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The Legend of Zelda on Wii U delayed past 2015

With an entire open world to play with, Nintendo isn't about to restrict themselves to a timetable. So don't look for The Legend of Zelda on Wii U to make it this year, after all.


When Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma revealed The Legend of Zelda on Wii U back in December during the Game Awards, there was a lot of doubt that it would reach its anticipated 2015 window. That's because this Zelda game was taking the series into the open world for the first time, offering entirely new possibilities. Aonuma has come to realize this himself and has announced that the game, indeed, will not make it to Wii U this year.

In a personal video message on the Legend of Zelda Facebook page, Aonuma cited that designers have found new gameplay possibilities for Link's first open-world adventure. Given the team's newfound ambition, the game is being pushed back into 2016 for polish purposes. Aonuma apologized to fans, but noted, "Our priority is to make [Zelda Wii U] the most complete and ultimate Zelda game."

Given that Nintendo has new hardware lined up for the future, the eventual Legend of Zelda looks to be quite the swansong for Wii U. Look for more information to (hopefully) come later this year. (Just... don't look for it at E3.)

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    March 27, 2015 3:19 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, The Legend of Zelda on Wii U delayed past 2015

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      March 27, 2015 7:10 PM

      Damn, not even going to be at E3? Looking like late-2016 in that case.

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      March 27, 2015 8:13 PM

      Nooooo :(

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      March 27, 2015 8:31 PM

      Disappointing, but I'm not really surprised. Looks to be a very quiet year for the Wii U though.

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      March 27, 2015 9:05 PM

      Probably delayed so it can be a cross-gen launch title for the new console they're already working on.

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        March 27, 2015 9:23 PM

        Probably. Same with Twilight Princess and their last underperforming console, the Gamecube

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        March 28, 2015 8:33 AM

        NX, whatever it is, is at least 2 years away. I don't think Zelda U is being pushed that far.

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      March 27, 2015 9:31 PM

      Not surprised.

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      March 27, 2015 10:23 PM

      Ugh, WTF Nintendo. This was one of my very top games I was looking forward to this year.

      And then he twists the knife by saying it won't even be at E3. Really? A new trailer and a name would have been too much to ask?


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      March 27, 2015 10:51 PM

      Two words: Star Fox.

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      March 30, 2015 7:26 AM

      Swan song rather than one of many?....rather rubbish if you ask me. These Zelda games are always a bitter sweet pill to swallow. Cool because they always bring the thunder, but lame, because they usually mark the end of the end of the current hardware cycle.

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