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Nintendo NX Launches Next Year, Zelda Wii U Pushed Back to 2017

Jack Gardner



Big news coming out of Nintendo today. The next console from the company, code-named NX, will be releasing March 2017. No additional information was revealed about the upcoming console, though Nintendo did confirm the console would not be making an appearance at E3 2016. 


This news might be a little bittersweet for Nintendo fans. The Legend of Zelda Wii U is actually being pushed back to next year to release on both Wii U and NX. Nintendo insists that both the Wii U and NX versions of the title have been in development at the same time. It is worth noting, however, that they go on to say that the reason for the delay is to provide additional time to polish the game - though this release postponement seems to be more related to the desire to launch both versions at the same time.


While the delay of the next installment of The Legend of Zelda might be a disappointment, the good news is that we will be seeing a lot of the Wii U version of the title at this year's E3. The bad news is that The Legend of Zelda is pretty much all that we will be able to play from Nintendo at E3. Nintendo has said they will approach E3 differently this year, making The Legend of Zelda Wii U the only playable game that they will be bringing to the show. They claim this is to "provide attendees [with] complete immersion." 


Today's news comes as a bit of a mixed bag. Yay, console release date! But Zelda is delayed again.... Yay, Zelda will be playable at E3! But that's all that will be playable at E3.... Nintendo, stop playing with our hearts this way.

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Ooof. I would have liked to see more from Ninny than this. StarFox fizzled, I am hoping that Zelda replenishes this broken heart. 

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