Millions of Nintendo Switch owners love The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and if you’re one of them, you’re probably looking for the horizon for your next one Zelda repair. The good news: To celebrate the series’ 35th anniversary this year, Nintendo has more Zelda on the way. The bad news: No Wild Breath 2, which Nintendo has tentatively scheduled around 2022, if we’re lucky.
Instead, on July 16 Nintendo offered a remastered HD release of Legend of Zelda: Sword of Skyward, which came out on the Wii in the fall of 2011. Sky Sword received almost universal critical acclaim, but over time it has proven to be a somewhat more controversial installment in the franchise, with its lengthy tutorials, introduction to weapon endurance, and love-or-hate-them motion controls. At the very least, almost everyone agreed that the story was interesting—Sky Sword set at the beginning Legend of Zelda timeline and serves as a sort of origin story.
Nintendo has made several quality-of-life improvements in the HD remaster to fix the game’s biggest annoyances, such as making gesture control optional. But if you crave more games like Wild Breath, we have some other options that might be more fun. Whether you want more open-world exploration or a beautiful world to fly in, here are five games you can play if: Sky Sword HD not what you’re looking for.
Greek mythology-themed clone: Immortals Fenyx Rising
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Price: $60 at time of publication
ESRB Rating: T
If you don’t want to wait until next year to play Wild Breath 2, you will find a similar experience at The resurrection of the Immortal Fenyx. From action-limiting stamina bars to the ubiquitous climbing surface, almost every aspect eternal feels like a carbon copy of something in Wild Breath—but I’m not angry about it.
In Immortals Fenyx Rising, you play as Fenyx, a demigod tasked with finding and saving the Greek gods in order to defeat the threatening Titan. The game has the same optimistic tone and colorful nature that I love wild breath, and its open world is just as interesting to explore. I flew with my Daedalus wings as I did with Link’s paraglider, flying past giant statues and ethereal gardens on my way to visit characters like Aphrodite and Athena. The artwork is beautiful, and the story is light and fun to walk through.
I’m often sidetracked in my quest to defeat Titan Typhon with the sheer number of quests and puzzles scattered around the map. I often pull over during my trips to race in impromptu time trials or to solve fresco puzzles where I push painted tiles around a grid to form a complete picture. eternal even has its own version Wild Breathshrines, called the Vaults of Tartaros, featuring time-consuming puzzles to solve in exchange for special items and equipment. I like that the combat system isn’t overly bloody or realistic, and even though it features a wider range of moves and abilities than I’ve found in any game. Zelda game, it’s still easy to understand.
Mobile meditation: Sky: Children of Light
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS
ESRB Rating: E10 +
For me, Wild BreathThe true magic lies in its stress-free pace, positive feelings, and overall beauty. You can find lots of captivating open world games with adult themes and intricate gameplay, but only a few that really make me feel good. Sky: Children of Light It’s not an open world game, but it does have some serene magic and beautiful landscapes if you want something short and easy to digest for your next pick.
I’ve tasted Sky on my iPhone and Switch, and the mobile version doesn’t compromise much compared to the console version. It looks amazing and performs well on iOS, and the controls are very simple whether you’re playing on a touchscreen or with a controller. The game doesn’t provide much concrete guidance, instead pushing you here and there in the right direction.
I spend most of my time flying around Sky’s various biomes, going in a direction I don’t need and lighting candles just because it feels good. The game doesn’t have a traditional quest structure, nor does it have combat, crafting, or much of the action you can take outside of character emoticons and some abilities—features included in our other recommendations. But Sky does have some small puzzles to solve, and if connected with nature, admire art and recapture Wild Breathmood is what you are looking for, Sky is a great choice.
Better Zelda remake: Link’s Awakening
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Price: $60 at time of publication
ESRB Rating: E
If only more Legend of Zelda will scratch that itch for you, play Link’s Awakening. Though Link’s Awakening not an open world sandbox and has no hang glider, basically Zelda the formula still applies: explore the world, enter dungeons, solve puzzles and get tools to solve more puzzles. Although this is a smaller game overall, exploration in Link’s Awakening found it useful to me, and the puzzles were interesting and fun. Also, you can fly with a rooster, and that’s the rule.
Link’s Awakening is a full remake rather than a more direct remaster, with a captivating new art style, like claymation. The story is as poignant and bittersweet as the original, and the updated art style adds a sense of heartwarming beauty that only the original Game Boy title could have hinted at. The ending always makes me cry.
And I really like how short it is Link’s Awakening is—even as a finisher, you can beat the game in about 20 hours. Sometimes I don’t have hours to wander the countryside, climbing whatever mountains interest me. Sometimes I just want to solve a few puzzles while looking cute and then break down emotionally.
A beautiful and unique formula: Okami HD
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price:$20 at time of publication
ESRB Rating: T
okami puts you in the paws of Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess, who has taken the form of a white wolf carrying a magic sumi brush in classical Japan. okami widely regarded as one of the best games of all time, and for good reason — its sumi-ink-style graphics are aesthetically pleasing and heavy. Zelda-Interlock influenced gameplay to create something unique and beautiful.
Launched in 2006 on the PlayStation 2, okami since looking at the version of basically every system around. In the game, Amaterasu meets characters drawn from Japanese folklore as they attempt to defeat a powerful dark force using various tools and power-ups. And with lots of side quests, there’s a lot of interesting stuff, Zelda-influenced game there to get lost while you wait for the right one, completely new Zelda title to appear next year.
If you missed it: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Platforms: everything lacks a toaster oven
Price: $40 at time of publication
ESRB Rating: M
If you’ve been in the world for the past 10 years, you probably don’t need me to tell you about Skyrim. It’s one of the most popular games ever made, and it’s been ported time and time again to almost every console and platform—even Amazon’s Alexa. Despite the age of the game, it’s still my favorite recommendation for anyone looking to follow up Wild Breath. Maybe not that cheerful follow-up Immortals Fenyx Rising is, but like Hyrule, the kingdom of Skyrim is another dazzling world to get lost in.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fifth installment of a series that started in 1994, but knowledge or experience with before Elder Scrolls games do not need to enjoy it. Dive and understand the world Skyrim comes naturally — even novice players tend to instantly grasp things from the ubiquitous lore books and deep conversations with characters. Immersion is the game’s strongest suit, and the scenery is as stunning as the soundtrack that goes with it. I have stopped many times on my way through the forest or up the mountain to admire the colorful night sky or the peaceful scenery, which feels similar to my experience with Wild Breath.
But if you want more Wild Breathapproach to combat — or avoid it — you may not enjoy Skyrim as much. Fight in Skyrim it’s not bloody or graphic like in this type of game, but it’s still there and basically necessary. If you can get past it, the game gives you a thousand things to do, and exploration is just as rewarding as in Wild Breath—perhaps even more. I have returned to Skyrim regularly for the last 10 years, and I discover something new all the time.