With tons of hype surrounding Link’s open-world reveal a few E3’s ago, it’s been mostly quiet on the Zelda U front, outside of talks of a possible delay. When rumors began spreading about Nintendo’s new NX console, however, most of us had flashbacks to Twilight Princess and its dual launch on the brand new Wii console, in order to redirect sails from the drowning Gamecube.
The Gamecube itself was a colossal failure, only managing to outsell the Dreamcast during that entire console generation. If that doesn’t paint a good enough picture for you, the Dreamcast was discontinued a year before the Gamecube even hit store shelves.
The sad part of this woeful tale is that Nintendo’s Wii U is well on its way to being their worst selling major home console to date, with only 12.8 million consoles sold as of the end of last month. The Gamecube was considered a failure at 22 million, so I’ll let you do the math.
To rub salt in the wound, the PlayStation 4 sold 17.7 million units in 2015 alone.
That being said, it came as no surprise when Nintendo confirmed yesterday that the upcoming title in the Zelda franchise would no longer make its projected 2016 release date. Rather, it’s being delayed until 2017 to coincide with the recently revealed March 2017 launch date of their new gaming console, code-named NX.
Now this doesn’t mean that the new Zelda title will release alongside the NX in March, but rather when it does launch it’ll be on both the NX and Wii U simultaneously, a la Twilight Princess.
What this does mean, however, is that the Wii U will go down in history as the only major Nintendo console to not receive a brand new exclusive entry in the beloved Zelda series, unless you consider the Dynasty Warriors spin-off Hyrule Warriors. It’s also the only major Nintendo console to not see the release of a brand new Metroid game, but that’s another post for another day.
The new Zelda title will be the only playable Wii U game at this year’s E3 presentation in June, which not only shows how irrelevant the once beloved expo is becoming, but suggests that Nintendo will most likely use their online Direct streams to show off the NX later in 2016.