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Nintendo explains the lack of Legend of Zelda at E3 2015

by Ron Duwell | June 19, 2015June 19, 2015 7:20 am PDT

One of the bigger absences from this year’s E3 was The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U. Nintendo deciding not to duplicate the grand slam success of last year’s reveal started a firestorm of rumors like a cross-generational release on the NX console.

Most of the rumors have already been shot down by Nintendo, but if there is any man who can convince you that showing off The Legend of Zelda might have been a bad idea, it’s Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Reggie explained the decision in an interview with IGN.

“We just fundamentally don’t believe in showing content at E3 that is going to be a long term proposition.”

“We like to show content that typically will launch in the upcoming Holiday and maybe extending into the first half of the following year. And at this point, the new Zelda for Wii U is not a 2015 project.”

“There’s also a recognition that we didn’t want to frustrate the consumer. We could have scored a lot of points and showed some little tidbit of Zelda Wii U, but in our collective opinion the belief was, in the end, that would cause more frustration than benefit.”

Reggie also explained that they showed off The Legend of Zelda last year believing it would be a 2015 release. Naturally, the delay put a damper on that. However, I believe the last sentence says it all. Sure, Nintendo might have scored some short term points in showing off more of The Legend of Zelda, but ultimately, there would have been more complaints about silence down the line.

Patience, Nintendo fans. We’ve been through this plenty of times before. The Legend of Zelda will be released for the Wii U in 2016.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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