I take a lot of jabs at delays these days, but this is one I think we all saw coming a mile away. The Legend of Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma has stated on the franchise’s official Facebook page that the upcoming Legend of Zelda for the Wii U has been delayed into 2016.
Originally, the project was announced for a fall release in 2015, but Aonuma states that the delay has been caused because the developers are excited with the game’s new freedoms and have “discovered several new possibilities.”
“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 even my own expectations.
Take all the time you need, Mr. Aonuma. The Legend of Zelda has a history of delays, but it also has a history of greatly benefiting from them. My only point of concern is wondering if we will see Nintendo’s recently announced NX console before finally getting to play the game. I remember Twilight Princess being pushed back to make the cross-generational release, and I’m wondering if that will have any influence in the decision making.
Regardless, The Legend of Zelda still remains very high on my “most anticipated” list. Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword were not really my cup of tea, and the series has been mostly a handheld affair for me as of late. However, I think the Wii U is a solid enough machine, and Nintendo is making all the right moves for its franchises recently. This will be the Zelda hit we deserve.
The Legend of Zelda will be released for the Wii U in 2016. Still no word on a subtitle yet.