While we still have yet to hear official confirmation from Nintendo regarding the release date of its upcoming The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U, a rumor points to the game releasing during holiday 2016 along with a Nintendo NX version of the same game.
The rumor comes from a NeoGAF user who claims to have a verified source at Nintendo. The poster says their source has “shown proof of an internal US marketing budget and scheduling overview for 2016.” The overview focuses squarely on Wii U and 3DS games and key parts highlight both The Legend of Zelda NX and Wii U versions will either release on the same day or shortly after during the Nintendo NX holiday 2016 launch window.
This wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo released essentially the same Legend of Zelda game across console generations as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess made its way to both GameCube and the Wii, and now the Wii U. But to have what we believe to be the same game release across console generations at nearly the same time would be rather interesting.
We’d wonder if Wii U owners would adopt the Nintendo NX early if they can play the same game on their current console. The only way that could possibly occur is if there was a drastic difference between both the Wii U and Nintendo NX versions like improved graphics, greater draw distance, and more.