Report: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won't launch along with Nintendo Switch

The next Legend of Zelda title was expected to launch in March 2017 along with the Switch, but a new report claims that's no longer the case.


Several months after Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be getting a simultaneous release on both Wii U and Switch, a report claims that's no longer the case as it's expected to no longer release in March 2017.

The report comes from reliable Nintendo tipster Emily Rogers who outlines Breath of the Wild's localization schedule, which apparently isn't going as smoothly as the company would have liked. The localization will now continue through 2016, which will be followed by at least "four-to-six months of testing."

The reason for the possible delay is due to Breath of the Wild being a much more ambitious game than Nintendo originally expected. The team needs to localize every single aspect of the game, which includes its text, NPCs, quests, items, and more. Then once localization is done, testing will need to commence as Nintendo intends to have a game that's as free from bugs as possible.

We've reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update our story accordingly.

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      November 15, 2016 6:46 AM

      What will the Switch launch with then? We've seen almost nothing of any Mario games in development, so they're definitely not going to be launch titles.

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        November 15, 2016 6:47 AM

        Iirc the current rumor going around is that the Mario footage in the switch video Nintendo released is from a launch Mario title.

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        November 15, 2016 6:56 AM

        The rumor is that the Mario title is pretty much done. Plus they're going to launch with HD remakes like Mario Kart and Splatoon.

        Zelda has always been "launch window", though this rumor that localization is taking longer than they thought and that somehow delays QA just doesn't make sense to me, but whatever.

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      November 15, 2016 6:56 AM

      Not really surprising. How long until we hear that it's been delayed a year, and then another year, and then it's actually been delayed until the Switch U has been released?

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      November 15, 2016 9:18 AM

      Hmm... that was a major driving force for me to buy that thing. I'm not buying a Wii U at this point but I really want to play that game! I may hold off on the Switch for a bit unless there is another killer app.

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      November 16, 2016 7:03 AM

      Bye WiiU. I kept you around because I was waiting on Zelda. I had fun times.

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