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Today happens to be the 1-year anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, an unbelievable sequel to the equally unbelievable Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was Breath of the Wild that turned the Zelda franchise on its head, and now we’re seeing a rumor that might point to Nintendo not being done with the Wii U/Switch Zelda outing quite yet.

Prominent leaker Midori, who has shared accurate information on SEGA and Nintendo titles in the past, has posted a tidbit that will no doubt be very interesting to Legend of Zelda fans. According to Midori, Nintendo is currently working on a project with the codename U-King-O. To those very familiar with Nintendo’s codenames, this one will seem quite familiar.

We know for a fact that the the codename for Zelda: Breath of the Wild was U-King. We also know that Nintendo likes to add another dash and letter to codenames when they work on ports. For example, the codename for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Wii U was Kinopio, but the codename for the Switch port was Kinopio-S, while the 3DS version was Kinopio-C.

What on earth could U-King-O be? Well, if we follow the naming scheme above, you’d have to think that U-King-O is a port of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As you know, Switch is the only platform Nintendo has on the market right now, so it’s not that far of a reach to imagine the “O” in U-King-O relates to the Switch successor’s codename. Long story short, if that reasoning plays out, Nintendo could be cooking up a Breath of the Wild port for Switch’s successor.

Please keep in mind that all of this is rumor and speculation. Even though the source of the codename is quite trusted, that doesn’t mean their information is 100% legit. You never know what is actually floating around out there, so please take all of this with a grain of salt. At most, until we have more evidence, all this makes for a fun bit of speculation at this point.

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kingbroly

12d ago

Once the demo rumors came out from Gamescom last year, the slow realization that Nintendo would do this came into focus. Now, I hope it's just an upgrade to those who have bought it. But I doubt it.


smasher89

12d ago

Sure hope its not a thing, it could mean no backwards compatibility if true and that they want to sell mario bros for the 21th time.

A nicer take would be some kind of prequel, but even then the formula is already staling a bit imo, but i kinda like beating my games and botw/totk were to long (xenoblade wasnt to long as that progresses much better).

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the_crimson_lure

12d ago

It makes sense.
BotW released in 2017, we've already seen other companies release remasters even quicker than that.
Having a Zelda title (even if it's just a spiffied-up port) at launch is a huge win for a console launch.

And lastly, it'd be a great marketing tool and buzz that will propagate through players and media. ("BotW on Switch vs. How Much Better It Looks on Switch 2", etc.)


The Last of US 2 released 2020 on PS4 and the backwards compatible PS5 already got TLOU2 Remastered, so I think assuming backwards compatibility might be off the table with this move is misguided.

Honestly, PS5 got so many enhanced ports or "remasters", FF7 Remake, Spider-Man, Ghost of Tsushima, etc., that this practice is just the industry standard we should expect, regardless of if/what's available backwards compatibly

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sdsichero

12d ago

Interesting. I know it is nothing, but the first thing that popped into my head was that O (actually Oh or Ou) is king in Japanese. Redundant, but just stuck out to me for some reason.


enthropy

11d ago

I am 100% OK with paying a small fee for an upgrade. Developers do actually work on them and they do cost money and take time to make, after all.


conangiga

11d ago

@enthropy

They will make you pay full price, mark my words. This IS Nintendo we're talking about.


tkohh

11d ago

I could see this project being a Breath of the Wild: Complete Edition, featuring the base game and all DLC in one package. Nintendo could polish it up for the new hardware and include some new features.


totodile

11d ago

I predict this will be an add-on update for running BoTW on the Switch's successor to take advantage of the extra power/DLSS. Hopefully it is a free update.