Is Nintendo going all out with the rumored Zelda remake for Switch?

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Earlier this year, there were rumors of a Zelda remake in the works. Since then, there has been a huge question lingering in many gamer’s heads, what Zelda game will Nintendo remake for Switch? Not only that, but which version of said Zelda game?

In recent years, many game developers have gotten frowned upon due to the number of HD remakes hitting the market, and to a degree, HD remakes are still a little out of hand. However, The Legend of Zelda is a ‘legendary’ franchise that consists of some of the best titles in the history of gaming. We all have questions about what the future may hold with Zelda remakes; let’s flesh those questions out and go over the aforementioned rumor.

Looking to the past

As you probably know, in 2011 Nintendo remastered The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 3DS and it was incredible, to say the least. Then, nearly four years later, after fans had been clamoring for a The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask remake, Nintendo dropped the bomb and announced they were finally going the distance to bring us the sequel on their handheld. As a matter of fact, they went on to say that Majora’s Mask 3D had been in development ever since Ocarina of Time 3D launched on 3DS. It’s obvious Nintendo has always taken its Zelda remakes seriously.

If you didn’t know, Grezzo, the developer who handled the Majora’s Mask remake for Nintendo 3DS, put out a job posting back in January. However, it wasn’t just any job offer. Back when the team was in the process of remaking Majora’s Mask, they put out a listing that said, “Would you like to make a legend together.” This time, the website has the same sentence, except there’s a convenient “2” at the end of the sentence. While it was never confirmed by Nintendo, it’s extremely likely that a game from The Legend of Zelda series is being remade. Given that it’s listed as using Unreal Engine 4, there’s no doubt in my mind that this listing is for the Nintendo Switch.

Thanks to the Switches’ enhanced power in comparison to 3DS, it’s more feasible that we’ll see GameCube and Wii games (and anything older) running on the console/handheld-hybrid, with no technical difficulties. Heck, after seeing the gorgeous Breath of the Wild on the platform, I’m certain any previous Nintendo game could run on Switch with ease. While some of Nintendo’s Zelda ports were visually redone from the ground up (Wind Waker HD, Ocarina 3D), others were simply ported over with very little special treatment (Twilight Princess HD) The rumored Zelda remake is said to be in Unreal Engine 4, so I’m hoping this means Nintendo is going all out with this title.

What kind of remakes should we expect? 

Will we get the classic versions of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask like the Wii U did, or the updated 3DS remakes? And Let’s not forget about the Wii U. Nintendo released a gorgeously remastered version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on their home console in 2013; followed by an HD port/remaster of Twilight Princess. I’m curious to see how Nintendo will handle this. The company knows fans would love those games on Switch, but it may be afraid of projecting the Switch as a port machine. I don’t think Nintendo should look at it that way. It can market the Switch as the #1 place to get all your favorite Nintendo classics, as well as new titles. One important thing the Switch offers that no other Nintendo console did is an account system, which future proofs all of our purchases (finally!). This will (hopefully) be the last time we all buy Ocarina of Time, or any classic Nintendo games for that matter.

On a slightly different note, the Switch is also a portable device, so is it possible we’ll see DS/3DS remakes/ports/remasters on the Switch? I’d like to hope so. Playing A Link Between Worlds in HD on my TV sounds incredible. Of course, I’m no developer, so I don’t know what kind of technical feat porting that game that would be. One last thing to bring up is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The game is exclusively controlled with gyro motions and pointer aiming. While that isn’t playable on the Switch via handheld mode, the game could still totally be played with JoyCon detached in ‘relax’ mode. With that being said, a ton of Wii games could technically make ‘the Switch’.

Even if we don’t receive a full-blown Zelda remake, I still think the Switch desperately needs a Legend of Zelda collection of some sort. The fact that we can’t play any classic Zelda titles on Switch is bonkers crazy. In a recent post, I talk about three collections we desperately need on Switch. Are you wanting to play old Zelda games on Nintendo Switch? Which game in the iconic franchise do you want to see given the remake treatment?  Be sure to leave all of your thoughts in the comments section below, or join the discussion over on our social media page!

The latest Legend of Zelda remake was Majora’s Mask 3D back in 2015 on Nintendo 3DS, here’s what we had to say about it:

“..you come to the realization that not only is this a great Zelda game, it is easily one of the best. Great dungeons, a deep and intricate story, and excellent side quests due to the 3 Day window make for a Zelda game that every 3DS owner should pick up, whether they played the original or not. -Shawn Long”

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Brett Medlock
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