Zelda delayed on GameCube

Twilight Princess won't release alongside Wii version as planned; game now set for December 11 release.

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Today was a good day for Wii news. There was an abundance of information on the system's release date, price, and launch games, and the Wii's multimedia functions were revealed and displayed in video form on Nintendo's Web site.

While future Wii owners celebrated en masse, the GameCube faithful hung their heads. The most anticipated game for the current-generation console, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, has once again been delayed.

Thankfully, the postponement won't be as torturous as last year's lengthy delay and will instead be limited to just a few weeks. Originally planned to launch alongside the Wii version of the game with the next-gen console's launch, Twilight Princess for the GameCube is now slated for a December 11 release.

Nintendo did not mention a reason for the game's delay, but the timing is a bit odd. The GameCube version was announced in 2004, but the Wii version was revealed long after the current-gen version had already been in development. Though logic would presume that the GameCube version would be finished well ahead of the next-gen version, this simply doesn't appear to be the case.

A fairly polished version of the GameCube version was on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005 and drew hours-long lines from hordes of Zelda fans. At this year's E3, however, the GameCube version didn't even make the trip to Los Angeles, and the hours-long lines at Nintendo's booth were for the Wii and its roster of games, which included the next-gen version of Twilight Princess.

Discussion

278 comments
Goliath_unit
Goliath_unit

i dun own a GC, so this really doesnt bother me, but i also dun own a Wii, so that cant affect me either :?

marbles01
marbles01

The Wii doesn't look brilliant but the GC isn't great. Nintendo are clearly trying to make more money by doing this. But since the magnificent N64 is still new to me there's no point in me getting a Wii yet. Anyway there aren't enough worthwhile games for GC so thats the system that I'll be buying TP for.

rune_user
rune_user

ok if any one thinks im overreacting to this i agree but its stupid this game was heald back for a year no matter what this forum says baecaus in nintendo power magazine last year stated that TP was coming out in November 26 2005 think about it

rune_user
rune_user

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zaveline
zaveline

Ohhh so they put it for December 11! cool i can get it!!

zaveline
zaveline

WAT??? THEY CANCELED THE GAMECUBE VERSION?!!!??!?!?!?!?!??!?!!?!?!?!??!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!? OMG now ill have to wait untill gamecube games are out of stores JESS!!! NINTENDO CAN U MAKE MORE GC GAMES???!!!?!?!?!? WTH?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! p.s Well iam excited about the Wii version of it Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

fox3586
fox3586

they are just trying to sell more Wii's (not that it should be a problem). Its good marketing.

gibsonrocker800
gibsonrocker800

ok why is everyone getting so pissed off at nintendo. think about it, they wanted it to be great for the Wii, but they were smart and cool enough to make it for the gamecube for those who prefer it. the reason it is probably delayed is because of all of the extra programming they had to put into it, its not easy. people who keep saying "I'm done with Nintendo" are retarded, Nintendo is the best video game company out there. They, unlike Sony and Microsoft, think that it was more important to make games fun and intuitive as opposed to having good graphics. Besides, graphics aren't really that important. I dont care what anyone says, Ocarina of Time was the best game in history and the graphics werent amazing, they didnt need to be. Im hoping Twilight Princess is going to be as good or better. I'm going to get a Wii probably, but not at launch (I've only saved up 37 dollars so far). But back to the gamecube issue... in the summer of 2005, i bought a gamecube because i thought that TP was coming out for it, but i mean, it wasnt a big deal to me. The longer we wait, the better the game is. Seriously, if they would have released the game in 2005 it would be garbage. Now that theyve had a whole year to add things, it is going to be very fun and long (I've heard that its going to be over 100 hours). 31 days .

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

What!? Now I have to buy a Wii to play TP?! Well, guess I'll wait some time ¬¬

razorc03
razorc03

Here's a theory: They're probably delaying the GCN version to dumb down the full content of the game, that way you'd have to buy the Wii to experience the full Zelda effect. In summary, the GCN version of TP will be like a DEMO of TP. I swear, Nintendo, if you purposely HALF-A$S the GCN version.... wow, I don't even want to begin....

Lunar6
Lunar6

This is controversial in every sense of the word.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

You're f'n kidding, right? The game is delayed what, two or three weeks? Get over it.

rune_user
rune_user

ok who here agrees with the fact that it is F****** ridiculous that it takes a year to fix some messed up part in a game wouldnt it take like a month or two not a f****** year

Darkseid
Darkseid

I see all these future Wii buyers saying "get over it". Or GC owners saying, "I guess I have to get the Wii then". Don't you guys get it? First, your buying a new system to play a game that BY ALL REPORTS looks no different than the GC version. Second, your cool with this now, but what happens when Nintendo does the same thing with the Wii? Heres how that board meeting will go... Jack***-"why not delay the release of "insert big title here" on Wii and release it on the next system". Voice of reason-"thats not right. Our Wii customers have been waiting for 1-1/2 years for us to release this game on our current system. They've stuck with us even though our big titles are the ONLY thing worth playing on our system. We owe it to them!" Jack***-"We don't owe them ****. Besides it worked last time, remember how we fleeced those GC owners into buying the Wii in the first place....why not do it again? After all, we have to do something to catch up to Sony and Microsoft and make up for our own moronic mistakes" Company president-"Agreed! If it worked last time, why not do it again." Thats what you guys are getting into by allowing Nintendo to pull this trick. I say if you planned on buying the GC version, then stick it out and wait the 3 weeks. And if they dare to cancel it for GC entirely, then go the N64 route that most people did and wait till Wii hits the "used" pile, THEN buy it and all the good games for a quarter of the original cost. Thats the ONLY way to stop this kind of action from gaming companies.

renagadez187
renagadez187

Scum!!!! I can't even remember when they announced twilight on gamecube!! Then again, it's a pretty good strategy, relying on die-hard fans (like me) to buy a whole new console with zelda rather than wait a few weeks. Curse you Nintendo!!

BloodlessWolf
BloodlessWolf

Wow, is Nintendo serious? When I read this I kind of laughed because they are a joke. Yay a wiimote.. The same thing as a controller except you move the remote instead of an anolog stick. That is going to change the gameplay alot... Not.

pigman239
pigman239

2 words. F*** THAT. i was worried about wanting this and ps3 around the same time but...guess this is never coming out for GC. so. yeah. maybe i'll get it early next year when my ps3 stops being fun? s*** my b***s nintnedo.

KEVLOZ
KEVLOZ

yea this is also pissing me off to they keep doing this over and over its getting out of hand. Im a loyal Nintendo fan regardless of the fact they be putting more than enough bull games out on there systems. Im going to keep waiting for TP on GC. For them to do keep doing this to loyal fans its down right wrong in many ways we all know the game is finished they might as well give us what we won't instead of holding out for more money which is obvious to a monkey that they are doing.

TrUe_GaMer108
TrUe_GaMer108

Now ever since the news about the delay of the game of twilight princess was annouced, many people have complained about the upsetting news while other gamers who are going for the wii rejoice. We all know by now that nintendo just wants to sell more wii systems, (i shouldn't have to say that since this is the thousandth time), but fact of the matter is this is almost like a broken promise to the true fans of zelda and nintendo. Yea, you can check out the wii version for $250 more in comparison to the gcn version, which if you look at it, is a loss of money of course, and since people been waiting 2 years for the game to come out, and to finally hear the game is delayed and you have to spend more money, id be mad too, cause no one knows of the wii's potential yet, plus the zelda on the wii looks like a exact replica of the gcn version(no the graphics havent changed, so dont even lie about that). Anyway, im with gcn, you can flip around that controller till ya wrist fall off, im stickin wit what i came to get since 2004, besides the wii doesn't look that great anyway(sorry a** garbage).

vindigo89
vindigo89

This is seriously pissing me off! This will definitely be the last game I buy for the cube. It seems that Nintendo simply dont want to get any cool games. 95% of the games available are what i like to call "color games". Childlike games with tons of bright colors. Turns out that I bought the GB for the wrong reason(Zelda). All I got was Zelda turned color game and now what i expected in the first place, only a year and a half after it was announced. I think most boys over the age of 12 will find GC/Wii boring. Gonna buy a PS3 with the new versions of Tekken and Pro Evolution Soccer. Ocarina of time is perhaps the most brilliant game ever made. Problem is, my expectations to this game are extraordinarily gigantic. After postponing for so long this game better be FLAWLESS! Only thing that could be worse the this is if they dont release TP on the GC at all. In that case I think my GC would go right out the window, literally!

vindigo89
vindigo89

This is seriously pissing me off! This will definitely be the last game I buy for the cube. It seems that Nintendo simply dont want to get any cool games. 95% of the games available are what i like to call "color games". Childlike games with tons of bright colors. Turns out that I bought the GB for the wrong reason(Zelda). All I got was Zelda turned color game and now what i expected in the first place, only a year and a half after it was announced. I think most boys over the age of 12 will find GC/Wii boring. Gonna buy a PS3 with the new versions of Tekken and Pro Evolution Soccer. Ocarina of time is perhaps the most brilliant game ever made. Problem is, my expectations to this game are extraordinarily gigantic. After postponing for so long this game better be FLAWLESS! Only thing that could be worse the this is if they dont release TP on the GC at all. In that case I think my GC would go right out the window, literally!

JMH74767
JMH74767

One of many reasons why I'm waiting for the Gamecube version is the fact that I gotta show respect for the good ol cube, its been a great system for me, and it deserves to have the LAST GREAT GAME, and most likely the BEST game for this system! Not only that, but I'd like to play this game portable ( I own a 5.2" screen for my cube ), and I like the fact that I can play any of my Cube games portable, I'll probably get the WII version next year, when it goes to Players Choice. Plus I'm sure the WII will have better games within a years time.

GeGcuban
GeGcuban

do they really think that the gamecube version would out sell the wii virsion durring this holiday season?

jp0990
jp0990

No reason huh? For me, they just want the Wii to make some sales with Zelda fans who can't wait and have the cash to buy teh game+the Wii. I, know I don't.....But it's no big surprise to me. I mean, no offense to Nintendo, but Microsoft and sony are miles ahead of them. 360 and PS3 have better games, new ones that are bringing a new genre or completely replacing old standards with those type of game. Nintendo on the other side is now old fationned, Ok, Mario is cool, Link too, I'm having fun with those game, but get something else, something new. A good strategy would be reshearching new game idea, rather than exhausting the existing one. let's say one or two Zelda by console, ok, but 20 Mario games is a little too much. They need roleplaying game, they need shooters, not just James Bond, but some good 1st person shooter from past present and future.

d3vilg0d
d3vilg0d

I wil wait it out for the GCN or I just wasted moola on buying the system 3 years ago.The GCN started well then it went 90 degrees south.all the wii demos were running on the GCN at E3 2006.I am really sceptical about how long the console will last in the market.

rune_user
rune_user

it was going to come out in november last year but they held it for over a year it is f****** ridiclous what part of a game takes a year to fixs

guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

WHAT, how long do i have to f ' ing wait for this game. i'm definately not going to buy a wii if this game doesnt come out for the gamecube, just in spite of nintendo.

cholo1075
cholo1075

I'm going to wait until the both verions come out then see wich is really worth getting. The Wii w/ the fishing and the sword swing or the GC w/ the good old controller Im and millions of other are used to play with. But I got a feeling the Wii verion will be the best of the two, only time will tell.

Lazypie
Lazypie

im sure that the Wii version will be good too, but not all of us have the money to buy a brand new, newly released console + the game. But man ive been waitin on this game since the first time i saw it in 2004, dats more than 2 years :S. *sigh* nintendo has really dissapointed me this time. Im normally a patient person, and i didnt even really mind the agonizing delay last year but common... and skew that whole "it will enrich the gamming experience" crap. i just wanna play the game.

T-renz
T-renz

Guys, the Wii is going to be sick, so why wait for a lesser version to come out for gamecube. The Wii version is going to be a lot more advanced and probably even better graphics so you should stop complaining and just pick up a Wii and the best launch title a system has ever offered. (Twighlight Princess of course). You may also want to pick up mario galaxy, red steel and super smash bros by the way. The gamecube will always be sweet, but its days for new games is over, GET OVER IT. Peace love and dope.

T-renz
T-renz

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Shaoran_Lee
Shaoran_Lee

This is just incredible!!!!, How long we need to wait to play TP on the GCN??? I'm desapointed with Nintendo for their decision of promote the Wii console and game, instead of think in all the people who had a GCN and was waiting so long for this game. All this for Money... I'm very disapointed. I'm not going to buy this game on the Wii, I'm waiting the GCN version...

acidglitter
acidglitter

this makes nintendo sound like they're more about making money than being inlove with videogames. so now i'm sad :(

newZeldamaster
newZeldamaster

.... Okay I'm usually the quiet type even in real life but now my voice must be heard. I've been waiting on this thing since back in 2005 like most everybody else and I can remember times when I go into insane zelda fan mode and imagining what Twilight is going to be like... BUT NOW I DON'T EVEN CARE so much any more. I still am going get it probably the gamecube version because of having practically no income from my parents. Anyways if the gamecube version is any worse in anyway to the Wii one or the give some sort of bonus disc to those who buy the Wii version and not the gamcube version the I'm to go insanely mad!!! P.S. I'm so quiet about these things that this my first post! May be now I'll make more.

usernametoolong
usernametoolong

I agree with Master Janus on this one: it's obvious why Nintendo delayed the gamecube version. They want to make people buy the Wii so that they don't have to wait any longer to play Twilight Princess. If they can finish the Wii version by November 19, there's no reason that they can't finish the Gamecube version. Boo Nintendo!!!

rkonbon
rkonbon

jesus i wish theyd stop postponing the release of this. i was antsy all summer long for it to come out and then it didnt GODDAMN >,

rkonbon
rkonbon

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LikwidX3
LikwidX3

starfox would be awesome on the wii

corbypete
corbypete

I think the graphics are gonna look really sexy on this title, even though im not amega zelda fan. Anyone remember starfox and the marble floor effects on the cube, how solid they felt? Same sort of textures here, nintendo get this animated type of game spot on with quality.

Eric_b_man
Eric_b_man

I have this strong felling that it will be delayed again

MasterJanus
MasterJanus

Incredible.... This truly demonstrates that nintendo wants to indirectly MAKE people buy the Wii in order to not wait any longer. I never really thought nintendo would be capable of doing this... I think this will be the last nintendo game that i will ever buy, cuz after TP i'm saying bye bye to the GC and the Wii and i will stick to the PS and Xbox systems.... this is so dissapointing :( Who knows, maybe i'll change my mind in a few months ;)

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

it really doesnt make sense....TP is a GCN game, not a Wii game, so why represent it as a wii game first?

neoteny
neoteny

calm down maxmouse...shhh...deep breathes...it's okay...everythings gonna be alright...feel better now? NOW LET'S GO KILL THOSE M**HER F**KERS!!!!!!!

MaxMouse
MaxMouse

Man this is full of **** Why the hell they delay GameCube's version to December when they should have been working on that version more then the Wii. Everybody is not **** rich and is able to spend money on the Wii. AT **** E3 all they talking about is that damn Zelda for the will its like they fogotten about about The Gamecube O_O I'm so damn pissed off at waiting for this damn game to come out!!!! **** this piece of **** I bet people who were waiting for this game in 2005 are dead alreaday. This game probably gonna be cancelled for Gamecube's release and that is when I finally lost my faith in Nintendo and decide to sell all my Nintendo Games/consoles so I can get a PS3. GOD.........

yolimagar
yolimagar

Money, money, is all about money. I'm a Zelda fan, but this is way too much... forget about Nitendo... Me, i'm going to keep playing my favorite game so far, World of Warcraft (wOW)

D-Moe
D-Moe

I'm still on the fence about it, yes, I am a huge Zelda fan, but enough of this crap about the delays, they should have put it out long ago, and then released the Wii. I would have been so impressed (we all know TP will be awesome like every other Zelda except Majora's Mask of course) that I would have probably bought the Wii version also, but not sure now...

deadman80
deadman80

this is FN BS now it's going to be dec 11 until we get to play it for the GC this it with Nintendo. im sticking with playstation for now on thought i would give Nintendo and chance again but f**k it

PrinceLinkX2
PrinceLinkX2

Isn't it obvious? They are delaying the gamecube version to make sure people buy the Wii and the Wii version. Duh!

Forfur
Forfur

They were so busy making the Wii version of the game perfect, that they forgot about the Gamecube version. Not only that, they have to spend more time on the gamecube version to make it as good as the Wii version because the Wii remote gives a huge advantage. Anyway, Wii version for me!