If Breath Of The Wild 2 releases alongside new Switch hardware, can you upgrade?

Breath of the Wild 2
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Just two weeks ago, he was the famous honor holder in the legend of zelda A series, Eiji Onuma, has announced that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be pushed back to Spring 2023. It was an announcement that many of us had undoubtedly been anticipating, especially considering 2022 is already hosting the likes of Bayonetta 3 and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and the recent announcement About Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which lines up in the “late 2022” slot.

As we wiped a tear from the corner of our eyes and lamented that we won’t be playing BOTW2 during the holidays this year, the ad video itself featured some brand-new stills from the upcoming sequel; So much so, that we’ve put forth 16 theories about the new Link’s spiky arm. What we may not have noticed at the time—something we didn’t consider until the chapters at Digital Foundry talked about it recently—is that the footage looks remarkably sharp for OG Switch devices.

Now, offerings of games running on slightly more powerful hardware isn’t anything new, but the Digital Foundry team thinks there could be some weight behind the theory that Breath of the Wild 2 could come to all-new Switch hardware. Whether it was a new 3DS-style switch, which offered a modest specification boost, a variety of Switch ‘Pro’ or a proper ‘Switch 2’ successor is now impossible to determine, but the main reason appears to be volumetric clouds that are prominently appearing. The trailer is, according to experts, too advanced for the processing power of the humble Switch.

This, combined with high resolution and anti-aliasing techniques, may indicate that the game may be a “crossover” version, similar to the last game. Alex Battaglia, Digital Foundry Video Producer, stated, “Since they’re delaying that now, I think that’s going to be equivalent to what we’ve seen with Breath of the Wild, then, as it launches on the old and also on the new and we see the wonderful benefits of the new.” You can watch the team discuss the clip in the DF video here:

Here at Nintendo Life, we’re more skeptical, although of course we love the idea of ​​a completely new game to play with. The idea of ​​releasing a new Switch console along with Breath of the Wild 2 in 2023 is not completely Off the table, but since the OLED model is only six months old at the time of writing, it seems unlikely that Nintendo will want to bring another SKU to market soon. After all, with more than five years since the original Switch, there are plenty of early adopters out there who see the OLED model as a good upgrade worth pursuing. For Nintendo to come out in a little over a year and say,Oops, sorry guys, that’s it fact Development“It seems a bit premature, especially considering how healthy Switch sales are.

Then again, Nintendo could go down a very different path: Essentially, a new dock that upgrades resolution when playing on the big screen. Since OLED offered a major upgrade for people who mostly enjoy mobile gaming, a new dock will benefit gamers who chase precision and who prefer to play in docked mode. This could give the “native” output resolution a big bump via some of the built-in scaling techniques – perhaps up to 4K (although we’ve already seen different bits of tools do this). Then again, that doesn’t quite explain the volumetric clouds that Digital Foundry believes are beyond the Switch’s current capabilities.

BotW 2
Photo: Nintendo

In the end, Breath of the Wild 2 is sure to work just fine on your existing adapter; somewhat she has to the right? The first game was completely playable and excellent on the Wii U, and even the Switch version struggles in certain places (okay, hey, Korok Forest!). There is simply no way for Nintendo to ever give up on a console that – at the time of writing – has now sold over 100 million units, eclipsing the mighty Wii. The first Breath of the Wild game has sold roughly one copy for every four Switches in the wild at the moment, and Nintendo won’t disappoint that audience for its slightly more luxurious visuals.

As for a possible launch across generations? Well, even with the constant difficulties manufacturers are facing at the moment, it’s certainly possible, but we’re not quite convinced yet. It doesn’t seem like the right time for us, especially when you consider that the global chip shortage is likely to last until 2023. We won’t get past Nintendo to offer some kind of upgrade/remake of the game later. font, however; Perhaps some sort of collection that brings all of the Breath of the Wild games together for the next console? We will be ready for it!

The real question is whether Switch owners would be inclined to upgrade to the new Switch hardware if this was a cross-platform version (cross-Nintendo, of course), because that’s what Nintendo will rely on by using the same tactic used with both the Twilight Princess on the GameCube/Wii and BOTW on Wii U/Switch.

Shall we upgrade? Of course we will, but the new Nintendo hardware is tied to our functionality here, so it’s easy for us to justify. Will be you The upgrade, though? …


So, we’re not sure we’ll see a brand new Switch console released alongside Breath of the Wild 2, but we’d love to know what you think about it. Check out the polls below and be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the matter!