Nintendo Delays Legend of Zelda for Wii U

The game also won’t be on display at this year’s E3.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 03/27/2015 17:00 12 Comments     ShareThis

Alas, it seemed too good to be true. Despite Nintendo’s insistence that the next Legend of Zelda title for Wii U would be released by the end of the year, it appears that is no longer the case, as series produce Eiji Aonuma has said that a 2015 release for the game is “no longer a number one priority.”

According to Aonuma, the development team has been hard at work making the next Zelda installment, which has yet to be given an official title, the best game that it can be following its showing at The Game Awards last December. Since then, however, it appears that the team has discovered “several new possibilities” for the title, which has pushed its development schedule back indefinitely.

Nintendo has also confirmed that the title will not be making a showing at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, citing the team’s desire to continue developing the game to make it the “most complete and the best game it can possibly be.” Given its absence from the show, however, it appears this indefinite delay may be longer than fans realize, as the expo is typically used to highlight games that will be released within the next year.

What do you think about Zelda’s delay? Are you disappointed by the news, or did you expect this to happen? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Source: IGN

12 Responses to “Nintendo Delays Legend of Zelda for Wii U”

  • 699 points
    Matthew Tidman says...

    Nintendo delays Zelda… why is this even news anymore?

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    Joshua A. Johnston says...

    “Several new possibilities…”

    I’m guessing voice acting is not one of them.

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    OG75 says...

    “the next Zelda installment, which has yet to be given an official title”

    Something along the lines of “The Legend of Zelda NX.”

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    OG75 says...

    More random thoughts….

    Remember how The Wind Waker HD was supposed to “hold us over” until Zelda Wii U? And that game released in October, 2013! (in the US). I’d be happy if they just kept pumping out HD remakes while we waited for the next Zelda. Give me an HD Twilight Princess (why not?) And while they’re at it, how about an HD Skyward Sword?

    Come to think of it, didn’t Nintendo make some statement about DS games on the Wii U about a year ago? Bring on Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass!

    My only hope(s) is: 1.) Xenoblade Chronicles X makes it Stateside this year and 2.) Retro Studios shows us their cards.

    If Zelda Wii U actually slips to the next console, The Wii U would be the only Nintendo system to not get an original Zelda (besides Virtual Boy).

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  • 267 points
    decoupage says...

    Peer (a former editor from another site) made an interesting point on an internet (Imagine) games network, that pretty much every modern Zelda game has been delayed one year since OoT.
    Between that, and a personal doubt that the next gen Nintendo console will be released before 2017 leads me to still be looking forward to playing an exclusive to the WiiU, great new Zelda game next year. I haven’t been disappointed by any Zelda game that I’ve played, and trust Nintendo to do great things.

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    xeacons says...

    Yeah, haste maskes waste. Zelda hasn’t disappointed me yet. Better to take time for quality than rush out halfway to please some fans.

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    Marc Deschamps says...

    Totally unsurprising, but I’m still bummed. Luckily, the system still has a fantastic lineup this year. I’m wondering if Star Fox gets pushed as the year’s big holiday release now, or if something else will take that spot.

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    sezmarque says...

    I am not surprised but also a little bummed about it. I have no doubts it’s going to be great game whenever it is released.

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    penduin says...

    There are the games which get delayed by a year or so (as has been pointed out, most Zelda games fall under this category) and there are sequels which come out on time and like clockwork, for example Assassin’s Creed. I really like AC, but each game is a bit hit-and-miss. None of them stand up years later as unique, polished treasures the way Zelda games do.

    I’m glad both approaches exist; I don’t think every game should get delayed until it’s perfect, but those insane standards at that end of the spectrum is part of why we’re such big Nintendo fans.

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  • 459 points
    Drew Ciccotelli says...

    I have been with Nintendo since NES and the delay if Zelda has become a tradition among the loyal Nintendo followers. We wait, we wait and we wait and we forget until one day it happens and we are taken mind blown again and again. Patience and understanding is what helps us get through. Also a sparing in our wallet sure helps.

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    Drew Ciccotelli says...

    I have been with Nintendo since NES and the delay of Zelda has become a tradition among the loyal Nintendo followers. We wait, we wait and we wait and we forget until one day it happens and we are taken mind blown again and again. Patience and understanding is what helps us get through. Also a sparing in our wallet sure helps.

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    excaliburguy says...

    As Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Spocket once said, “All things in time.” I mean, heck, we waited, what, five years for Smash 4? And look how that turned out.

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