The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 might’ve been pushed to 2023, but that doesn’t mean any Zelda titles are planned to release this year. According to VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb, he believes that both Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker will receive Nintendo Switch ports in late 2022, releasing alongside the rumoured Metroid Prime 1 remaster.
Speaking on his latest Game Mess episode, Grubb talked a bit about the possibility of Nintendo releasing Switch ports for Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker, the only two games in the series to not receive Switch re-releases yet. He claims that Nintendo might release them around October.
However, Nintendo themselves threw a wrench in this idea when they announced last year during their Zelda 35th Anniversary that they don’t have “any [Zelda] campaigns or other Nintendo Switch games planned” beyond Breath of the Wild 2.
However, Grubb said in his video that it doesn’t make sense for Nintendo not to release them this year now that Breath of the Wild 2 has been delayed:
“They want to have a Zelda game every year, and they have been holding onto this, why wouldn’t they just put it out this year?
And if they don’t put this out or some other Zelda thing this year, instead of just waiting for Breath of the Wild 2, I just will not understand. I think that this game [Wind Waker and Twilight Princess bundle], as much as it was a joke in the Megabit 64 video, I do believe it actually comes out in October.”
Earlier this year, Nintendo chose to delay Breath of the Wild 2 in order to give the team more time in development. It’s now expected to release by Spring 2023. However, if Nintendo’s plans to release a new Zelda game every year remain in place, then we can probably expect remasters of Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker to happen at some point.