GameStop Suggests Zelda: Breath of the Wild Could Come Out Before April

Breath of the Wild might come out in March alongside the Switch, according to GameStop.

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Following a report that claimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might not launch in March alongside the Nintendo Switch, retailer GameStop has now suggested it could.

As part of the retailer's latest earnings report today, GameStop listed Breath of the Wild as a title it's at least preparing for in the first quarter of calendar 2017, which would be January-March. The slide where this is mentioned is titled "Focused Marketing Calendar," which could only mean that GameStop will begin marketing action at this time. However, during an earnings call, GameStop management suggested that the properties mentioned on the slide pertain to when a product will come out.

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Also listed in Q1 2017 are Mass Effect: Andromeda and Injustice 2, as well as the movie Ghost in the Shell. With the exception of Injustice 2, all of these are slated to come out in that time window. Injustice 2 is only confirmed to come out sometime in 2017.

According to Nintendo, Breath of the Wild is only confirmed to come out sometime in 2017. Some might have expected it to be a launch title for the Switch, but this was never confirmed.

Earlier this month, Eurogamer heard from sources that Breath of the Wild won't be a Switch launch title, while a new Mario game could be. Breath of the Wild is also coming to Wii U. Breath of the Wild's localization process is reportedly taking longer than expected; it's rumored that localization won't be finished until the end of December, after which the game will apparently be tested for at least four to six months.

Bear in mind that none of this information comes from Nintendo, which has not commented on the reports.

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xolivierx

April 2014, right guys? Because that is when the game was supposed to be released.

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Arno_407

Waiting.. and waiting.. and waaaiiitning

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Sepewrath

But but..the rumors :(

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Thanatos2k

Didn't Gamestop just announce sales are down? This announcement seems more than self serving. PLEASE PREORDER MORE.

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xolivierx

@Thanatos2k: it's just a coincidence of course. It's not like Zelda kept being delayed.

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FLEEBS

This tells us absolutely nothing. Nothing at all.

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Sepewrath

@FLEEBS: Of course it does, it shows a major retailer, which is kept in the loop said something contrary to one of the million Switch rumors. I'll believe this over the rumor mill.

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FLEEBS

@Sepewrath: You go on believing that Gamestop actually knows. They absolutely don't. I worked for Gamestop years ago. They are "predicting" for the sake of sales forecast projections and potential game reserves.

They are not "kept in the loop" this early before release.

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Sepewrath

@FLEEBS: Were you the marketing VP or something like that? Because if you were one of the people trying to sell preorders and Game Informer subscriptions--I'm afraid I'm not talking about them. Its a well noted fact that major retailers are kept in the loop, they don't change overnight--things are long winded plans. They need to know whether the system is looking to have 20 games at launch or 2. If there will be blockbusters or just old ports of games like Lego City. I'm not saying they know everything 100% but they are kept aware of what things look like--you act as if retailers are irrelevant to a console maker, where they don't need to know anything. Cant buy consoles digitally yet, so retailers are still extremely important. What I find funny is people will immediately dismiss a major retailer but instantly believe a rumor from a random person on the internet as absolute indisputable fact.

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FLEEBS

@Sepewrath: Wow. Just wow. That is absolute nonsense you just spouted. You act like you know what you're talking about, but you really don't.

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Sepewrath

@FLEEBS: Clearly your just too dumb to know any better and rather take your news from someone on Twitter like the rest of the mindless drones on the internet--have fun with that.

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FLEEBS

@Sepewrath: Huh. Unlike you just making everything you have said up, I have actual inside experience. Oh, and common sense.

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Sepewrath

@FLEEBS:One, you don't know me, so you have exactly zero knowledge of my experience. Second, like I said, if you were a corporate VP or something like that, then OK. If you were a cashier at GS, then you have no insider experience.

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FLEEBS

@Sepewrath: Again with your ridiculous comments. I never commented at all on your experience. You were commenting on mine. And I don't have to know you to be able to share my comment on the internet. Your assessment of this situation, no matter what my position at Gamestop was, is ABSOLUTELY incorrect. As said above, I have (and definitely I do) insider experience and common sense. It doesn't take a genius to know how Gamestop works and does business with the world. You can believe me or not, but I don't give a shit ether way. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

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Sepewrath

@FLEEBS: "Huh. Unlike you just making everything you have said up, I have actual inside experience." This is indicating that you are saying what knowledge or experience I have. But yeah time will tell and people will again feel like fools for believing every burp and fart rumor from some random person on the internet.

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snugglebear

Dont they still charge $5 for preorders? I'm thinking thats what that is.

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xolivierx

@snugglebear: you can also preorder your lifetime warranty against eventual ''scratches'' made on your cartridge of ''breath of the wild''

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Ice12Tray

@snugglebear: who doesn't require at least some money up front for a preorder?

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snugglebear

@ice12tray: Amazon. I get 20% off, release day shipping and no charge til they ship.

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Ice12Tray

@snugglebear: makes sense for them though, as they have your card info as collateral basically. They have also taken the money from me early before. They just recently did with Pokemon moon, took it out 2 days before it shipped (which I'm okay with because I was going to pay anyway), but they ended up not delivering until 3 days after release date.

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snugglebear

@ice12tray: They've had some big mess-ups, lately, in getting things tom people in time. Two things in the last month weren't sent til the next week.

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suicidesn0wman

@ice12tray: I've pre-ordered from Best Buy many times over the years, never once did they ask for money or charge my cc early.

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OregonDucksforlife

@suicidesn0wman: you're full of crap. I've had a Best Buy gamer card for years and ALWAYS had to put a minimum of $5.

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suicidesn0wman

@oregonducksforlife: My reply to you is the same as my reply to Ice12Tray. Learn to use the interwebs.

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OregonDucksforlife

@suicidesn0wman: good point. While I'm at it, I'm going straight to the dictionary to learn how to spell.

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Ice12Tray

@suicidesn0wman: Do you have a gamersclub or Best Buy card? Because I always have to put at least the dollar down like at target.

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suicidesn0wman

@ice12tray: Yeah, I'm a GCU member and I always pre-order online. CC doesn't get charged a single penny until the game ships to my house or to the store. I can cancel at any time without having any money floating around up til the point they process the item through the back room or hand it off to UPS.

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Ice12Tray

@suicidesn0wman: that explains it then, If GameStop took your card info then they probably wouldn't need the $5 down since they can charge you as it arrives. I've cancelled preorders through them and gotten my $5 back though so it's about the same. Now if they charged an extra $5 just to take the order then there would be an issue.

On a side note, does GCU still limit you to only a certain number of games you can use the benefits on per year? They tried getting me to sign up a few years ago, but I could only use it on 2 or 3 games a year.

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suicidesn0wman

@ice12tray: They limit you to 3 copies of the same game. So you can buy 3 copies of Infinite Warfare right now for $144 + tax, but that 4th copy will be $60. It's to keep people from reselling the games to make a quick $10, but still allow people to buy a copy for their friends.

A few years ago the program was too expensive(about 3 years ago), it's only $30 now and you basically buy 3 $60 games and you've saved $6 more than you spent already. Plus it works on games already on sale. So when Deus Ex: Mankind Divided goes on sale tomorrow for $30 in the Black Friday sale, I'll still only pay $24.

Looking at my order history, I've bought at least 10 games(I'd swear it was more). My last order on BBY was for Mafia 3 Deluxe Ed($80) Infinite Warfare Legacy Ed($80) Battlefield 1($60) and Gears of War 4($60). That's $280 in games, I only paid $224.63 after tax.

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Ice12Tray

@suicidesn0wman: Thanks. That's actually super helpful knowing whats changed. Might look into signing up now.