We have yet more interesting morsels of information from Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, who claims that it may take some time to finish developing the upcoming new Zelda title for Wii U.

Miyamoto states that Nintendo’s business plan with the Wii U is similar to the one they took with the Wii. The Wii launched with Twilight Princess and Wii Sports – an entry in a returning series favourite and a brand new game. Similarly, Wii U’s launch titles introduced old and new with Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U.

But because Mario took centre stage in the launch line-up this time around, this means that it could take a while before Link gets his time to shine.

Miyamoto said the following in an interview with Time:

“If you look back at the launch of Wii, we were able to prepare a game like Wii Sports, which at the time was clearly a new game, and launch that alongside a Zelda game. With the Wii U, we took a similar approach by launching Nintendo Land as well as a Mario game – though we’re working on Zelda for Wii U, that’s going to take us a little bit longer.”

He goes on to say how he wished Pikmin 3 could have released closer to launch, but Nintendo are still exploring the system’s capabilities in order to utilise the Wii U’s potential as much as possible. This could also apply to the next Zelda instalment and could factor into the delay.

Miyamoto hints further at the Wii U’s untapped potential:

“We still have new things to learn about how to leverage the features and functionalities of Wii U in ways that create fun and interesting new ways to play, including new gameplay systems. As we become even more familiar with the hardware, we’ll be able to do more from a software standpoint. That’s an area we’re currently devoting resources to.”

I think that the majority of fans would agree that the wait will be worth it if longer development time allows greater implementation of the console’s capabilities. After all, with Wind Waker HD coming this year, it’s not like the wait will be entirely excruciating.

Source: Time (via Official Nintendo Magazine UK)
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  • Mahboi

    Better to wait than to force them to rush the game. That will never produce good results. Also, remember, the only reason TP was a launch title for the Wii was because it was a port of a GCN game.

    • Light

      They had to rush with Majora's Mask it turned out really great.

      • heroofmask

        thats becouse it was the same system as oot and they used most of the data from oot hence why it tooks the same graphic wise with little upgrades here and there

        • heroofmask

          also note they planned 2 more dungeons to mm that they never implemented becouse they rushed the game

          • french fry

            Wow, never knew that. That's kind of sad. MM is already as masterpiece as is – could only imagine what two more dungeons could've done :O

    • SuperEchidna

      We've got to remember Sonic '06. We all know how that turned out because of people rushing SEGA. Don't want that to happen with our beloved LoZ.

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  • Phantomgannon

    I am excited for Zelda U, but with SS just released, I'm not really thinking much about it much. What really want is news on an original Zelda for 3DS!

  • TriZeLink

    New Zelda postponed already?! Why am I not surprised?

    • Radeen

      it wasnt postponed or delayed there was never a time frame and they simply just gave it to us.

  • Destiny

    As long as the new Zelda game is the "greatest of them all" and not a wii u test flop, I don't care how long it takes! 🙂

  • Link

    honestly, the wii U still costs a bit much, and I don't have one yet. so since we haven't even been given a date for the Zelda U, I imagine it'll be atleast a year or more. I'm fine with that. as I imagine the price for the Wii U will have begun to drop a bit by then. plus I'm lookin for a job now, so I should hopefully have plenty of money set aside for them both by then.

  • heroofmask

    im fine it took them a almost unile the last year befeore wiiu came out so almost the whole wii life to perfect zelda ss and im fine if they take time on a zelda game that means ittle be better if they released it later rather then sooner i dont want zelda to turn into a mario where theres a new game every year that would get boring

  • Vladislak

    Reminds me of something Miyamoto said back during Twilight Princess's development:
    "A delayed game is eventually good; a bad game is bad forever."

    I'm glad they're taking their time to make sure they're delivering another solid quality title to the franchise. I still can't wait to play it, but I'm glad that this probably means that when I do it'll be that much better.

  • Sinni

    I thought the title 'Zelda Wii U will take a bit longer to complete' was going to be an article about how the Wii U Zelda would be a longer game!!! Haha… Now I'm disappointed.

    While we are talking Wii U, can I just express how I DO NOT want the new Zelda game to have 'Wii' or 'U' in the title like a lot of the other games…

  • DevinShadowV

    Hold your horses everyone Nintendo can't pump out a Zelda game each year Zelda is like a Rockstar game it takes a while to nail all the details down. Plus they mention in a Nintendo direct that their could be a more sandbox than any Zelda game which means it's going to take a while.

    • AAA

      Hard to get more sandbox than the first one

  • Loco4Loki

    I'm only buying a Wii U for a new Zelda game. Not saying that other games on the Wii U are stupid it's just that Zelda is more awesome :3

    • Destiny

      Lol, I told my parents it was the newest console and all the new games would b on the Wii U and not the regular wii, that's the only reason y they bought me one, they still don't know It was for the upcoming zelda game 🙂

  • DarkenedGlyphs

    Zelda is awesome but the wii u might be kinda ahrd to use but it will be helpful to handheld gamers who want to play games other than phantom hourglass or ocarina of time or spirit tracks. Wont it?p.s I love handheld gaming :3

  • gravyfan

    I will wait any amount of time for Zelda Wii U. Nintendo always comes through (for me) in terms of Zelda productions.

    That, and the Wii U price has a better chance of going down during a long wait period. 😛

  • DarkenedGlyphs

    I am impatient at times and i just like hand held games and i like pizza and coffe and muffins and i want the game to come out im stressed i like muffins everyones a derp a herp. :3 (sensless ranting continues…)

  • fr3

    Am I the only one who ever wishes for a OOT Wii U remake ;_;

  • Keara

    Darn, now if they make it, I'll need to get the wii u just to play it!