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The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Has Been Delayed March 27, 2015

Posted by Maniac in Game News.

It is with a heavy heart that I must report that Nintendo has decided to delay the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U.  The game was originally planned to come out later this year but Nintendo has decided to delay it for reasons that I will let them talk about.

Okay, so let’s talk about this for a second.  Rather than just condemn Nintendo for this decision (like many others online have been doing), I want to actually discuss the possible reasons why Nintendo chose to delay the game.

First off, delays for a game in The Legend of Zelda franchise is actually pretty common.  The first Legend of Zelda title to be released on the Nintendo 64 was The Ocarina of Time (or Zelda64 for short), and it suffered many delays during its development.  However, many fans were willing to wait for Nintendo to complete the game, and when it did finally launch, it was hailed as one of the greatest games of all time, an honor it still holds to this day.

Today, The Legend of Zelda is one of the biggest exclusive franchises in Nintendo’s IP catalog and has an incredible legion of long time die-hard fans that are probably going to be upset by this announcement.  However they would be even more upset if Nintendo rushed the game and released something buggy, incomplete, or unworthy of the Zelda name.  You don’t have to look much further back than most of the major game releases for last Christmas to see just how much bad publicity and distrust towards your company a game can provoke from its customers if it is released before it is ready.  Nintendo is smarter than that.

Sadly, this delay also means that the game will not be shown at this year’s E3.  The next game in The Legend of Zelda franchise currently has no release date and is coming exclusively to the Wii U.


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