We’ve been playing Breath of the Wild and Link’s Awakening more than any other games on the Switch. Whilst we wait for more information on the sequel to Breath of the Wild, here’s a list of the top 4 Zelda games we want to see remade, or ported onto the Switch!
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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Skyward Sword is a critic favourite Zelda title which dealt with a significant backlash from fans for the lack of exploration. This was one of the main reasons why Breath of the Wild ended up being so open! This criticism might still be fresh in the minds of the producers over at Nintendo, which would explain why we’ve not seen a port of the Wii game even discussed for Switch yet.
Skyward sword struggled to sell at the end of the Wii cycle, shifting less than half of the copies that Twilight Princess managed in 2006 (3.67 million compared to 8.85 million). However, Nintendo will likely be encouraged by recent record sales figures for Breath of the Wild. Link’s Awakening on Switch has already sold almost 90% of Skyward Sword’s total since its release in September 2019 – showing a growing appetite for Zelda titles on the Switch.
Skyward Sword will hopefully be available on Switch relatively soon. But with a project of this scale, it’s unlikely to occur close to the release of Breath of the Wild 2!
Oracle of Ages/Seasons
In a fresh experiment for the series, Nintendo released Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons as a Pokemon-esque dual release back in 2001. They were well received but ultimately have been stuck on the Gameboy for the past 19 years – albeit for a release on the 3DS’ virtual console in 2013.
Following the success of the Link’s Awakening remake for Switch, it seems obvious that these are the next candidate for a remaster in the same claymation style! Next year marks 20 years since the games release. This has lead fans to speculate that a 2021 release will be in the card.
The games were originally designed as a trilogy, with the third game being cancelled in development. There’s been some speculation that a Switch version of these games would somehow utilise that third, cancelled game.
The Minish Cap
This GBA title has been much overlooked since selling only 1.76 million copies in 2004. However, continuing the theme of remaking Zelda titles in the style of Link’s Awakening, the Minish Cap has a lot to offer Switch players.
Very few people played the original title in comparison to Link’s Awakening. So Nintendo would have an easy time packaging the game as a new experience worth a purchase if remastered on Switch.
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
The final game on this list is probably the least likely to happen. Wind Waker was already made in HD for the Wii U. Which could mean that a Switch port is a long way off. Despite that it’s always growing in popularity among fans and focuses on a lot of the core strengths introduced in Breath of the Wild (exploration, a wide open map).
The Wii U remake would already pass for a Switch game aesthetically, and held a number of quality of life improvements from the original release. As a number of Wii U games have already made the jump – including the recent Tokyo Mirage Sessions game.