The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains one of Nintendo’s best releases on the Switch. Breath of the Wild is a game that took the iconic Legend of Zelda series and turned it around, making radical changes to the world, lore, and gameplay that players and critics alike fell in love with. Nintendo created a playground in an open world, where players’ willingness to experiment was rewarded with surprising results, making Breath of the Wild not only an incredible starting point for the entire series, but great fun to play.
However, despite all the amazing additions to the game, not many classic items from previous Zelda games can be found in Breath of the Wild. Some of these are things that Link has been able to acquire in almost every other game. With the announcement that a sequel to Breath of the Wild is in development, now is the perfect time to inject a little more classic Zelda into the series. Here are four items that should return for Breath of the Wild 2.
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Breath of the Wild has the Ancient Shield, which provides much of the Mirror Shield’s reflection capabilities with respect to projectiles. However, this classic piece of protective gear and puzzle solving device was very rare in the open world. The addition of a new Mirror Shield to Breath of the Wild 2 could open up new ways to solve puzzles or affect gameplay.
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Link could use the shield’s light reflection powers to blind enemies, allowing tactical advance or recoil, and the ability to reflect projectiles could also be limited to the Mirror Shield, making it a sought after item. In addition, the use of the shield could expand on the puzzle shrines, requiring certain items to complete certain shrines, and prohibiting entry to those shrines until certain items were acquired. The addition of the Mirror Shield could add another level of exploration and challenge to the next game.
Many players were excited to find a boomerang weapon in Breath of the Wild, only to find that it was just another rather fragile weapon, not a vital piece of equipment as it has been in so many previous Legend of Zelda entries. One of Link’s most trusted weapons, the boomerang is typically an early weapon that aids Link in both combat and puzzle solving.
A boomerang that players could always rely on, one that did little damage but was unbreakable, would provide an extra layer of security for combat and exploration. Link could always count on his boomerang to pick up unreachable rupees or attack unsuspecting enemies from afar, making his trusty weapon a great possible addition to Breath of the Wild 2.
The fishing rod
Technically, Link can fish in Breath of the Wild, albeit quite extreme, using bombs thrown at Hirulia’s unsuspecting snook. However, the world of Breath of the Wild is such a colorful and joyous world to explore, that it would be beneficial for the sequel to allow players to enjoy some quiet moments simply by taking the stage at one of dozens of beautiful lakes, streams or rivers across the map.
Nintendo could even add a fish catalog or collectible search to add to the experience. The sequel could even add multiple lures that Link could discover dotted all over the map, along with legendary fish to hunt and give away in exchange for rewards. Above all, among everyone saving, Link deserves a little time to relax.
One of the items most requested by fans is the hook. The cross hook and sometimes the combat tool is one of Link’s coolest gadgets, and a lot is missing from Breath of the Wild. Nintendo commented on why the hook went unnoticed, stating that it defeated the idea of Link getting anywhere just by climbing and skydiving.
This explanation makes perfect sense. However, the sequels demand additional content, and what could be more fun than adding a grappling hook to allow Link to catapult into the sky on the parachute? This new mechanic would undoubtedly open up tons of new skill combinations that players could explore and once again bring Link back one of his most iconic items.
At this point, no one knows what plans Nintendo has for Breath of the Wild 2. It’s unclear if the new game will focus more on nostalgia, or if Nintendo will shake things up even more. But whatever new changes Nintendo decides to bring to the table, it would be wise to give fans some of the classics that were so missed in Breath of the Wild. Hopefully the Link from the future will be a bit more equipped like the Link from the past.