How do you follow one of the best games ever made? A true ground breaker, that has pretty much ruined other games, and certainly game journalism, with the need to pursue the next title that can reach its heights? A game with a hype train so large and so powerful that it’s as if it’s powered by the spirits of the lesser games that were put back on the shelf.
Well, I have no idea. But what should it be called?
Warning: some potential spoilers for The Legend of Zelda series, particularly Skyward Sword, Majora’s Mask, and Breath of the Wild and its sequel.
The Legend of Zelda: The Land Below
We already know that BotW 2 will include parts of Hyrule being lifted into the sky. We’ve also seen Link and Zelda exploring the land beneath Hyrule Castle in the first trailer, as well as Zelda falling ‘below’ the castle in the second trailer. Well, to put it simply, I think that The Land Below accurately describes quite a few major aspects of what we know the sequel is going to be about.
Chances of it happening: 2 out of 3 Triforce Pieces
I reckon this has a solid chance of being the title, or at being in the same vein, as it’s simple, relates to the world of the game, and retains the vagueness of Breath of the Wild. The acronym would also be TLB, which is infinitely easier to type than BotW.
The Legend of Zelda: The Return of Ganondorf/Rise of the Triforce/Calamity of the Master Sword
One question we have to ask is, “Why haven’t Nintendo revealed the title already?” Well, Bill Trinen (Senior Director Product Marketing of Nintendo) told IGN that it’s because ‘Zelda names are kind of important’ and that ‘they start to give little bits of hints about maybe what’s going to happen’.
This is quite often relating to the main item or MacGuffin of the game, such as Ocarina of Time or Skyward Sword, but can also relate to a central character such as Twilight Princess or even a hint to the main story such as A Link Between Worlds.
But these titles only really give things away after you’ve played them. I mean, Ocarina of Time could have related to a rhythm time-trial game about woodwind instruments, as much as it could have related to time-travel and the end of the world. Therefore, I feel that Nintendo would have announced the title if it was something unrelated to the series as a whole such as The Legend of Zelda: Crystal Cello.
The aforementioned titles, on the contrary, would certainly give some hints to the plot and connections to the wider series. However, we have already seen allusions to two of them. The first E3 trailer showed us a corpse who we’re pretty sure is the eternal Lego brick in Link’s foot that is Ganondorf, and the most recent trailer showed a broken Master Sword. Therefore, these titles might not give us any more information than we already have, but would confirm the direction of the game’s plot.
As for the Triforce, that legendary artifact that has the power to grant wishes and is often the aim of Ganondorf’s evil plans? Well, it hasn’t been featured in any of the marketing, and was barely in BotW, so its appearance in the title would suggest quite a crucial plot direction.
Chances of it happening: 2.5 out of 3 Triforce pieces.
I think this line of thinking could bear fruit, especially as it goes some way towards explaining why we don’t know the title yet.
The Legend of Zelda: Reversion of Time
The Legend of Zelda likes time travel. It’s a fact. Just look at Ocarina of Time or even Age of Calamity’s time traveling egg-guardian thing.
The first E3 trailer for the sequel also had some reversed music, while the second one literally showed Link reversing time/momentum on a spiked ball and even ‘falling’ upwards through a platform.
Once again, this wouldn’t give too much more away, but could confirm any time-travel elements that Nintendo are keeping to themselves.
Chances of it happening: 1.5 out of 3 Triforce pieces.
Unfortunately, no matter how much I like the title, I don’t think it will happen. That being said, it could reinforce the relationship between Ocarina and BotW that seemed to be being developed in the original, as well as possibly referencing a return to Skyward Sword’s location at the beginning of Zelda’s timeline.
The Legend of Zelda: Demise of Zelda/Link/Hyrule/Hylia
This could be fun. Straight off the bat, we’ll start with the death of one of the leads (most likely Zelda although The Legend of Zelda: Demise of Zelda could be odd) and a reference to the main big-bad of Skyward Sword and precursor to Ganon himself. Go for Demise of Hylia, and double down on the Skyward Sword references, while bringing a touch of divinity to the proceedings. As for spoiler-y titles, you can’t get much bigger than that.
Or the Demise of Hyrule could work, considering having islands lifted from the surface of a continent is probably pretty deathly.
Chances of it happening: 1 out of 3 Triforce pieces.
I think this would be too obvious, plot-wise, although it would certainly raise the hype even further. But since the new game seems to be getting close to Majora’s Masks-levels of dark, maybe it could happen.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2/Part 2/The Sequel to Breath of the Wild
Why not? Just keep it simple, since people are already calling the game Breath of the Wild 2, although Trinen said that Nintendo prefer ‘the sequel to Breath of the Wild’. Actually, what he said was ‘we’re still calling it the sequel to Breath of the Wild’, so what if that was Tom Holland-level slip-up, and that’s going to be the title?
Or it be called Breath of the Wild: Part 2, as that’s just something that happens to sequels to great things. Just ask The Godfather or The Last of Us.
Chances of it happening: 0 out of 3 Triforce pieces.
We’re going to have a subtitle, let’s be honest, or this whole mystery makes no sense.
And that’s it! What do you think of my ideas for titles for the sequel to Breath of the Wild? Do you have any ideas? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for visiting NintendoLink!