Image Credit: (c) Nintendo/ The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)
In the spring of 2000, #LegendofZelda fans were introduced to a brand new world. This refers to the land of Termina, and it’s very much a parallel version of the well-known Hyrule. Termina was different, and at the time of the game's release that's likely what fans needed for a better experience. Not surprisingly, Majora's Mask remains a cult favourite amongst Zelda fans. Following the Nintendo Direct a few weeks ago, it was made clear we would not hear anything about a Breath of the Wild Sequel yet, despite an announcement being made at the last Nintendo Direct in 2019. However, video game fans were promised there will be some sort of update in the near future.
Breath of the Wild gave us a very different Hyrule, itself:
Image credit: (c) Nintendo/ The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017). Screenshot by Will Benson.
Admittedly, I had never played Breath of the Wild until about two months ago. Nevertheless, it's a fantastic game. Playing this game made me realize why I loved #Zelda so much as a kid, back in the early 2000s. Funny enough, my parents claim I used to sing the main theme in my sleep.
When players first dive into the game (BOTW), it's made abundantly clear this is not the Hyrule we have been familiar with. Instead, it's very much a massive wasteland filled with danger, death, and even the occult. Considering the land of Hyrule has been left in ruin following the "age of calamity" 100 years earlier, could this not happen to Termina as well? Keeping that in mind, Termina serves as a parallel land to Hyrule in every way. Moreover, the land of Termina remains pretty interesting from a visual standpoint, even if we saw it for the first time twenty years ago on the Nintendo 64.
Video Credit: (c) YouTube/ MarioWorldHacker
Of course there are theories surrounding why Link ends up in Termina, and how he gets there to begin with. For instance, some fans have suggested Link fails to defeat Ganon (Ocarina of Time, 1998) and ultimately dies from his injuries. Okay, since Breath of the Wild has been out since 2017 there's no point of saying "spoiler alert."
At this point, we all know Link was mortally wounded during the Age of Calamity 100 years earlier. Furthermore, Link only survives because he is cryogenically frozen, more or less. With respect to Termina, it was a scary and unfamiliar place when players set off on their adventure over twenty years ago. Keeping that in mind, 2017's version of Hyrule is very much the same thing. It was scary, and players had never seen anything like it. Players make one mistake, and there are 200 grave markings for Link scattered across the map. With new enemies and a hostile environment, imagine how dangerous Termina would be at this point?
Image Credit: (c) Nintendo/ The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
Here's my pitch:
Let's say a Breath of the Wild sequel comes in 2022. Players will return to dystopian Hyrule, and play the first twenty minutes of the main story. However, something happens which changes the entire game.
Once again, Link is somehow mortally wounded. Struggling to save him, Zelda brings Link's body to the Temple of Time. However, his body disappears into an abyss. So, where will Link end up? Hopefully, dystopian Termina. In order to save his own life, Link must save the citizens of Termina from the same fate.
At least we'll be able to play as this version of Link:
Image Credit: (c) Nintendo/ The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017). Screenshot by Nick Statt.
What are your thoughts on this?
The Modernist Son, 2020-