[REVIEW] : Nintendo stumbles in the stock market after Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 postponement announcement

After the announcement that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not be discovered until 2023, nintendo lost a few points on the stock market. Nothing alarming since the manufacturer had amassed several dozen since the beginning of the year. But there is proof that many see this title as one of the biggest cartridges to come from Nintendo.

There are unmistakable signs. When Nintendo releases a video titled “New Release Date Information for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel,” you can instantly tell that this news is going to be bad. Bad in the sense of an announced postponement. If the plans had not changed, there would have been no need to mention “release date” in the title, in addition to the final name of the game. However, “suite de” testifies to a final name still not stopped, or in any case of an element not yet ready to be unveiled.

We have therefore known for two days that this Breath of the Wild 2 will only be released in the spring of 2023. For what reason(s)? Is the ambition of the game at a point where the development times initially decided proved to be insufficient? Did the successive releases of Horizon: Forbidden West and Elden Ring have an impact on the development of the Breath of the Wild sequel? In any case, the pressure is even stronger on the shoulders of Eiji Aonuma and his teams.

Since the start of the year, Nintendo’s stock had risen 25%

On Wednesday, the day after the announcement of the postponement of the Breath of the Wild sequel, Nintendo’s stock lost 6 points at the opening of the stock market in Tokyo. It also appears that before these new excuses from the producer of the Zelda franchise, the small craftsman had gained 25 points on the stock market since the beginning of the year.

For Serkan Toto, CEO of independent consulting firm Kantan Games, Nintendo couldn’t find a better year to delay the launch of its new Zelda:

“If there’s a year that Nintendo can afford to put off Zelda, this is it. The fiscal year hasn’t even started yet and they’ve already staggered all of these potential blockbuster titles. »

Nintendo is destroying the morale of all Zelda fans by pushing back the Breath of the Wild game to spring 2023

No news is good news. This is what fans of the Zelda universe said to each other until recently, who, without any intervention from Nintendo, hoped to be able to play the game in 2022, as planned for a few weeks.

“We have decided to extend the development of the game and bring its release to spring 2023. We would like to apologize to those who were planning to play it this year,” said Eiji Aonuma, producer of The series. Legend of Zelda, in a video. If the announcement may disappoint some, others know that pushing back the date only acts in favor of the game, which they are waiting for even more impatiently.

It is following the announcement and the apologies made to the fans, that Eiji Aonuma recalls – on the background of the trailer shared last year – that this new game “reserves its share of surprises” and even reveals an image yet unreleased from the upcoming game. Link can be seen grabbing the Legend Sword, with the latter partially consumed. “We are committed to making this game a truly special experience, and the entire team continues to work diligently to bring this project to fruition. So please have a little more patience.”

It will therefore be necessary to wait until 2023 and more precisely until the spring of that year before playing the sequel to Breath of The Wild. While waiting for Nintendo to reveal more information on the game itself this year, find in the video below, if you missed it, what awaits you in the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.

THE ZELDA-LIKE IS INTRODUCED THANKS TO A GAMEPLAY VIDEO

Those who waited impatiently The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 unfortunately have to wait a few more months. Fortunately, many other games are inspired by the Nintendo license, like the recent Tunic, for example. But another title with the same inspirations should arrive soon and could also keep you busy for a while.

Publisher Assemble Entertainment recently released a gameplay video of XEL, on their official YouTube channel. Thus, players can find out about the new license offered and developed by the Tiny Roar studio. This is an opportunity to meet some of the characters from this particular world and get a good insight into the game mechanics.

After a few minutes of viewing, we can, indeed, very quickly realize that XEL has everything a Zelda-like usually offers : riddles and puzzles to solve, exploration phases in certain levels, fights, etc. All with a charming artistic direction, in 2D. On the other hand, the software adopts a much more science-fiction aspect. It is categorized as an action-adventure game.

For the moment, XEL does not have a precise release date. As soon as the development studio and the publisher of the title communicate on this subject, we will, of course, keep you informed. On the other hand, we know it should make itself available during this summer on PC and Nintendo Switch. Ports to Xbox One, Xbox Series, PS4 and PS5 are planned for later in 2022.

Zelda Breath of the Wild 2: Why a release with the Switch 2 is not so unlikely?

A banal message of apology from Eiji Aonuma about the postponement of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 will have sufficed to ignite the networks again and bring out of the coffin this good old Switch 2 / Pro / whatever you want . With a new release window set for spring 2023 and a first episode that marked the launch of the Nintendo Switch with a hot ironit’s only natural to wonder if Big N wouldn’t coincide one of its safest cartridges of the decade with the release of a new model that would take care of installing yet another Switch in your living room

Switch Pro, the chimera

An imbroglio of hallway noise for months and months, until in the end Nintendo finally announced the OLED model. Nice for lovers of beautiful images, but much less revolutionary than what the rumors sold us. Only though they quieted down, those little voices never died and if we look at the latest theories around this famous model, the Pro would have simply been “pushed back” for reasons that obviously remain to be determinedwith a new transitional iteration (therefore the OLED model) to reinvigorate sales of the machine.

One can imagine that with something more ambitious on the hardware side, the firm would also have suffered from the component problems encountered by its two direct competitors and would therefore have preferred to back down while waiting for the situation to be seriously unblocked. As for the very existence of a “Switch 2”, given the success of the hybrid console throughout the last 5 years, despite a catalog provided but not always fresh, it is difficult to see why Nintendo would consider changing the format.