Star Fox Zero has been delayed to 2016

Nintendo is taking a step back and opting to give Star Fox Zero a little more polish, so it won't be making its projected 2015 release.

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Undoubtedly, one of Nintendo's biggest games scheduled for what's left of 2015 is Star Fox Zero. However, those that have gone hands-on with the game (including both Steve Watts and myself here at Shacknews) haven't exactly come away with a sense of confidence. Perhaps that is why Nintendo is opting to hold off on releasing the game until next year."

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto posted the following on the official Nintendo Facebook page:

"I made a big decision last week.

"We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.

"To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.

"Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements."

This is another big blow for the Wii U, which already had The Legend of Zelda bow out of 2015 earlier this year with its own delay. With Star Fox Zero now out of the picture, that leaves Xenoblade Chronicles X as the Wii U's biggest remaining 2015 release, which isn't set to release until December.

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    September 18, 2015 12:25 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Star Fox Zero has been delayed to 2016

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      September 18, 2015 4:18 AM

      E3 impressions were lackluster if I recall. Did any shack staffers play it?

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        September 18, 2015 9:00 AM

        We had quite a few staffers play it, including myself. I thought the controls did a huge disservice to the game. Hopefully they add traditional controls. The art style was called into question by a number of the staff, but that wasn't the deal breaker for me. I love the franchise enough to buy whatever they end up releasing. Bummed it is delayed :(

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          September 18, 2015 12:24 PM

          They said they are adding a normal shooting mode. I do motion assist aiming in Splatoon so I caught on really quick. A friend of mine at Obsidian got it fast and one my of friends at Blizzard got it immediately, so much so that he played it almost entirely with the second screen.

          I played it like Splatoon, where I just looked at the HDTV and aimed with the gyro. Only time I would really look at the second screen is to aim at enemies directly below me.

          Either way, this game needs a great tutorial and an option to just play it like SF64. Some people will get it fast (experienced gyro users or PC gamers) but lots won't because its so unusual. Nintendo's thing is controls that are quick to grasp. Starfox Zero sticks out because there will be a serious learning curve for lots of people.

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        September 18, 2015 10:56 AM

        I played it earlier this month at GameStop Expo. I don't think you'll find a lot of bigger Star Fox fans than me, but maaaaaan, I was not feeling this at all.

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      September 18, 2015 4:23 AM

      Just in time for the wiinext

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        September 18, 2015 4:26 AM

        Is Nintendo seriously launching the NX in 2016? Now that the U has finally gained traction?

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          September 18, 2015 4:33 AM

          I think they stated more details to be released by then.

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            September 18, 2015 7:02 AM

            They haven't said. But I expect Nintendo will have an Event prior to E3 to announce the console. And there is a small chance that it will be out next Fall, but I expect Fall 2017.

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          September 18, 2015 5:00 AM

          It hasn't. Wii U has been great all along and nobody cares, why would anyone care now?

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          September 18, 2015 6:57 AM

          It's still not selling well. Attach rate is through the roof but the system itself barely broke 10million units so far iirc.

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            September 18, 2015 7:17 AM

            I really think this will be a disappointing generation for consoles in terms of sales. Sony seems to be doing fine though.

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              September 18, 2015 1:57 PM

              Both Sony and MS are beating their prior gen records but I don't know if it will keep up.

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                September 18, 2015 7:51 PM

                It's the games. These consoles just don't quite have them. We're getting some stuff now, and things are starting to settle in.

                I do worry that the larger stuff will continue to be few and far between with even less to fill the gap. I also see things being even safer than they were last generation.

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                  September 18, 2015 8:10 PM

                  When I say fill the gap I'm referring to stuff that's not quite AAA.

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            September 18, 2015 7:22 AM

            It's a stupid image, honestly. The Wii sales would make every other system look terrible too. Those first 3 years were ridiculous for Wii.

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              September 18, 2015 10:21 AM

              The image is dumb, sure. But those are only slightly better than dreamcast sales numbers for the wii u

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              September 18, 2015 12:30 PM

              Mid-2000s are also probably the peak of console gaming unless some massive new market like China suddenly buys into it.

              I think the era of Wii, DS, and PS2 size blockbusters are over. The massive mainstream audience no longer needs a console for casual gaming (phones and tablets), nor do they need a console for Netflix. I think the latter is why Microsoft mistakenly thought customers wanted TV TV TV with the XBox One, because so many users wouldn't play games but they'd watch movies or TV shows on it. Turns out this was only because you needed a $300+ box to do things like that. Now you can easily do that stuff for $30-$80 with a device that is much much smaller.

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            September 18, 2015 7:53 PM

            You have to provide some context if you're comparing sales of anything to the Wii.

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          September 18, 2015 10:22 AM

          there's no traction, it was dead after its second holiday season

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      September 18, 2015 9:38 AM

      I'm not really a fan of that plucked chicken walker.

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      September 18, 2015 9:50 AM

      That's too bad considering that was one of the only things for Wii U they showed at E3. And it didn't even look very good. :(

      Anyway, bring on Wooly World in the U.S. already!

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        September 18, 2015 10:07 AM

        Why isn't that out already?

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          September 18, 2015 12:48 PM

          Dunno, localization from European and Australian English to US English is hard? :P

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        September 18, 2015 10:12 AM

        Xenoblade and Mario tennis are still coming out. Plenty to play!

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          September 18, 2015 12:08 PM

          It has been an incredibly sparse year for the Wii U: http://www.nintendolife.com/wiiu/games

          Especially after last year. Ah well!

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            September 18, 2015 12:34 PM

            Yeah. Splatoon and Mario Maker are both top 10 2015 easy, Yoshi looks great, and a friend of mine who beat Xenoblade Chronicles X said that it was amazing, but that's not a ton of stuff after 2014.

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              September 18, 2015 2:33 PM

              Jesus, splatoon is so damn fun I really don't need another game this year.

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            September 18, 2015 1:11 PM

            It's been a sparse year for everyone. I don't think Sony or Microsoft are doing any better. Not with exclusives anyway. Nintendo, of course, doesn't get big third party releases though so it is worse for them.

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              September 18, 2015 1:34 PM

              Microsoft is doing ok with Halo 5 and Tomb Raider 2 being timed. Sony's E3 hype was crazy but the games won't be here for a while. March 2016 at the soonest with UC4 and nothing firm on the other stuff. I hope Last Guardian is next year but I won't be surprised if its 2017 or 2018.

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                September 18, 2015 8:02 PM

                My worry for Last Guardian is that it gets too close to Final Fantasy and those two cannibalize each other. Although Last Guardian is an exclusive so it'll likely come off a bit worse.

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      September 18, 2015 7:47 PM

      I'm actually happy to hear this. Everything I've seen so far isn't really hitting for me. Particularly the visuals.

      Kudos on the talking babble heads from the 64 though.

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      September 18, 2015 8:21 PM

      This is a good thing.

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      September 22, 2015 7:03 AM

      Delay it FOR EVA!
      (or until its ready for consumption)
      I'm telling you Mayamoto gotta get his groove back and stay off that hardware. Get back to that dev life.