Reminder: Nintendo Is Always Delaying Major Zelda Games

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Today, Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma announced that the upcoming Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U is not going to be coming out this year. That's a bummer, but not an unprecedented one: Lots of console Zelda games have been delayed.

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Ocarina of Time was eventually released in November of 1998. (Via IGN)


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Wind Waker was eventually released in North America in March of 2003. (Via IGN)


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Twilight Princess was eventually released in December of 2006. (Via IGN)


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Zelda Wii U will probably be released... sometime in the future. (Via Kotaku.com)


Skyward Sword is an odd one, because that game is widely held to have been delayed, but the reality appears a bit murkier. Nintendo showed concept art for the game in 2009, lots of people assumed it was coming in 2010, and when Nintendo finally announced a 2011 release date at E3 2010, it was treated as a delay.

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Majora's Mask was the one major 3D Zelda console game that appears to have been released pretty much on schedule. (Although even that one had its own confusing pre-release hype cycle, with Nintendo first talking up a post-Ocarina of Time Zelda that'd be made for the 64DD add-on and later clarifying that Ocarina's proper sequel, Majora's Mask, was a different project that'd come out on the N64 proper after all.)

It did come out on time, however. Though I guess there's a chance Majora's Mask was actually delayed by three days, then Nintendo rewound time and released it on schedule. The world will never know.

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crimsonsin
Crimson Sin

A whole article to defend Nintendo can this company get any flack ever?!?