So if not 2015, maybe 2016? Turns out that wasn’t even possible as Nintendo pushed it to 2017, so what gives? It was speculated that Nintendo wanted a dual launch on the Wii U and the Nintendo NX, and turns out the speculation was half right. In an interview with IGN, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto explained that there were technical hurdles that they had to overcome as well.
Part of the reason is because since it was a game for the Nintendo NX as well, they had to think about the future of the game as well. “Also, when we thought about developing a Zelda game for the NX, it would have to be way further down the life cycle of the system. And this game, rather than really focusing on the unique features of the Wii U, it’s really a game you sit down and get into. There was a change in direction, so we decided to develop for both consoles a while ago.”
That being said, the game does look pretty fantastic. It is definitely a very different Zelda game from what gamers have been used to. So far feedback on the preview/demo have been largely positive, so you can bet we are looking forward to its final release.