While it was already known that Zelda Wii U would not be making an appearance at this year’s E3, Miyamoto assured fans by stating through an IGN interview that the game is still planned to be released for the Wii U, and stated that “great footage” would be revealed at some point in the future — just “not today”. The reason for pushing the release of Zelda Wii U footage back is because Miyamoto stated that they wanted to focus on the games that are launching sooner rather than later.

“We always focus on what’s coming out in the immediate future”

“We’re here to talk about Star Fox but Zelda is still coming to Wii U,” he says. “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.”

Just what does this mean? Some games shown off today during Nintendo’s Digital Event have an “early 2016” or “Spring 2016” release date. This could be a hint that Zelda Wii U will not be released until Summer 2016 at the earliest. The fact that the last two console Zelda games released at the end of the year is also noteworthy. It might also be that Nintendo just doesn’t have a definite date for the game, and are choosing to avoid hyping up fans by showing too much too soon. We’ll just have to wait and see, as always.