Skyward Sword in 'final completion stage,' will trail Ocarina of Time

The next Wii Zelda game is headed into the homestretch--but isn't expected ahead of the 3DS remake of the N64 classic, due after early June.

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When Nintendo dated and priced the 3DS for the West earlier this month, it said to expect the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake between the March 27 launch of the handheld and early June. Later, though, in an interview with MTV Multiplayer, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said not to expect the game--as well as the Kid Icarus reboot--until after the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 7-9.

Don't look for Skyward Sword until a while after E3.
Don't look for Skyward Sword until a while after E3.

Now, Nintendo has revealed the launch timing of another of its major 2011 titles. In a supplemental presentation to the company's financial report last week, company president Satoru Iwata went over his company's plan for the coming year. One of the topics touched upon was the release timing for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the second all-new Zelda game for the Wii console after 2006's Twilight Princess.

Speaking of game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who is overseeing development of Skyward Sword, Iwata said that, "His team is now entering into the final completion stage of the game." However, that doesn't mean it will arrive soon. Switching to the subject of the Ocarina of Time, Iwata said that that game is "expected to hit the market earlier" than Skyward Sword, which still has a general "2011" release window. The latter game had originally been slated for an "early 2011" launch.

For more information on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS remake, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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