Zelda Breath of the Wild 2: Proof Nintendo needs BoTW 2 release date ASAP

Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 is arguably the most highly anticipated Nintendo Switch game on the horizon. Announced at the end of the E3 2019 Direct alongside a short but tantalising teaser, all fans know for certain is that BoTW 2 is in development. It’s unclear when Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 will have its release date, with leaks suggesting a 2020 launch could be on the cards.

And as fans wait for more official Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 news it looks like Nintendo has been given a big reason to release BoTW 2 soon.

As 2019 comes to a close the House of Mario has revealed a list of the 25 most downloaded Switch games this year.

And, surprisingly, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is nowhere to be seen.

Titles such as Fortnite, Minecraft and last year’s NBA 2K19 were downloaded from the eShop more times than Zelda Breath of the Wild.

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Even Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, which like BoTW was released in 2017, was downloaded more times in 2019 than the critically acclaimed Zelda adventure.

Even other Zelda games such as the recently released Link’s Awakening remake and spin-off title Cadence of Hyrule were downloaded more times in 2019 than BoTW.

The surprise download figures could be a sign that the time is right for Nintendo to release BoTW 2, and the sooner the better.

Anticipation is undoubtedly sky high for the new Zelda, with a recent Famitsu poll putting BoTW 2 as one of their readers’ most anticipated games.

Leaks have indicated that a 2020 release is on the cards, with it possibly coming to the Nintendo Switch in the run-up to next Christmas.

This would be ideal as it would give the Switch a unique selling point in the face of upcoming competition from the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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Both of those next-gen consoles are pencilled in for a holiday 2020 release.

In case you’re wondering, then here is the full list of the top 25 downloaded Nintendo Switch games for 2019 – as revealed in a post by Nintendo Everything…

NINTENDO SWITCH – TOP 25 DOWNLOADED GAMES FOR 2019

1. Fortnite

2. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

3. Minecraft

4. Cuphead

5. Untitled Goose Game

6. Pokemon Sword

7. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

8. NBA 2K19

9. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

10. Dragon Ball FighterZ

11. Pokemon Shield

12. Super Mario Maker 2

13. Overcooked! 2

14. Hollow Knight

15. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

16. Luigi’s Mansion 3

17. Cadence of Hyrule

18. Super Mario Party

19. Final Fantasy VII

20. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

21. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

22. Undertale

23. Crypt of the NecroDancer

24. Warframe

25. Mortal Kombat 11

• Stay tuned to Express.co.uk for more Nintendo Switch news and updates

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