It’s looking like the next Legend of Zelda game, currently set for release on Wii U, might be pushed out of 2016 and into the future.
Nintendo’s mid-year financial report includes a release schedule for their Wii U and 3DS games. There are a lot of titles on there, with very few surprises, and most of them have either a release date or window. The big, glaring exception to that is The Legend of Zelda.
While games like Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Metroid Prime: Federation Force sport a 2016 stamp in the launch date column, The Legend of Zelda simply says “TBD.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the game won’t show up in 2016, but it does suggest one of a couple potential situations. One situation is that Nintendo isn’t very confident in the game’s status, that they’re concerned enough to give it a full year’s space in which to get comfortable. Another potential answer is that, with rumors about the new Nintendo console, currently code-named NX, mounting, the company may be preparing to either switch platforms or take a Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess approach and announce a dual-platform release. Wii U fans would see a full platform switch as a huge betrayal, but a dual release could be a good way to start selling new consoles without angering the primary fanbase.
Either way, The Legend of Zelda‘s release is more up in the air than ever before, and we’re hoping Nintendo has something to say about this soon.