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The Legend of Zelda Wii U delayed until 2016

Producer also confirms the game won't appear at E3

The Legend Of Zelda has been delayed until 2016, according to the latest update from producer Eiji Aonuma.

"In these last three months - as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date - we've discovered several new possibilities for this game. As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality new ideas have continued to spring forth. It now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds even my own expectations," he explained in a video, available below.

"We are no longer making our 2015 release our number one priority. Instead, our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make The Legend of Zelda for Wii U into a game that will reward you for your patience."

Nintendo America also took to social media to reveal that the game wouldn't be appearing at E3 in June either.

It was just December when Shigeru Miyamoto and Aonuma gave gamers a glimpse of the work in progress and said the game would be out in 2015.

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Latest comments (13)

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
Ah well... at least it's still a work in progress. Keep it on the stove 'til it's cooked, team!
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
So with that both Sony's biggest 2015 release(Uncharted 4) and now Nintendo's(LOZ Wii U) have both been pushed back to 2016. I now suspect Microsoft and 343 to make a similar announcement regarding Halo 5 although to be honest I hope they don't announce it until four days from now
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The real question here for Nintendo is what else they have lined up this year. I'm still waiting for Galaxy & Metroid WiiU titles...
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 4 years ago
@Paul they just announced for October on Halo
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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam4 years ago
"In these last three months - as the team has experienced first hand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date - we've discovered several new possibilities for this game"
Translation - "None of us have played Skyrim."
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
John, what's more plausible?

1. No one on a team of several hundred action adventure developers has ever played Skyrim.
Or
2. Someone on that team had a damn good idea that they didn't want to wait until the squeal to implement.
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Joe Winkler trained retail salesman, Expert4 years ago
2016? That sounds a lot like announcing the game for 2 Platforms.
The Nintendo "NX" whatever it will be, could be a new platform released on Holiday 2016.
That could mean, that the game will be available for 2 Nintendo platforms. Just like it happend with Twilight Princess they can release it simultaniously on the NEXT Generation (as the big release game) and the current.
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Ralph Tricoche Studying MA, CUNY4 years ago
Yikes! just Yikes!
This will hurt.
Nintendo needed Zelda this year. Guess they are banking on Xenoblade X.
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Ralph Tricoche Studying MA, CUNY4 years ago
Zelda games are bittersweet pills. We all get excited because of course they are Zelda games and we expect only the best Nintendo has to offer with each release, BUT they also mark the end of the hardware cycle. Its like getting on the train at the second to last stop. Why sit down when there is basically no ride left, no steam, nothing left to see.
It would have been nice if with the new Zelda approach for this game, they also made it clear to not only the legion of Zelda fans but to Nintendo fans in general that this wasn't the end.
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Adam Campbell Game Manager, Azoomee4 years ago
Can't help but feel this will eventually be a cross generational title. Even if not intentionally, the same happened with Twilight Princess where it just made sense.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
I have the feeling this will be one of those crazy games that Nintendo wants to pop up on more than two platforms (as in Wii U, and whatever the NX ends up being as a home and portable system). Eh, we shall see. Expect some nice Amiibo sales of the "you're going to be a heavy Zelda player" variety, I bet...
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Neil Young Programmer, Rebellion Developments4 years ago
Does confirm what's been said a few times about Nintendo's low term priorities - delaying zelda will do the wiiu no favours, leaving it with a rather quiet 2015, but they'd rather do that than damage the franchise by pushing out something sub-standard.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 4 years ago
I thought no date was given. Isn't it only assumption that the delay is until 2016?
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