Japanese console maker Nintendo has confirmed the release of the still untitled Legend of Zelda Wii U is going to be pushed back until next year, although there is no exact date yet.
Loyal fans waited in vain during last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo event following the lack of no new footage of Legend of Zelda Wii U, the open world adventure game developed by Nintendo exclusively for the Wii U console, said Tech Times.
Zelda Wii U is an unofficial placeholder name for the next The Legend of Zelda game to be released on the Nintendo Wii U console. It was first announced during a Nintendo Direct in 2013, then was actually shown off during the Nintendo Digital Event during E3 2014.
On January 23rd, 2013 during a Nintendo Direct video stream, Eiji Aonuma updated about the progress of Zelda for the Nintendo Wii U. He stated that the game still had a significant ways to go, but in the mean time, announced the remake of The Wind Waker for the Nintendo Wii U, set for release in Fall of 2013. Regarding Zelda Wii U, Aonuma particularly mentioned that Nintendo would be rethinking many of the conventions of Zelda, including the following.
- The order a player is supposed to complete dungeons.
- Rethinking how Zelda is a 'Play by yourself' game.
At E3 2014, Aonuma emphasized the large open world shown in the brief video, which seems to reflect this mentality.
In July 2014, Nintendo Japan's official website revealed more information about Zelda Wii U. It would be possible to explore and go anywhere in the new Zelda world without boundaries and challenge new and tougher enemies as a new, mysterious Link. However, without an official English translation, a new nemesis has been translated from this information instead of new enemies.
In the meantime, Tech Times said fans of Zelda can contend with the release of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the N64 classic that is now ready for download on the Wii U virtual console in North America.
Nintendo first released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 1998 and decided to re-release the game to take back fans down memory lane, said Master Herald.
But gamers have to take note that the N64 version of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina is not a remastered version of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D that was released together with the Nintendo 3DS.
The last time Nintendo released the Legend of Zelda, the game was featured as a 3D graphical game and was launched for the Nintendo 3DS a few years ago. For the Nintendo Wii U, you will be getting the regular version of the game and not the 3D graphically enhanced version of the game.
The E3 2014 trailer for Zelda Wii U revealed the graphics style to be advanced cel-shading, similar to the cel-shading of The Wind Waker, only with more realistic and detailed textures, lighting, and models. Little else is known about the graphics, as the actual cinematic shown was extremely short and only 4 native-resolution screenshots were released.