The next scene…I’m not sure what to make of it. The water droplet is clearly related to the towers from the first game, but it doesn’t appear to be the same towers. And I’m not all too sure about what Link’s way of getting to the top is all about, but it must have something to do with that new arm…
Finally, we see Hyrule Castle being lifted into the air as a new version of Zelda’s Lullaby plays. I have this feeling that terrible is going to happen to her. Actually, I was getting hyped that maybe we would be able to play as Zelda in this game, and perhaps Link was the one in need of rescuing this time, but that does not seem to be the case. But still, I wonder if Ganon is taking Zelda and the castle to the sky, and that’s where the final showdown will take place. Will Breath of the Wild 2 be bring Legend of Zelda to full circle?
There’s really not a lot shown in this trailer, but there is enough content for theory making.
I want to talk about Link’s new get-up here.
So he’s ditched the ponytail, which I’m a fan of ;). It looks like he’s got some new outfits, which I’m excited about since that was one of my favorite parts of the first game. BUT we have to talk about the elephant in the room…
What’s with the arm?
So I didn’t even notice the arm until my third time watching the trailer, and from there I noticed the marks on his body as well. At first I thought it was like, a completely new arm. Maybe it is? But I’m starting to wonder if it’s just something over his arm. Although I kind of like the idea of it being a completely new arm a bit more interesting/exciting.
As I mentioned above, the first scene in the trailer depicts that red fire stuff engulfing that same arm. In the first trailer, we also see stuff going on with his arm, with that green light. I also think it is this arm that is giving him these new abilities and stuff.
The way the black kind of fades out into the markings on his shoulder and back makes me think even more that this is a new arm. Let’s go back to that spilt-second scene in between showing around Hyrule. We see this same arm being lit up, and it looks like Link is laying on something, a table of some sort. Back to the first trailer, we see an arm very similar to this one seemingly draining power (or maybe giving power) from/to Ganon’s body. Could this arm have been…er…attached to Link somehow?
As usually, only time will tell. As I said, I have a bad feeling this game won’t be releasing next year, as the first game ended up being delayed multiple times before it finally released in 2017. But maybe we’ll get a pleasant surprise this time around? I certainly hope so, because I need to know more about Link’s arm, Ganon, and if we’re really getting some Skyward Sword throwback time.
What do you think about this trailer? Do you have any theories, or perhaps something you’d like me to make a post on? Let me know in the comments! God bless you all, and have a wonderful weekend!
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2 thoughts on “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer Breakdown”
I didn’t even notice the arm. I really hope there aren’t too many delays after dropping that kind of detail.
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I hope so as well, @CTAlberich!