Finally, Nintendo has finally shown footage of Breath of the Wild 2 at E3 this year, promising a release date of 2022, although no one is guessing.
The images showed a long-haired link crossing Hyrule and a series of Celestial Islands which are new additions to the map.
Or…has been this link ?
While we clearly see Link and Zelda finding a parched corpse of Ganondorf in a cutscene, now there’s a theory circulating that maybe, just maybe, we’re not playing as Link at all.
A new theory, first proposed by Barrett Courtney of Kinda Funny, is that we could actually play as a young Ganondorf instead of the Hero of Time, at some point in the past, after Skyward Sword but before Breath of the Wild.
The proof? There is no tonne, but enough to at least arouse suspicion. Here’s what Barrett noticed about this particular revelation:
- We never see Link’s face in any actual gameplay footage from the new trailer, only in the cutscene.
- The player’s off-the-shoulder tunic looks exactly like the outfit Dehydrated Ganondorf wears in the cutscene.
- There is a hieroglyph of what is believed to be a young Ganondorf in Breath of the Wild, which shows both long hair and what could be a green tunic.
- Story-wise, it could add up if this is a bridge between Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild, given the events of both games.
This would, of course, be a huge deal for the Zelda franchise, as previously we only played Ganondorf in Super Smash Bros. So playing as a young Ganondorf here instead of Link would be just revolutionary.
There is some setback for this theory, including the idea that Ganondorf is meant to be Gerudo, although people in the Zelda lore can play both sides of that with different explanations. I’m not sure there is sufficient evidence to prove this theory yet, but it’s definitely something to consider. I’d listen to Barrett’s realtime explanation here, which starts at around 11-12 minutes here:
We’ll see if Nintendo releases any other footage that supports or disproves this theory. I mean, even a photo of Link’s face in the wild might be enough to take this one way or another, but he is a little weird that you only see it in the cutscene. Something to consider, until we get more.
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