Nintendo has surprised fans by announcing a new Zelda game, though there’s no news about the Nintendo Switch 2.

The company announced that The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom will arrive on September 26. This announcement was made alongside several new games, including a video preview of Mario & Luigi: Brothership new details and a slight delay for Metroid Prime 4: Beyond.

However, it was the new Zelda game that truly stole the show. In a groundbreaking move for the franchise, players won’t be playing as Link this time around. Instead, they’ll get to experience the adventure through the eyes of Zelda herself!

In Echoes of Wisdom, however, players will control Zelda as she strives to save the game’s world from destruction. According to producers during the live-streamed launch, Link is missing after a battle.

Echoes of Wisdom breaks from the recent trend by returning to the top-down perspective with a delightful cartoon aesthetic. This approach echoes the 2019 remake of Link’s Awakening, offering a fresh take on the Zelda experience.

Hot on the heels of last year’s blockbuster hit, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo surprises fans again with Echoes of Wisdom. This new title marks a return to the series’ classic top-down perspective, following the immense success of Breath of the Wild, which helped propel the Nintendo Switch to new heights.

The Legend of Zelda, which debuted in February 1986, has spawned a sprawling franchise with a whopping 20 titles! And the adventure doesn’t stop there – Nintendo is even venturing into a live-action film adaptation, promising to bring Hyrule to life on the big screen.

Curbing fans’ anticipation for a new Switch reveal, Nintendo confirmed beforehand that the Direct would focus solely on games. However, excitement remains palpable with the upcoming launch of the next-gen Switch confirmed before March 2025.

Speculation swirled that the Direct might be a smaller affair, with Nintendo likely prioritising development for the next Switch iteration. This theory held true, as the event focused solely on upcoming games without mentioning compatibility with the rumoured Switch 2.

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