Zelda Where Were U?

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The last few days haven’t been the best for Nintendo as fans and gaming outlets alike bombard the company with questions as to what went wrong at E3, one of these very questions came Shigeru Miyamoto’s way yesterday when IGN asked the legendary designer why Zelda U was absent from the show to which Mr. Miyamoto replied, while the company did bring new footage of the game to E3, they decided not to show it. Confused? Well prepare to be,fore soon after Mr. Miyamoto’s comments made their way to the ears of Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, the face of the American division of Nintendo felt the need to clarify, as he so often does.
“We just fundamentally don’t believe in showing content at E3 that is going to be a long term proposition. We like to show content that typically will launch in the upcoming Holiday and maybe extending into the first half of the following year. And at this point, the new Zelda for Wii U is not a 2015 project. There’s also a recognition that we didn’t want to frustrate the consumer. We could have scored a lot of points and showed some little tidbit of Zelda Wii U but in our collective opinion the belief was, in the end, that would cause more frustration than benefit.”
Well that all sounded feasible I suppose, or at least it does if you discount the fact Zelda U was originally announced back in January 2013, a full 2 years before it’s then proposed 2015 release, we then saw the game for the first time at last year’s E3 again well over a year away from it’s proposed, winter 2015 release so I’m afraid this, “we at Nintendo don’t show games early” line simply doesn’t fly Mr. Fils-Aime, better luck next time though.

Zelda Where Were U

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6 Comments

  1. Given they had already stated Zelda U would not be at E3, not seeing it was not a disappointment. It just made me more curious to see how the game is shaping up.

    1. That’s one of the things which made Miyamoto’s comments so odd, Zelda U wasn’t to be at this years show and we all knew that and yet he tells IGN that they had new footage there at the show but decided not to show it?

      Discounting what Mr. Miyamoto said all together though I thinks it’s a fair question to ask, why show nothing of Zelda U at all? 60 seconds of a dungeon, a few shots of Hyrule castle, anything would have been enough to please the fans and I’m just not buying Reggie’s reasoning.

      1. When they said Zelda would not be at E3, I immediately thought their had been an upending of the tea table by Miyamoto during development and that the game had gone through a considerable change. But if they had a video to show, then maybe that is not the case.

      2. I haven’t read anything which would suggest the game is going under any major overhaul but instead the recent lack of exposure is largely down to the game being ported to the NX much as Twilight Princess was from the GameCube to Wii.

        That is little more than unsubstantiated speculation though, perhaps the game is just so big, being that the likes of Elder Scrolls is it’s inspiration, major progress just hasn’t been made since last we saw it?

      3. I think it is more likely to have to do with the scope of the game. It sounds like the biggest title Nintendo has ever worked on. So, naturally, it will take time.

      4. I agree completely, this should not only be one of the biggest games Nintendo have ever produced but if we take seriously some of the things Eiji Aonuma has said it just might be one of the biggest games ever.

        Knowing that makes the wait for it even more bothersome 🙂

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