While Nintendo never gave us a concrete date prior to now, they had strongly hinted that the new Zelda game would grace the shelves by the end of this year. Alas, that did not quite pan out. Miyamoto promised at E3 that we’d be able to get our hands on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword next year.

But when next year? And why the wait?

In the E3 presentation, Mr. Miyamoto explained that development was continuing through the end of this year, and that the Zelda team still needed to work hard to get the game finished on time.

In Iwata Asks, Mr. Aonuma explained that they struggled with 1-to-1 sword combat and the feature was in and out of the development of the game several times. Clearly this delayed development and thus a release date.

Also, at E3 Mr. Miyamoto had said that development would continue only through the end of this year, with no indication of it continuing on through the next. If that is true, we suspect The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword will debut rather soon in the new year. Of course, we will have to await official word from Nintendo before making any assumptions.

As we wait for an official release date, all we can do is hope that the Zelda team is working around the clock to bring us the Wii Zelda we’ve always dreamed of.