In a spate of news from Nintendo early this morning, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U has been delayed to some time in 2017.
In an announcement on Twitter and via the Kyoto-based company’s earnings announcement in Japan, the game has been delayed to improve its quality. The tweet, loosely translated from Japanese, reads:
“Though originally scheduled for 2016, the release of the latest “The Legend of Zelda” title is postponed until 2017, to allow further improvement of quality. It should be noted that in addition to the development of the Wii U version, we are also developing the NX version.”
[お知らせ] 2016年に発売を予定しておりました、Wii U『ゼルダの伝説 最新作』ですが、さらなるクオリティ向上のため、発売を2017年に延期させていただくことになりました。何卒ご理解のほどお願い申し上げます。なお、Wii U版と同時発売予定で、NX版の開発も進めております。
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) April 27, 2016
While delays don’t always seem like the best news for gamers, having an actual statement from Nintendo that Zelda will be coming to NX alongside the Wii U is more than we’ve heard about the game in many months. It remains to be seen how similar the game will appear to its original unveiling two years ago at E3 2014.
We’ll find out what should be a ton of information about The Legend of Zelda, including its official name, we’d like to think, in less than two months at E3 2016.