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Zelda Wii U Delayed Until Possibly 2016
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March 28, 2015, 00:25:56
Well this is a hookshot to the balls...

The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U is officially delayed until possibly 2016. This news comes from a Development Update video (seen below) that Eiji Aonuma posted on Youtube. Mr. Aonuma of course is the director of this upcoming Nintendo title.

While he doesn't explicitly say the game will release in 2016 for sure, the team is no-longer using 2015 as a focus and thus they aren't trying to release it by year's end. Will they still pull it off? Maybe... but it's not probable from the sound of it.

Sure our initial reactions are that of sadness, disappointment, or anger,... but could this be a good thing? Maybe it's obviously one? More time, more ideas, more polish... should be wonderful right? Anyone worried about a Twilight Princess situation where the game eventually has a weak release on the original system in order to be even 'more spectacular' on the next-gen system? We have no reason to believe this would happen but it'd be kinda crazy if it did.

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Posted: 03/28/15, 00:25:56  - Edited by 
 on: 03/28/15, 00:30:40    
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OK FUCK THAT. That was honestly gonna be one of my highlights of the entire year, seeing that first footage (edit: Proper trailer). Come on!

Ugh, please DON'T rework it. I loved what I saw of that footage.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:23:23  - Edited by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:26:41
Abdooooo said:

If it didn't come to Wii U at all I'd actually laugh and then cry. 3rd parties have stopped supporting it. Let's not think Nintendo will do the same!

I'd actually be 100% fine with it on a personal level, as I'm going to buy every Nintendo platform anyway. That said, I think it would be an awful idea that would enrage a lot of people who will claim that they bought a Wii U entirely for Zelda U. I'm sure Nintendo is smart enough to realize that.

carlosrox said:

OK FUCK THAT. That was honestly gonna be one of my highlights of the entire year, seeing that first footage. Come on!

They have to have a good reason for it. Maybe they feel like showing something off now won't accurately reflect the game based on the new direction it's going in. Better to show it when it's ready.

They can still have a very strong E3 without it. I imagine we could see what teams like Next Level and Retro have been working on, and those could be hugely exciting games... if they haven't been pushed back to NX, of course. *snort*

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:25:52  - Edited by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:30:05

I love Zelda and all, but Metroid Prime 4 at E3 would make me forget all about it for now. Mind blow!

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:33:26
@HammerLord Then what is Skyward Sword because it was never good.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:35:54

Metroid anything Other than M!

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:42:36
My ass it wasn't. The game absolutely had moments of brilliance.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:42:56
Yeah, after Uncharted 4, all we need now is for Halo 5 to be delayed and then none of the first parties will have their planned fall big exclusive out this year.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:45:03


Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:47:06
carlosrox said:


It is the only path to give rise to the great Sega Sammy Koei Tecmo Bandai Namco Square Enix Capcom Konami Holdings corporation (SSKTBNSECK, for short, pronounced Sssktembenseck).

Of course, they will eventually go bankrupt when the single game they release in 2022 only sells 20 million copies and obviously can't make a profit... sure will be beautiful though!

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:53:23  - Edited by 
 on: 03/28/15, 02:55:58
I'm okay with this. There are plenty of other amazing-looking open world games coming out this fall.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 03:33:27
I'm okay with this, but mostly because my son's birth is scheduled for around E3, so I wasn't going this year anyway. I'm very excited about Zelda, but I can live with it being later if it means it's that much greater. I have faith that the team's making the right decision here. TWW criticizers who didn't like Jabun giving you the Pearl should be elated at this news!

I do hope they have a big game for Christmas time though. C'mon, Metroid...!

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 04:05:00
Not to totally derail this thread about Zelda, but you folks hoping for a Metroid game at E3 might want to check out Axiom Verge. Early signs are that it's really good.

(Should be coming to PC, too, I think.)

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 04:47:39  - Edited by 
 on: 03/28/15, 04:48:16
I'm more then understanding.. Zelda is Nintendo's left hand.. (Mario being the 'right')... I never really believed 2015 as a possibility - I'm just really leaning on Xenoblade 'cross' for this years main large, take over my life, game (From Nintendo at least) ..

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 05:04:19
Yea, 2015 always seemed like a real outside chance to me, so, I'm not at all surprised or disappointed. Eventually it will come out, eventually I'll play it, eventually I'll love it. Still got about a dozen games on my backlog, so, no rush, Nintendo!

DrFinkelstein said:
...a hookshot to the balls...

Next podcast title? jk jk

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 05:27:20
The way Nintendo kept pointing out that Zelda was going to be a 2015 game made me believe them. Maybe it was a top down decision so that people would think there's decent content for the end of this year.

I don't really know how game development works so I won't say whether what was shown at the game awards was representative of the real game. Most of the time we see demos they are basically finished products in their own right. What was shown seemed more like a build of the game. We've all heard how the game doesn't really get optimized until towards the end of development so they have chosen to turn off some elements to make the game run smoother. Or maybe they just didn't want to show too much. Or maybe that's all they had.

In the end I'm not surprised by the delay considering everyone else except myself expected one. I just hope this doesn't end up like Skyward Sword. I get the feeling that that game was retooled possibly more than once and they felt they needed to release the game when they did. And to make up for the lack of content they put in a bunch of busy work. All the little collect-a-thon B.S. is what really soured me on the game. It was pretty awesome otherwise.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 06:07:48
Yeah I wouldn't mind so much if they didn't fucking flat out insist numerous times it was a 2015 title and then say no E3 showing either.

I understand, and I assume it'll make the game that much better, but with open world games, HD developent, and Nintendo's current situation, it makes me slightly worried that something might be wrong. But they deserve the benefit of the doubt and I'll give it to them, but I'd appreciate if they gave me a fucking story trailer.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 09:02:57
Anyone who honestly thought this was coming in 2015 was just kidding themselves.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 09:53:40
The no 2015 part isn't really surprising.

The no E3 part is. Only reason I can think of for that is if they are changing the game up in a major way. Maybe they realised their scope was too big?

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 10:04:53

There is absolutely no evidence to sort that idea. It had just as good of a chance to come out this year as any others. It's just easy for you to say now that this announcement was made.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 11:32:52

Easy? Not at all. Called this last year.

Shadowlink said:

That's cute, you think it's going to be out next year

Delays on Zelda are pretty standard.

The no E3 part was unexpected though, absolutely. Depressing.

Posted by 
 on: 03/28/15, 11:36:32  - Edited by 
 on: 03/28/15, 11:37:31
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