Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct brought all sorts of exciting announcements. The Legend of Zelda series was one area of focus for the broadcast, with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity receiving an expansion pass and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD being announced. Series producer Eiji Aonuma also confirmed that more details regarding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s unnamed sequel will be revealed later this year. Some Zelda fans expressed disappointment regarding the Direct, hoping for more Zelda content to celebrate the 35th anniversary. However, according to journalist Andy Robinson of Video Games Chronicle (VGC), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess are “100% coming this year” to Switch. This would make sense as both games are among the remaining few Wii U titles yet to make their way to the Nintendo Switch.
For those disappointed with the Skyward Sword remaster, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess are 100% coming this year. So that's at least one good 3D Zelda.
— Andy Robinson (@AndyPlaytonic) February 18, 2021
Is this likely to happen?
Robinson has a good track record when it comes to the rumor mill. Last year, VGC reported that Super Mario 3D All-Stars existed in March, way before its announcement in September. If this is anything to go off, we may have more Zelda content on Switch than we originally expected. The remasters of The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess are likely to happen on Switch because they’re probably already raring to go.
In my personal opinion, I believe that Nintendo is probably wanting to wait until after March 31, 2021, as that is when all the Mario 35th anniversary celebrations end. It probably doesn’t want to shift focus onto another franchise just yet, but hopefully fans have more to be looking forward to later in the year. Also, next week will see Pokémon celebrating its 25th anniversary on Feb. 27.
Although it may not be what you wanted, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD seems like a perfect fit for the anniversary celebrations. The game tells the origin story of key events, such as the creation of the Master Sword and Hyrule itself. If you weren’t a fan of the Wii version’s motion controls, Nintendo has confirmed that the game will also have button controls.