Nintendo NX version of Legend of Zelda rumored to release alongside Wii U version holiday 2016

The Legend of Zelda Wii U and NX may be released in Holiday 2016, according to a new rumor.

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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.

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      February 23, 2016 3:30 PM

      I'll most likely grab this on the new hardware, especially if there will be a Mario sidescroller or 3D launch title as well. I've bought every Nintendo console at launch and I've always gotten my money's worth with the first party developed games.

      I am definitely bummed that they're making new hardware so quickly though.

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      February 24, 2016 10:34 AM

      Wut?!?

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      February 24, 2016 10:46 AM

      I'm curious as to which one will be the port, because I expect for the first time since the GameCube Nintendo will have a vastly different gaming architecture.

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        February 25, 2016 2:20 PM

        It's possible they were developed in tandem... Seems a very Nintendo thing to do, since they like to polish their games a lot. Also, many dev engines are platform agnostic anymore, meaning developing for one essentially develops for all. They could have something similar in place.