Back in 2014 I wrote a story regarding the new Zelda Wii U footage. I was really excited, not just because it looked superb, but that the release was set for a very confident 2015. Looks as if my scepticism radar wasn’t working very well due to the nostalgia & confidence of Nintendo conflicted.
Yes, Nintendo fans we have yet another delay. Zelda has gone from a very confident 2015 to an unknown 2016 release. Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma stated that 2015 release date for The Legend of Zelda title is no longer a “number one priority.” See our video below for more information.
A Nintendo spokesmen has also confirmed that you should not expect to see Zelda for Wii U at this years E3:
“As Mr. Aonuma announced, The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U is no longer targeted as a 2015 release. Rather than sticking to a specific schedule, the team wants to make this the most complete and the best game it can possibly be. The new launch timing has not yet been determined. Because we’d like to focus on developing the game, we aren’t planning on showing it at this year’s E3, where we will be highlighting games launching in 2015. We will let you know when we’re ready to share more specifics.”
I think we should really Ignore all release dates until there is around 3 months remaining. I don’t believe publishers should force pre-orders for a game they are unsure are going to meet their deadlines. the problem mostly is due to the egotism and hype building publishers vs them pesky developers wanting to actually have a working title released. This is why we are seeing so many unfinished games upon release. But in this case delaying Zelda is a brilliant idea. Nintendo haven’t publicly told us to pre-order and have not set a release date. If taking more time to develop Zelda is needed then I am happy to wait a little longer.
I do have one concern with the delay of Zelda and Nintendos new “NX” project for release in 2017. if the next console in development is to be backwards compatible, like the Wii and Wii U, would it be safe to say the the new Nintendo title will work for their next generation system? I may not even consider purchasing a Wii U for this title alone and I may actually hold off until the next system is released. Maybe delaying Zelda may be harmful for the potential Wii U sales in the future.