A few weeks ago, Nintendo surprised its fans by announcing a full-fledged remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Switch. While many fans will no doubt be satisfied with Link's Awakening, it may not even be the only Zelda game that's coming to the Switch this year.
According to GameFAQs and Reddit users Vergeben, known for leaking Nintendo news and being semi-accurate with his leaks, Nintendo has another 2D Zelda in the works for the Switch in 2019. This second 2D Zelda will reportedly be a digital-only, eShop-exclusive, and will be smaller in scale than the Link's Awakening remake. According to Vergeben, the game will be out before Link's Awakening, and will be officially announced in just a few months.
There are no further details about what this 2D Zelda will be like exactly, but it's anyone's guess. It's possible that it is yet another remake of a previous Zelda game, perhaps one of the Four Swords titles, or it could be a completely original project. One possibility is that it's just a port of an older 2D Zelda game like The Minish Cap or the 3DS-exclusive A Link Between Worlds.
Of course, it's possible that this second 2D Zelda game doesn't even exist. While Vergeben has been right in the past, not all of his predictions have turned out to be true. However, he has also been right a number of times, as was the case with his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leaks, where he claimed that Ridley and Simon Belmont would be coming to the game well before they were officially announced by Nintendo.
Even so, The Legend of Zelda fans should take this news with a grain of salt until Nintendo itself announces anything. In the meantime, there have been some leaks and rumors about the Link's Awakening remake that may interest fans.
According to one leak, the Link's Awakening remake will be more than just a graphical upgrade. A product listing for the game states that the number of players has yet to be determined by Nintendo, which has led to speculation that Link's Awakening on the Switch will add multiplayer of some kind. While Zelda has largely been single player, some games have dabbled in multiplayer and co-op, so it certainly wouldn't be unprecedented.
Fans should find out more about The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and the other 2D Zelda if it exists, at E3 in June.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is in development for the Nintendo Switch.