Posts Tagged ‘Releases’

Is Nintendo delaying Zelda in order to release it on the NX too?

zelda-nx-640x341Nintendo shocked everyone when they announced that the upcoming Zelda game for the Wii U will be delayed until 2016. Not only that, they won’t be showing off the game at all at the upcoming E3 2015. Bummer.

The official reason from Zelda developer Eiji Aonuma is that the development team has “discovered several new possibilities for this game”. He said that the developers would like to “bring all these ideas to life”, and to make it the best Zelda ever.

But perhaps there is another reason for the delay. A more practical, and business-driven decision. When Aonuma says “several new possibilities”, that cold have something to do with Nintendo next console, the NX. The “new possibilities” of more powerful hardware in the NX.

Not to mention that the NX is rumored for a 2016 release, as hardware maker AMD has gone on record saying that they have developed a new architecture for a console slated for a 2016 release.

This is exactly what happened to Zelda Twilight Princess. It was originally meant to be released only on the GameCube. Then it got delayed, then Nintendo announced that it would be coming out to the GameCube and their new console, the Wii. In fact, Twilight Princes was a Wii launch title.

This could be what’s going on with the new Zelda: Nintendo is planning on releasing it both on the Wii U, and their upcoming NX console as a launch title. It would also signal that Nintendo is finally done with the Wii U.

By delaying Zelda to 2016, Nintendo would have an amazing launch title for their new console, and Wii U owners will still get their Zelda game. Albeit a bit late…

Source: Wii U Daily

The Legend of Zelda Wii U won’t be out in 2015

legend-of-zelda-wii-u1-640x360For Wii U fans expecting the latest installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise, you’ve got quite a bit longer to wait now, thanks to a video posted on Facebook by the series producer, Eiji Aonuma. In it, Aonuma apologizes to fans and says, “We are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority.”

The game is based on an open world concept, which is something new for the Zelda series. Aonuma has been careful about the footage we’ve seen so far, with especially with the clip shown at last year’s E3 event and again at the Video Game Awards last year. According to Aonuma, the reason the team has decided not to target a 2015 release is that new possibilities have been discovered in the game and the team wants to explore them to ensure the best experience is delivered for players.

Ouch. That certainly hurts, but as Shigeru Miyamoto is fond of saying, a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.

Source: Wii U Daily

Song of Seven successfully Kickstarted, coming to Wii U

Earlier today the Song of Seven Kickstarter was successfully funded so that the team at Enlighted Games can create the first chapter. If you’re unfamiliar with the project, it’s a story-driven character game similar to some of Double Fine’s productions like Grim Fandango and Broken Age. The game follows the protagonist through a story that can develop in several different ways thanks to conversation trees that result in different outcomes.

As for the gameplay, there will be puzles and riddles, all set along a unique path. According to the game’s developers, Song of Seven is designed to be played like the game version of a short-story, in which each chapter is self-contained, but it also links together through an overarching story. The description sounds very similar to what Telltale Games does with its series of video games, releasing them across five episodes for a full “season” of a game.

The first chapter of Song of Seven begins in an isolated village, where the main character meets Emma, a young inventor. The two venture off together and stumble into ancient ruins of a forgotten temple. Once inside, the doors shut behind them, so it’s up to the player to guide the duo through several puzzles and challenges in order to help them escape.

Current estimates put the game as being ready by February 2016, but if we know anything from past Kickstarter projects its that there will always be some unforseen delay. Either way, we’re happy to see something so creative get the backing it deserves and I’ll personally be watching this project closely as it matures.

Source: Wii U Daily

Amazon Spain lists Splatoon for a May 29 release date [RUMOR]

splat2A few days ago someone updated the Nintendo Europe press site to reflect several release dates for upcoming games. The information was quickly taken down as it was discovered and reported, but nevertheless the rumor was that Europe will be getting Splatoon on May 29. Amazon Spain is now listing Splatoon with that same release date. While this lends a bit of authenticity to the rumor, we’re still categorizing it as a rumor as we have heard nothing official from Nintendo about the release date in any region.

Yoshi’s Woolly World was also listed for a summer release date, which is also mimicked on the Amazon Spain website. Perhaps they’re simply updating their release dates in response to the original rumor.

Either way, we’ll have to wait until an official Nintendo Direct presentation is announced, but it’s pretty likely Splatoon won’t be released until the end of May anyway.

Source: Wii U Daily

Snowcastle Games releases new footage of Earthlock [VIDEO]

Earthlock: Festival of Magic is a title I’ve long been waiting for on the Wii U. The game is a homage to classic JRPG games with turn-based combat and a giant world full of crazy creatures to explore. The team at Snowcastle Games have been quiet with their heads down working on the game since we last spoke to them, but the team was at GDC this year with new footage to share of the game. You can check it out above.

In addition to having some new footage to showcase, the team also has a new veteran game designer working with them. Thomas French joined the team after working at Rockstar North for the last ten years, with his previous projects being Grand Theft Auto 4 & 5.

The only downside to this reveal is that Snowcastle Games has pushed the release date for the title back to Fall 2015 instead of Spring, so there’s a slight delay before we’ll see this game available on the Wii U eShop.

Source: Wii U Daily