Legend of Zelda Wii U Delayed, Skipping E3

Open-world role-playing game no longer locked in for 2015; won't be on display at E3 this summer.

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Nintendo's upcoming Legend of Zelda game for Wii U has been delayed. Previously expected to launch by the end of 2015, the game is now due to arrive sometime later. Veteran series producer Eiji Aonuma announced the news today in a video update posted to Nintendo's social media channels.

In addition, Nintendo confirmed on Twitter that it will not bring the game to E3 in June.

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According to Aonuma, Nintendo recently discovered "several new possibilities" that could make Zelda a better game on Wii U. Thus, the company is taking more time to realize those ideas.

"Since I declared at the Game Awards in December that the game would launch in 2015, the directors and the many members of the development team have been working hard developing the game," Aonuma said. "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 have discovered several new possibilities for this game."

"As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, and it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds my own expectations," he added. "As I have watched our development progress, I have come to think that rather than work with meeting a specific schedule as our main objective, and releasing a game that reflects only what we can create within that scheduled time, I feel strongly that our focus should be to bring all these ideas to life in a way that will make Zelda on Wii U the best game it can possibly be."

"So I must apologize to all of you who were expecting the game by year's end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority. Instead, our priority is to make it the ultimate and most complete Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make a Zelda on Wii U that will reward you for your patience. So thank you for your continued support."

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was going to be one of Nintendo's biggest 2015 titles. The company still has more Wii U games for this year, of course, including Splatoon, Mario Maker, Star Fox, and Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Woolly World, in addition to whatever surprises Nintendo may have in store at E3.

The delay for The Legend of Zelda Wii U comes just days after Nintendo announced two other major developments. First, the company has reached a deal with DeNA to finally bring its franchises to smartphones. Nintendo also has announced its next platform, which is codenamed "NX."

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I can't be mad if the game will be better then what was already expected and we didn't know that much about the game then.

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...and no one was surprised.

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I have a theory that they wont release it on the WiiU, its a dying platform i think the game will be on the NX, doesnt make sense to put it on the WiiU

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"several new possibilities"

Translation: "We need more time to incorporate Amiibo abilities that players will actually care about."

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Aww man!!! Oh well I guess I'll work on unlocking 200cc level for Mario kart 8 in the meantime

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I was so excited for the new Zelda game the when I was checking the release date of the game I saw this video then I was very disappointment when I heard there was a delay but then when I heard Mr.Aonuma said that its gonna be even better I Thought that if I waited the I would have so much fun with the game if I stayed patient.

So good luck with the game Mr.Aonuma I wish if every Zelda fan would like it. <3 :)

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Nintendo is the only company I actually trust when they tell me it will be worth the wait in development.

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Awesome more time to play Star Fox, Xenoblade, Devils Third and the rest of the amazing WiiU line up I was thinking I was not gonna have enough time to play the rest cause I would have just dropped all the others to play Zelda.

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Mo betta!

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I saw this coming a mile away. Usually nintendo puts a nice amount of promotion behind a Zelda game they are dropping instead of what's been happening. Looking forward to the game when it drops.

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This is disappointing. I was looking forward to this game @ the end of the year. Oh well if its for the better than go for it.

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This is undoubtably good for the game, but it hurts the WiiU this year.

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This is why its good to own more then one console, so you always have games to play.

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One delay is forgivable, especially since they seem to have good reasons for it. Anything beyond that though... Nintendo better be careful or else they'll lose a lot more gamers.

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this is why I have multiple consoles. but on a real note, no E3 unbelievable

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Delayed for Nintendo NX CALLED IT!!

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Smart move. Putting out such an ambitious game on the Wii would really, really hold it back....it would be like releasing The Witcher 3 on the 360. It just wouldn't work. Delay it to the next console.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> And how, may I ask, do you know that's what they're doing, unless you're just trying to troll, which I assume is more likely? Quite a few have flocked to this article, it would appear.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Did you read my comment?

I didn't say Nintendo are going to release it on the next system. I don't know if they are. I said they *SHOULD* release it on the next system. With the WiiU being weaker than the Xbox 360, it's simply a no brainer. The game would have to be heavily dumbed down on the WiiU. It's absolutely irrefutable.

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They're going to put it on their stupid ass new console

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Doubt that seriously, that thing at the earliest will be late 2017

I think most people seen Zelda getting delayed anyway they usually do.

This will be on the wii you probably early mid 2016

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Smart move.

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By the time The Legend of Zelda Wii U is released it will be the official swan song for The Wii U. 2016 or even 2017

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If Nintendo NX really is coming out late 2016, like the rumors suggest, (and which would make a ton of sense seeing as the Wii-U isn't selling well and it's ultimately pointless to keep pouring money into developing games for it) then just cancel Zelda on the Wii-U all together. Make it a launch title for Nintendo NX. Assuming the NX is a powerful ps4 like system, the Wii-U version will just hold it back due to limited technology, and prevent people from buying the new system if they already have a Wii-U.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You realize all they said about the NX is that they'll show it at e3 2016? They showed the Wii at e3 2015, and the Wii U at e3 2011. By that, the NX would be released in 2017. Those rumors are from people that have no more information that you or I do. Me claiming the NX is being released in 2020 is just as credible as people saying it's going to be released next year.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Or if you actually took the time to watch the vid you could see that he mentions Zelda for Wii U countless times which mneans the game is still a Wii U game. Sorry but youll have to get a Wii U if you want to play the game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> lol not even a single whisper of a dev kit has been mentioned. It is a long ways from happening.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> NX coming out in 2016? It hasnt even been announced yet.

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So what reason is there for someone to own a wiiu console. Sorry but none at all. Minimum or no third party support, the only big title worth expecting got a vague 2016 date, its obvious that there is nothing to expect from the specific console any more. Nintendo needs to start accelerating the development of the new console otherwise it will completely lose track of things on the console market.

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How bout Mario kart, smash bros, Mario 3d world, just to name a few.

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Ultimate and most complete Zelda game? Sounds like another Last Guardian in the making.

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This was to be expected because

1. Zelda games traditionally come out around the 4-5th year of Nintendo console lifecycle(Seriously look back since N64)

2. 2016 will be the Anniversary of Zelda.

3. Zelda games always get delayed.

4. This game release will most likely be paired with another announcement..possibly another 3ds remake.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> eh lets hops its not pushed like Twilight Princess was before it finally launched.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Not to mention the slew of titles already coming in 2015 like XCX or Splatoon.

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I expected this to happen with either Zelda or Starfox.


And WHERE CAN I GET THAT FRICKIN MAJORA'S MASK PIN?!?!?! I gotta have that for my leather coat!!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> = trash ,

<< LINK REMOVED >> = 30 year old game with a level editor (shouldn't take years to develop)

<< LINK REMOVED >> (not likely to come out this year, since nothing's been shown yet), and

<< LINK REMOVED >> (good game and will come out this year),

<< LINK REMOVED >>, (doubt it'll come out this year)


So yeah, not a whole lot of good games.

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Splatoon= trash? How do you know, it isn't even out yet

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"As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, and it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds my own expectations," he added. "As I have watched our development progress, I have come to think that rather than work with meeting a specific schedule as our main objective, and releasing a game that reflects only what we can create within that scheduled time, I feel strongly that our focus should be to bring all these ideas to life in a way that will make Zelda on Wii U the best game it can possibly be."


It's a great philosophy, it really is. Noone can even argue with that. Problem is - Wii U has no games, no games at all as it is. Another full year (2015) without games will finish off the dying console.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> WTH are you talking about? There's a good number of amazing games on the Wii U you numpty......or are you thinking of PS4?

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Good news. The game was looking pretty rough and uninspired during their last gameplay video. If this game is good, I will buy a Wii U just for it. That is the power of Zelda. They better not mess it up.

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how did Aonuma make an announcement about delaying the Zelda game and get me excited all at the same time?

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Nintendo never has any games, except for Wii (95% shovelware).

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<< LINK REMOVED >> O its on like Donkey Kong, dont miss out homie.

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