every aspect except cultural impact, innovation, inspiration, originality, and the other more significant things.
Mechanical and graphical improvement are a given, since that's what generally happens with newer games. But in the end, those aren't as important as the revolutionary status of the original, and the sequel is still going to largely imitate.
So don't be surprised if the original enjoys greater critical and commercial success.
Well I think he was talking about the actual game itself, not the impact it has on the industry. That's like saying that no mario game has eclipsed the original because the original had the most impact on the gaming industry or more broadly on culture itself. Fact is that in terms of the actual game, unless Nintendo somehow screws it up, BotW2 should definitely surpass the original in many areas because they can see what improvements people want and implement the ones they see fit. Only real question is will it feel stale cuz its in the same world, or will everything else about the game be so new and cool that people don't mind playing a new adventure in the same place all over again.