The Kingdom's tears logo has been crossed out and replaced with Breath of the Wild 2.

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Nintendo, ever the iconoclasts, announced the latest Nintendo Direct, not the GameCube Zelda remakes, we’re pretty sure they’ve already finished, nor any info about the upcoming Mario moviebut instead reveal the surprise-official name Breath of the Wild 2 . it happened The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Except, no, sorry about that, we’ll never get out of the habit of calling him. Breath of the Wild 2.

Let’s be very clear here: Tears of the kingdom (TotK) a live continuation Breath of the Wild somehow not Zelda The game is a direct sequel from 1987 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. yes i’m sure Majora’s mask followed from Ocarina of Timeand Phantom hourglass then collected The Wind WakerBut TotK it’s something else. This is a game that was clearly created from the bits that were left over after it was finished OTWthat apparently builds on same base map, which began development as DLC for the previous game. It’s certainly a bit more, as brilliant as it is Breath of the Wild. So it messes with our brains.

It took a few weeks to let the title sink in…it didn’t. I’m sure it’s not for you either. I guess your brain is suggesting you”BotW2“before you have trouble remembering if”Tears” or simply “Tears,” then loses it thinking it might be “Tears”… and then, yeah, we can all agree not to worry.

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Come on, at least it was meant to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Tears of the Kingdom. Sure, maybe they’ll have to release it in a bigger box to fit it all in the cover, but at least it would make sense. And it’s not like Japan is shying away from a 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 my box we know we are not alone in this.

heck away more people discovered my box‘s coverage of the sequel by searching Google for “BOTW” more than anything that mentions tears or kingdoms. People will be very slow to open it!

It certainly doesn’t help that when my eyes say “TOTK,” the first thing that comes to mind is “TikTok,” and I don’t need that term involuntarily stamped on my brain any more often than YouTube ads on my page. the phone already does.

Of course, this distracts us from more important issues, like how we should organize international protests to prevent Nintendo from letting weapons break after touching a leaf this time. Can you imagine? Can you imagine if they hadn’t listened to the unanimous opinion of the entire world’s population that it was terrible mechanics and the worst part of the job. OTW? Yes. Of course you can. This is Nintendo. I assume they will break more often, but this time each break permanently reduces your stamina wheel.

This seems a good time to state my firm conviction BotW2 It’s the end of the Switch era and XL-dom Pro will be released to coincide with the release of Switch: Pro (because they obviously won’t call. that a “Open 2” will they?). As we all know, an event that has happened twice before is proof of the eternal pattern of Link fighting Ganon in every era. Twilight Princess The GameCube overlapped with the Wii and OTW Having one foot on the Wii U and Switch, I have no doubt it will happen again. And when it doesn’t, no one will remember that I predicted so confidently in an article about something else.

In the meantime, let’s not fool ourselves. this BotW2 in our hearts and always will be. I fear for the poor people in Nintendo’s marketing department crying over the stupidity of their empire.

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