It’s a tale as epic as Zelda itself, the much discussed and ever changing release date for Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been all anyone can really talk about since the announcement of the Nintendo Switch last year. Multiple sources had previously said Nintendo pushed back the release date for Zelda to June for both Switch and WiiU. However both Eurogamer and Laura Kate Dale (who both previously had multiple Switch rumours proven correct in the past) are now reporting otherwise. They’re stating sources close to Nintendo are saying the publisher has since reconsidered, and will now be releasing the game on Switch come launch day in Japan and North America.
Last year, multiple sources seemed to agree the translation of the game for Europe, and associated QA (quality assurance), had been what caused Nintendo to delay Zelda until later in the year and concentrate on a new 3D Mario game as the main launch title. But according to Eurogamer, who was one of those to back the original rumours, Nintendo of Japan was never happy with this arrangement and has since reversed the decision. Nintendo of America are reportedly fine with this new decision, as you would imagine, because the English translation will be ready in time. The bad news is this still could mean a delay for Europe as Nintendo of Europe is said to have been the one pushing for more time to test and localise the game. This in turn will mean a delay for Australian gamers, but fear not Aussie’s because there is a tiny little light in those dark clouds. The fate of the European version is not yet decided or finalised and this means we could still see Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a Switch launch title here in Australia.
So where does this leave the new Super Mario game, which was originally believed to be scheduled for later this year? Either it’s been delayed again or both it and Zelda will now be out in March. What is clear though is we’ll find out this and more when Nintendo stream a live Switch presentation on January 13th at 2pm. Also be sure to check in with us in the days following as Checkpoint will be attending a private hands on event and we’ll be bringing you everything there is to know about the Switch, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and every coming Switch title.