In an interview with IGN, Reggie Fils-Aime reassured fans that Zelda Wii U is still a 2016 title, and will be coming to the Wii U.

“I know that there is that thinking floating around,” Reggie said when asked about the doubt surrounding the delayed title. Legend of Zelda fans have taken to social media and forums to talk of their dismay over the delay, and their fears that the game won’t release until the NX system is launched. When asked if both the lack of news and the delay would send the message that Zelda Wii U is not a 2016 title, Reggie reiterated Shigeru Miyamoto’s words that the game is indeed a 2016 title for the Wii U.

“When we showed it last year, we believed it was a 2015 game”

“When we showed it last year, we believed it was a 2015 game,” Reggie said in the interview. He went on to explain that Nintendo thinks on the near-term in regards to E3. This was on show during Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event, where they focused on 2015 and early 2016 games for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. Reggie admitted showing Zelda Wii U footage during the Digital Event would have “scored a lot of points” for Nintendo, but the game company decided it might only foster more frustration over the title than alleviate it.

However, Reggie’s explanation behind Zelda Wii U’s no-show at E3 is not being taken well by fans who are indeed frustrated by the six-month drought of news. They are pointing to games shown at the previous two or three E3 shows — such as Xenoblade Chronicles X — that have only released in the past half-year. This appears to come across as a hypocritical example of Nintendo’s “near-term” mentality. Unfortunately, while Nintendo is listening to fan feedback, in the end they are wholly in charge of when information is released about specific titles. Fans can only wait for the next Nintendo Direct that may shine a light on Zelda Wii U. 

  • Cooljet69

    I feel like this is going to be like twilight princess again. Come out for the Wii U but not really show how the game really can be played and then come out for this NX system in 2018 when they try to spin it as a new game because they mirror it. i was upset that they didn’t want to show it at E3 but now when they are being backed in to the corner with people asking them “hard” questions they really can’t give an answer. this is making me really upset.

    • Anjospot

      Actually, they didn’t say NX system in 2018, did they ? I hate the assumption. We will wait and see what they are saying for NX next year summer of 2016 at E3.

      Calm down.. it is just the game. Why are you so upset ? It is just video game! @[email protected]

      Sorry about my English.

      • GreenLinkMaster

        because we love these video games and believe it or not they mean a lot to us. this is a great series we love and have made a big part of our lives. many of us grew up with Zelda games. and we always eagerly await each new game. and tho we understand it takes a long time to make them, getting to see something for a new game that gets us all ready and excited for the next big game, only to find out that it won’t be out until several years latter and we don’t even get much information on it until then can be extremely frustrating.
        imagine being a kid (with no sense of time of course) who has just seen it snow and knows that last year it didn’t start snowing untill a week before Christmas. so now you wait a week and tho you were confused about the lack of any mention of Christmas eve or the usual family get-together, you still get up early in the morning and rush down stairs not only to find that there are no Christmas presents, but that Christmas isn’t even for another 3 weeks. (that is a very looong time for any young kid to wait for anything, especially something like Christmas)
        extremely frustrating, upsetting, and disappointing.

    • Samantha Woolley

      They didn’t mirror it to spin it off as a new game, they had to because link is left handed and the wii motion control was right handed…