Zelda Wii U is not coming this 2016. Nintendo announced today through its official Japanese Twitter account that the game will be moved to 2017. The reason? To "improve the quality" of the game!
Nintendo has also released to its investors a schedule of its upcoming games in which Zelda Wii U was slated for a 2017 release. This is the second time that the company moved the release of the new Zelda game, from 2015 to 2016, and now 2017.
The Japanese tweet according to IGN translates in English as:
"Though originally scheduled for 2016, the release of the latest "The Legend of Zelda” title is postponed until 2017, to allow further improvement of quality. Thank you for your understanding."
Nintendo America also tweeted that Zelda Wii U will be released together with the NX version on March 2017. The new Zelda game will be the focus in this year’s E3 video game trade show but the NX will not be included in it. The Wii U version is the only playable game that Nintendo will present on the E3 show floor.
This Zelda game was first announced by Nintendo in 2013 and since then, it has only revealed bits and pieces of gameplay. The project’s official name as well as the final date of release was not disclosed – until now.
With the absence of NX in the E3 to be held in June in Los Angeles despite its confirmed release with the Wii U version, this year’s E3 would be an odd event, wrote Venture Beat, as Nintendo will not be able to run the new Zelda game on a more powerful hardware.
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