In what is the least surprising news ever, Nintendo has announced the delay of the long awaited The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. In what is the least surprising reason ever, it’s because they are having the title release on the Nintendo NX when it becomes available in March. Shocking.
Nintendo also confirmed that The Legend of Zelda will be the primary focus of their presence at E3 this year. This is, of course, after they’ve confirmed the NX will not be shown at the show. So it’s the (still existing) Wii U version that we’ll be getting a good look at:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016
Nintendo also confirmed the Wii U and NX versions of the game have been in development alongside each other for some time:
“The latest installment in this classic series is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both Wii U and NX, and both versions of the game have been in development in tandem. Because the developers need more time to polish the game, it will launch in 2017, but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at E3.”
And here are Nintendo’s notes in regards to their E3 presentation:
“Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda series. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.”
Either Nintendo is extremely confident in what they have to show for The Legend of Zelda on Wii U, or they really have nothing left to brag about that’s headed to the Wii U. I’m going to guess it’s a combination of both. The Wii U is dead, with Star Fox being the last prominent title before The Legend of Zelda was to come later this year. Let’s hope we get some solid NX news shortly after E3, because it’s going to be a long 11 months for Nintendo fans…