Nintendo’s Wii U could use some help, and The Legend of Zelda is a great way to boost a platform. When the first images and concept of the next Zelda title for Wii U were revealed at E3 2014, many speculated the final game was likely a few years away from launching. However, Amazon recently posted a release date on the Legend of Zelda Wii U page that has many thinking it could release this year.
In a report by Attack of the Fanboy, a screenshot was grabbed showing a release date for the Wii U exclusive for June 26, 2015. This would put the game releasing just a hair over one year since it was announced officially by Nintendo.
Normally a company such as Amazon will put a “placeholder” release date out such as December 31 so it is odd that the Amazon page would show an exact date for the Wii U title. This has since been corrected and the placeholder is set for The Legend of Zelda Wii U, but it does pose the question: is this the correct release date? Could the world actually see an open world Zelda title hit the Wii U this year?
Chances are slim that Nintendo would release a Wii U game as ambitious as the next installment of the much-beloved franchise so soon after its announcement. However, with many people enjoying the platform again, thanks especially to Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros Wii U, it would be odd for Nintendo to rush out a popular franchise just to keep the Wii U relevant.
This would seem extra peculiar for the company who is known for taking their time and releasing well optimized and working games. Splatoon is set to hit the Wii U soon, and as the Inquisitr reported, Nintendo is doing well so far this year having just dominated the February NPD numbers. By releasing a game so early could be a detriment to the Wii U platform if it turns out poorly.
While many fans would love to get their hands on the next Zelda game for Wii U, most would agree that Nintendo should release the game when its ready. While the June 26 date seems too soon to release, it is still interesting that a major retailer such as Amazon would post the date. While it’s entirely likely the Wii U exclusive’s listing was human error, it doesn’t hurt to keep tabs on June 26 just in case something is planned for that date to be announced in the future.
[Images via Attack of the Fanboy, IGN]