Back when the Nintendo “NX” was first announced, one of the biggest titles associated with it was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . Originally announced back in 2013, the game was set to launch on the Wii U in 2015 but has seen numerous delays. It was supposed to be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, but now it appears that the game will now miss the launch of Nintendo’s upcoming system.
This is according to notable Nintendo tipster, Emily Rogers, who detailed the game’s localization schedule on her website. This report is also backed up by EuroGamer whose insiders also tell it that the new Zelda will miss the Switch’s March launch.
One of the main reasons for the game’s delay has to do with localisation. Given its scope, it has been difficult for Nintendo to localize all of Breath of the Wild‘s text, NPCs, and quests. Localisation for the game will continue through until the end of this year. After that, “four-to-six months of testing will follow” before the game is finally released. Since this is a massive open-world game, Nintendo wants to be sure that it is as perfect as possible before launch. If this is the case, the game may not see the light of day until May or possibly even early summer.
All of this begs the question: what big title will Nintendo release for the Switch at launch? Breath of the Wild was supposed to be it, but now that it will miss the launch, the next obvious choice would be a new Super Mario Bros game. We saw footage of this title in Nintendo’s Switch announcement trailer, but beyond that, we have no idea if it will actually be ready for launch.
The planned January 12 Nintendo Direct will hopefully let us know what games will launch with the Switch. Perhaps we’ll even get more info on the status of Breath of the Wild. We’ll have to wait and see.