Earlier this week it was announced that Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been postponed to next year. This wasn’t exactly a surprise, but a shame, nonetheless. But to soften the blow little bitNintendo also shared a very small new snippet from the game.
By excerpt, I really mean the excerpt. It was a case of “blink of an eye and you’ll miss it”. However, after playing shy all the time The latest trailer for Breath of the Wild 2this delay announcement finally revealed Link’s front, and more of his damaged arm (with said Corruption appearing as if it was also starting to work its way through Link’s chest).
It also showed that the Master Sword looks a little worse in terms of wear. In fact, it seemed quite devastating.
But this little nugget of modernity was all it took. Now, the internet is once again awash with new theories and speculation about what the not-yet-officially named Nintendo will be like.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into it.
First, let’s talk about the titular princess. There have always been calls to play Zelda, and when the sequel was first announced, it seemed like this would be the game to do so (I know you can play as Zelda in Hyrule Warriors, but I’m talking about the main Zelda games for the purpose of this article). But while the princess did not appear in the delay announcement, there was a mysterious golden energy.
This has led some to speculate that Zelda is that golden energy, as the light is very similar to the aura that glows around her during Breath of the Wild’s final clash with Calamity Ganon. Perhaps, as in Spirit Tracks, Zelda will be a part of this game as a physical and spiritual character, this time associated with the Master Sword.
Yes, look at the colors here, pretty much identical. pic.twitter.com/1lGaOkfKNm
– Swift (@Swifter1243) March 29, 2022
As for the Master Sword, well, there are also theories now that Skyward Sword’s Fi is ready for the second round to be Link’s companion. This theory stems from the glowing blue pulse emitted by the sword during the new shots. I hope this theory is wrong, but we’ll see.
Meanwhile, the state the Master Sword is in has left many guessing that repairing the Legendary Seal, Dark Seal, Blade would be a huge part of the Breath of the Wild 2 story. Can it be shattered, with various pieces now scattered across Hyrule’s lands (and sky) ?
Elsewhere, some suggested that the Golden Glow was not Zelda, but would be a key to repairing the Master Sword. This theory operates on the premise that the glow here would be similar to the sacred fire found in the Skyward Sword. These pockets of golden “energy” could thus be spread across the world map, or at the end of Helian’s dungeons that were not previously visible.
From Master Sword, let’s move on to Link’s arm. We already knew it was damaged thanks to previous trailers, but now we’re taking a closer look at it. This new clip gave us a look at not only the corruption, but also the way Link’s hand is now formed. He now appears to have a more sinister appendage and a ‘claw’, with sharp (and well-shaped) nails.
This hand is remarkably similar to the hand on Ganon’s corpse that was first seen in the announcement trailer for the sequel. This makes it plausible that Ganon himself was trying to possess Link, but the mysterious green glowing hand also seen in the reveal prevented this transformation from taking place completely.
This look at Link’s arm also gives us another chance to admire the golden handcuffs that contain Corruption. As I just mentioned, the Green Hand seemed to stop the Dark Corruption/Transformation from completely bypassing Link’s body, but it could now be assumed that these handcuffs were necessary to keep Ganon’s evil away long enough for Link to repair the Master Sword and finish Ganon once more.
Another thing we hadn’t seen before was the glowing symbol on the back of Link’s hand. While not particularly obvious, this token is definitely not a Triforce token, or even a piece of Triforce.
Instead, it appears to glow in a form akin to the green lettering seen spinning in the sequel’s trailer trailer, which many have guessed is related to the lost tribe of Zonai. This token appears to be the same golden glow that appeared when Link used a new ability as Stasis in the game’s latest trailer (without using the Sheikha menu).
This isn’t the only symbol we see in the new clip. We also see some marks engraved on the ground around the golden glow that could be Zelda or could be the equivalent of a sacred flame. As noted by CryZe on Twitter, these tokens match the markings in the cemetery under Hyrule Castle in the game’s reveal presentation, suggesting a connection between this new location and Ganon’s resting place.
For completeness: Others ended up matching, too. pic.twitter.com/vcFbdYJ3xC
– Crazy (@CryZe107) March 29, 2022
Finally, while this doesn’t add anything to the story theories, another small detail I’d like to point out is the Triforce stitching on Link’s new jacket. That’s really a nice touch from Nintendo.
I’d love to hear if you have any theories of your own on Breath of the Wild 2. I’m excited about these games and will allow myself to get lost in any speculation while we all wait for more concrete news from the Legend of Zelda team at Nintendo.