Breath of the Wild 2 isn’t the first: Every mainline Zelda delay

Since Nintendo’s most recent announcement, it’s been clear that Breath of the Wild 2 is delayed. Just a day ago, Nintendo released a video on various media platforms featuring series producer Eiji Aonuma discussing the game’s unfortunate delay from a 2022 release window to spring 2023. Looking at the current traction regarding the postponement, it’s clear that the hype surrounding the game hasn’t died down since the game’s initial trailer was released during Nintendo Direct from E3 2021, with many people commenting both sides of the equation, expressing concern or patience.

Perhaps that’s not odd at all considering the massive success of the first Breath of the Wild, with the game proving to be one of the strongest title launches in Japan in 2017. The game’s stellar earnings led to a Warrior-style rotation. a few years later in the form of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which became the best-selling hack and slash game of its variety. It is fair to suggest that Breath of the Wild 2 had a large, eager audience ever since the original title, and that anticipation is going to have to hold for a bit longer.

However, a keen observer of previous Zelda title releases wouldn’t consider Breath of the Wild 2 being delayed such a rare and surprising occurrence. As the titles belonging to the series have frequently experienced delays or postponements, as Stephen Totilo, journalist and co-author of Axios Gaming Newsletter points out. Zelda titles experienced delays most often, with the exception of Majora’s Mask and Wind Waker.

This may also serve to explain the patience shown by members of the Zelda community, as the original Breath of the Wild also experienced delays from 2015 to 2017. Due to the release of this critically acclaimed title and strong sales, gamers may be trusting Nintendo that they are indeed postponing the sequel for its quality improvement. While that sentiment doesn’t seem to be shared by the stock market, Nintendo’s shares have fallen since the announcement to delay the sequel.

Nonetheless, putting into perspective the tendencies of the Zelda series to delay and postpone is something that will help keep players’ anticipation or disappointment in check. Eiji Aonuma didn’t cite any specific issues with the game’s development, and hopefully that is indeed the case. Because otherwise, the game will be released even later.

the Breath of the Wild Sequel is set to release in Spring 2023, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

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