A couple of months ago, it was reported that new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would not be released as a launch- title alongside Nintendos upcoming console. However, it now looks like it will release as a launch-title after all. So, what’s up with the miscommunication?
Recent circulated rumours, unconfirmed but seemingly credible reports and early displays of promotional marketing seen on threads such as this one on NeoGAF, have pointed towards Breath of the Wild being released in March 2017 – the same month as the Switch.
Nintendo did not necessarily specify that the new Zelda entry would not be part of the line-up, but they did explain that European localisation for the game would not be complete in time for a release alongside their new console. The promotional material seen in GAME in the UK seems to point towards the opposite: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch in March after all.
They did note that the Wii U version of the game would be delayed though; releasing the game for the Switch seems to be their priority.
This miscommunication and confusion is not unprecedented in Nintendo’s history, however. A new Zelda entry almost always provokes ambivalence. The series is one of the most loved and celebrated of all time, yes, but Nintendo are also notorious for delaying almost every single one of the games. Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess were all delayed until roughly the following year of when they were supposed to launch. It was only Majora’s Mask from back in 2000 (the weird, dark Zelda entry) that seemed to actually be released by Nintendo on time.
So was Nintendo using sightly muddled rhetoric to tease us, or did they genuinely believe that the game would not be PAL-ready in time for the launch of the Switch? Nintendo haven’t really stated much progress on the game for a few weeks now as they get ready for the presentation and live Treehouse event for their new console on 12th January.
The event will be live-streamed tonight (early Friday morning in the UK). Find out how to watch it all here. We’ll be sure to find out the deal with Breath of the Wild‘s release date then.