Nintendo Re-Confirms Zelda Wii U is Still Launching on Wii U

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In a sea of underwhelming or expected announcements at Nintendo’s E3, the elephant in the room remains The Legend of Zelda on Wii U. Many have despaired to have not seen it in Nintendo’s Digital Event, despite promises earlier by Eiji Aonuma to the contrary. Despite fears that the game might be delayed to the upcoming NX, Shigeru Miyamoto told IGN that it is still on track for Wii U.

We’re here to talk about Star Fox but Zelda is still coming to Wii U, so don’t worry about that.

My thing with E3 is that we always focus on what’s coming out in the immediate future. We have some really great Zelda footage and, at some point we will be showing that off, but not today.

Reggie Fils-Aime reaffirmed this in a later interview, once again with IGN, stating that the company doesn’t believe in showing long-term propositions, as we’ve seen with Microsoft and Sony this week.

It goes back to the statement I made earlier about how we view E3. 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.

He added that even if they had shown Zelda, he believes it wouldn’t have made the wait any less frustrating for consumers anticipating the title.

In fact, in separate interviews [Shigeru] Miyamoto has reinforced that it’s a 2016 game, and I also believe he’s reinforced that it’s a Wii U game because I know that there is that thinking floating around. …Our mentality is more near-term when we think about E3. And, yes, we take it on a case-by-case basis. 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.

In all likelihood, we’ll probably see Zelda Wii U at next year’s E3, with subtitle and release window in tow. It is likely to be timed with the Zelda franchise’s 30th anniversary, the way that Super Mario Maker is coinciding with Mario’s 30th.

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