The new Legend of Zelda game for Wii U has already been delayed past its originally intended 2015 launch, and now, according to Nintendo’s financial report, it may be pushed out of 2016 as well.
The financial report, which lists expected release dates for Nintendo’s 3DS and Wii U titles, has The Legend of Zelda listed with a TBD release window. That’s troubling when you consider that other games on the list have been given generic “2016” launch targets. Though this doesn’t mean that the game has been set back to 2017 for sure, having no confirmed launch window in calendar 2016 makes a later release more likely.
One factor that could affect the game’s release is the development of Nintendo’s next console, the mysterious Nintendo NX. There’s a precedent within the franchise—back in 2005, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess experienced similar delays. Expected to release on the GameCube in 2005, Twilight Princess was pushed back another year, and the game came out on the GameCube and the new-at-the-time Wii simultaneously in 2006. Could Nintendo be planning something similar for the end of the Wii U and the advent of the NX?