In an interview with IGN, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, confirmed that The Legend of Zelda is still planned to release on the Wii U in 2016.
Reggie teased that Nintendo actually had footage of The Legend of Zelda that they were excited to share, but the company instead opted to focus on titles coming more immediately down the pipeline. Reggie confirmed that Nintendo’s focus for E3 is short-term based, and thus they didn’t showcase titles from late 2016 or 2017. Fils-Aime said that they “like to show content that typically will launch in the upcoming Holiday and maybe extending into the first half of the following year. And at this point, the new Zelda for Wii U is not a 2015 project.”
Nintendo’s North American President then elaborated, saying that they showed The Legend of Zelda at last year’s E3 because the company truly thought the project would make a 2015 release. Now that it’s not, and the game was a no-show at E3, he’s aware of the questions regarding the title actually being a Wii U game.
Reggie elaborated on the confirmations Shigeru Miyamoto gave earlier in the week, stating “Miyamoto has reinforced that it’s a 2016 game, and I also believe he’s reinforced that it’s a Wii U game because I know that there is that thinking floating around.” So that answers that, right?
All though there was a plethora of rumors suggesting that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was being pushed to 2017, Nintendo is steadfast that the game will make it out in 2016. And although Reggie confirmed Link’s next console outing is still set for Wii U, he didn’t deny that it could also find itself on the Nintendo NX. Twilight Princess anyone?