A Hyrule Rumour: A Second Zelda Game Could Be Switch Bound In 2019
The last full Nintendo Direct delivered the revelation that The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - an absolute classic of the series' 1990s period, originally released on Game Boy and subsequently revised for the Game Boy Color - will be coming out for Switch, remade in gorgeously cute visuals, before 2019 is out.
And now comes a rumour of something more. As reported on Nintendo Life, a noted leaker by the online handle of Vergeben posted on Game FAQs that another 2D Zelda game would be released for the digital eShop this year.
Nintendo Life notes that Vergeben has an inconsistent record when it comes to this kind of information - but they're not without hits. The same leaker was right about several additions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Ridley, Ice Climbers, Ken, Incineroar and Simon Belmont did all join the game's ranks.
But they were also behind that bizarre rumour that a new Star Fox game would be announced, and that it'd be a racing game. Some you win, some you lose.
But in this instance, it's not too much of a stretch, at all, to see another Zelda game come out for Switch, on the eShop - especially as there's a few to choose from, in Nintendo's past-gen archives. A pair of 2D Zeldas - the 1986 Famicom/NES original and its sequel, 1987's The Adventure of Link - are already on the platform, via the Switch Online subscription service.
What's been long requested is the addition of Super Famicom/Nintendo games to the Online service - and so far as any of us know, this seems entirely possible, with data miners uncovering a series of SNES titles in the online app. And yes, the list of 22 games included 1991's evergreen The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
One of the most critically celebrated games of all time, A Link to the Past is available to purchase on the 3DS Virtual Console, features on the SNES Classic mini-console, and also came to both the Wii and Wii U digitally. There's no doubt at all in my mind that if it comes to Switch, I will play it all over again - just as I did in the early 1990s, and then on the 3DS, and then the SNES Classic. It's one of those - a genuine all-timer, an experience that nobody shouldn't play at least once.
But, what other 2D options are there? With the Switch Online service focused on multiplayer, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords - originally released on Game Boy Advance, alongside that handheld's A Link to the Past port, in 2002 - could be a good shout. Spinning off of that, there's Four Swords Adventures to consider, a GameCube release of 2004 that earned healthy critical acclaim.
Or, maybe, we could be looking at something totally new for the Zelda series? A chibi-style 'demake' of Breath of the Wild, anyone? Nah, it's going to be A Link to the Past if it's anything, isn't it.
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