Zelda Wii U to be released in early 2014?

BrianJuly 31st, 2013 by Brian

wii-u-controllerIt feels fore eons since we first saw that footage of Link on the Wii U screen. Though news of the so called “Zelda Wii U” has been minuscule at best, we have all still been waiting in great anticipation for this apparently paradigm-shifting Zelda title, that will somehow change the way we view Zelda. It’s a tall order to live up to, and until now, they haven’t really given themselves any time restrictions in which to make such a game, but that changes today! Maybe…

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On July 31st, video game website VG247 released their quarterly summary of Nintendo’s profits. The statistics are uninspiring, to say the least, with Wii U sales being far below where they should be and showing that no Wii U games are turning much of a profit, but it does come with another small glimpse of information. It states, rather briefly, that the “Legend of Zelda Wii U” is pushed back until “early 2014. That sounds almost too good to be true… only a few months after the release of the Wii U version of The Wind Waker?

Sadly, that’s probably due to them misconstruing it for something it isn’t. By “Zelda Wii U” they are likely referring to the remake of The Wind Waker. This would make much more sense, considering how strange it would be for them to release the new console Zelda game within only a few months of The Wind Waker HD (not to mention A Link Between Worlds). But I can’t help but wonder: why would they use the terminology they did if they were referring to The Wind Waker HD? Can they really be that misinformed? Sadly, the answer is likely “yes”.


Whether remake or not, whatever game they’re talking about gives us all a good reason to dust off that Wii U that we’ve been using as a doorstop, and play some Zelda in HD! All we can do now is hope for the best and await more news, so keep checking the site every day, because we’ll be quick to update when it comes around. Lastly, I suggest you look at the information found here, as the stats are really interesting.

So what do you think? Are you ready for Zelda Wii U? Do you think they’re referring to The Wind Waker or a new title altogether? How do you feel either game will affect sales of the Wii U console? Leave your comments below!

Source: VG247

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  • GanonsBaker

    the wii u isn’t my door stop, that would be my vita

    • jake630

      There are plenty of great games on the vita

  • Lord Carlisle

    WAIT. Does this mean WWHD is being pushed back to 2014?

    • Breather

      Sounds like it.

      • ffff

        why would they do that?

    • Edward Soto

      no it’s still coming in October…..they mean the Zelda Wii U game

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        Did you read the entire article? They’re most likely referring to WWHD.

  • Mangachick14

    Hey! I’ve been using my WiiU… to play Wii games, but still…

    • Lord Carlisle

      Funny. I just finished my playthrough of Skyward Sword on the Wii U. But come Sunday, Pikmin 3 will change that.

    • Ghabulous Ghoti

      Only Wii game I still play is Brawl, and only with custom textures and stuff, so I just play it on my Wii (and my friends and sister use GCN controllers), so my Wii U hasn’t even done that.

    • EnaZeibekiko

      I’m playing Pikmin 2–for the first time–on it.

    • nignacio

      I use my Wii U to play both Wii (Skyward Sword, Mario Galaxy 2, Okami…) AND Wii U games (ehm, uhm, the Rayman Legends demo-like app, ahem, uhm… WHY CAN’T WIND WAKER HD HURRY THE HELL UP AND COME HERE???!!! I NEED IT!!!!!!)

  • Wil

    I this saying that WWHD is pushed back to 2014!?!?

    • Tyler

      No, it’s still planned for October.

  • LOZ

    I dunno cause i don’t have a wii u but want one real bad!

  • Tyler


  • Kyle Looby

    I’m sure it’s talking about Wind Waker. Think about the console release timeline: Oot, ’98. MM, 2000. WW, ’03. TP, ’06. SS, ’11. As we advance in time and console capabilities, the time between releases increases (BAM!) Also, considering that bit of commentary talking about how much trouble Wii U developers have had getting the hang of HD, and how they’re going to reinvent Zelda, I highly doubt there’s only going to be a 3 year gap between SS and this mystery original release.

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      You’re forgetting about the originals. LoZ, 1986. AoL, 1987-8. ALttP, 1991. OoT, 1998. The console capabilities were increasing, and like you said, the distance between games was also increasing. But after OoT, it looks like they had a “reboot” of sorts. Maybe this’ll happen again with Zelda Wii U. That being said, I’d be surprised if this was released any earlier than holiday 2014.

  • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

    The game listed for “Early 2014″ in Japan isn’t Zelda Wii U.
    It isn’t even Wind Waker HD.
    It’s A Link Between Worlds.

    • Edward Soto

      Link between World comes out November so it is Zelda Wii U

      • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

        I’ve read the actual Nintendo financial reports, have you?

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenHillDeku GreenhillDeku

          The released month for A Link Between Worlds was November… So we should be expecting it then. Not in 2014… But Zelda Wii U is years off xD

          • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

            In JAPAN, it’s listed for Early 2014.

          • Dash

            That makes sense, Japan has gotten games before North America since the beginning of time, but for this one special occasion they will get it more than 2 months after North America. Nice job there, mister angry pants.

          • mZuzek

            You know, the game actually IS listed for early 2014 in Japan.

          • Affliliant

            Actually, I’m pretty sure SS released in NA before Japan.

          • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

            “Japan has gotten games before North America since the beginning of time”

            This isn’t quite the case with Four Swords, Twilight Princess, Spirit Tracks, Skyward Sword, soon-to-be A Link Between Worlds, and many other non-Zelda games made by Nintendo.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenHillDeku GreenhillDeku

            Oh I’m sad now :P That means US it will be later.

          • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

            No, it doesn’t. It is still going to be released in November in the U.S. It is going to be released in early 2014 in Japan.

            It’s not the first title to release in America before Japan, that’s happened with Four Swords, Twilight Princess, Spirit Tracks, and Skyward Sword, too.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenHillDeku GreenhillDeku

            Ok that good. Thanks for clearing this up for me :D

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        Did you read the word “Japan” in his comment?

  • Philip Kunhardt

    Nope. Source confirmed a mistake.

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  • Fatboy

    Sadly the Wii U has put the final stake in my Nintendo console purchasing.
    The whole frigging concept is ridiculous. Why would I want to have to look between two separate screens to play a f***ing game?

    Why, now that I’m used to the Wiimote and nunchuck, would I want an expensive to replace, sensitive and probably easily breakable piece of touchscreen(we all know how reliable those are) electronic garbage the size of a brick?

    Why would I want a console that gives me the “privilege” of not being able to use my Netflix account and having to buy the same frigging games again that I already had on my Wii in a mad, greedy, grab for cash?

    Say what you will, Zelda or not, as for me and my house, wii will not be buying a Wii U until Nintendo get it’s proverbial head out of it’s ass.

    • Ghabulous Ghoti

      The second screen is perfect and pretty non-gimmicky. All I want from it is maps and inventories, and that’s all I’m going to get from it.

      It’s a Nintendo product, so “easily breakable” is not an applicable term. Especially not under normal use.

      I agree that the way they are handling VC games is retarded and unfair, so just join me in boycotting the upgrades.

      Only problem with the console is that it is underpowered, and even then, it’s closer to it’s competition than the Wii was to it’s competition.

    • EnaZeibekiko

      I access my Netflix account all the time on Wii U…. And I’ve discovered what a joy it is to have YouTube streaming on my television! But why is the YouTube app so poorly conceived? It’s like they didn’t know we’d have a touchscreen at our disposal.

    • Mangachick14

      The second screen is utilized in ways that you aren’t giving yourself whiplash by looking back and fourth between the controller and the TV. You usually just focus on either just the controller screen or just the TV screen, depending on the game. And likely, most games will have you using the TV screen.

      And actually, the touchscreen is about as breakable as the DS’, meaning it’s no ipod screen. So, unless you have a habit of sitting on your game controllers, the screen shouldn’t be in any danger of breaking.

      Yeah, the VC thing sucks, but unless you tossed your Wii into the garbage after getting a WiiU, I personally don’t see why you can’t set the Wii up somewhere else and play the VC games there.

      There’s nothing wrong with the WiiU; it’s graphics are lovely, it’s controller is certainly unique, it’s inexpensive compared to it’s competitors, and it has great potential. The only problem with it is the lack of games in the library and the current absence of the anticipated exclusive titles like Zelda and Metriod.

    • Dane Matesic

      You’d have to rebuy all your VC games! Screw that!

      • http://6starwrestling.net/ Cybrus

        You can just transfer all your Wii downloads to your Wii U and play them in Wii mode. You only have to rebuy if you specifically want the ones offered on the Wii U. But if you already own them, and you can already play them on your Wii U, why would you actually want to rebuy them?

    • Sharic TH

      So you’re buying a 3DS?

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      1) “Why would I want a console that gives me the “privilege” of not being able to use my Netflix account?” I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. I use Netflix on my Wii U more than I watch actual TV.

      2) “having to buy the same frigging games again that I already had on my Wii in a mad, greedy, grab for cash?” Why on Earth would you have to re-buy Wii games, when you can play those games on the Wii U for no price?

      3) “would I want an expensive to replace, sensitive and probably easily breakable piece of touchscreen” Easily breakable, huh? I suggest you check out this video…


  • LegitPoptart

    They already said that the website messed up and they were talking about ALBW. Not zelda u

    • VitaTempusNexus92

      It’s kinda obvious considering it’s in the 3DS section.

  • EnaZeibekiko

    Although this is by now a non-story, I still feel the urge to comment on it.

  • Keith Speidel

    Seems like they could have pushed the Wii U release much further back. In favor of being much better prepared with great title line up. I could have easily stuck with my Wii until then.

    • Zimh

      My thoughts exactly

  • WhatsWrongWithNintendo!?!?!

    i swear if they dont release zelda for the 3ds or wii u before the end of the year there ridiculously stupid, i mean your totally missing the whole holiday season to make a wii u bundle with wind waker hd, are they trying to not make money and ruin themselves???

  • Ian

    There probably taking about zelda wii u, otherwise they would have said wind waker. I still doubt that it will release until late 2014. They game doesn’t even have a title yet. But still we can only hope right?

  • Ian
    • Mastern4

      I hope this is true except the water temple part and i really loved the tech demo’s graphics.

      • Mal

        It’s not.

        • Zimh

          How can you be so sure? You know how Nintendo always keep things a secret, and when they do tell something in an interview they always twist it to make us confused. It’s possible that some of that may be true.

    • Mal

      That’s obvious bs, mate. It goes against several things that Nintendo has already confirmed.

    • Mal

      That’s obvious bs, man. It goes against several things Nintendo has already confirmed.

  • Hoff123

    They haven’t even announced it yet. The last 2 console Zeldas they announced like 2 years before they were released.

    • Sandy Rode

      Well, as I remember, they didn’t announce Skyward Sword 2 years before. And for Twilight Princess… oh well, it was almost 3 years from the first trailer to the final version of the game. But why not breaking the “tradition”?

      • Hoff123

        That’s why I said 2 years. 2 and a half for TP, and 1 and a half for SS hehe.

        • Sandy Rode


    • EzikielofHyrule

      They have announced that they are working on something. I think they kinda just want to floor us with it instead of giving a single piece of concept art and a possible title.

    • Donutwizard

      They announced the virtual console Earthbound on the day they released it. Maybe Nintendo is moving in a direction of less time of announcement to release.

  • Ninty

    lol if anything the PS4 looks like a doorstop. I’m not trying to insult it, I think it looks cool and I’ll most likely buy it, but I can’t help but notice its doorstop shape. XD

    • EzikielofHyrule

      It made me think of one of those pink sharpies

  • Sandy Rode

    Of course I’m ready, I was never more ready than now. But 2014 would be a big dream to me. So I would be okay with any official information. Photos, a video or anything else. That would be enough for now.

  • Ordona

    I’m not much of a heavy gamer anyway so it’s difficult to justify spending so much money on a console. I haven’t bought a WiiU and at the moment I have no incentive to. Sure, WWHD looks gorgeous but I haven’t had my gamecube copy for too long, so I don’t see the need. So far, Zelda WiiU is the only thing I want to play badly enough to actually buy the console which is ridiculous because it’s only one game. The WiiU really isn’t selling itself well at the moment. I’ll probably wait until it has a wider selection of games and the price has gone down.

  • Justac00lguy

    Another false rumour more likely, this logically doesn’t make any sense – Nintendo have sound countless times that the game isn’t ready and have only recently gathered enough to put a trailer together – well in the near future anyway.

    I think late 2014 is more likely; however, I still feel 2015 will be the date.

  • hollander

    false or not we have somthing to work for!’
    this is giving hope and a false rumor?
    not a big chance it is

  • Whacked88

    Even if this was true(which I don’t believe), it’d be too early.
    I’d rather wait a few months longer until the holidays 2014 and have a much better game.

  • Allasnark

    “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”
    -Shigeru Miyamoto

    • Julian Delarosa

      here here!

      • ghirahimhunter

        In that situation, one would say, “Hear, hear!” as in telling people to hear what someone has to say. I knew what you meant though.

    • Zinx10

      Proof is Sonic ’06.

    • Donutwizard

      “A product is late for a little while, but a bad product will suck forever.”-Gabe Newell

  • Meddy Awardey

    No. Just no. More like early 2015.

  • N

    I don’t think this is referring to the release date of Zelda Wii U, but I don’t think it’s referring to Wind Waker either. It would be a really dumb move on Nintendo’s part to delay that remake. I believe that if there had been any question on WW’s date of completion, Nintendo would have never offered a release date. As everyone already knows, the Wii U isn’t really pulling its weight and a delay like this would just make matters worse. In regards to Zelda U–Nintendo has offered nothing to suggest this game will be ready before 2015. “Development is progressing concretely” is quite different than “Development is nearing completion.” This game won’t be ready by early 2014. The developers stated that they were in an experimental phase not too long ago and have just recently confirmed that development is actually moving along. I think that maybe mentioned Zelda U on that report at all was probably just some kind of honest mistake. That seems more likely.

    • Igos Du Ikana

      They really need a full Zelda title though to at least put a little momentum behind the console. I welcome a new title but am very apprehensive for good reason.

  • ghirahimhunter

    Yeah, they’ve released launch schedules showing Zelda Wii U as Holiday 2014.
    Besides, they teased a near-future announcement, and they always reveal Zelda console games at least a year before they release, don’t they?

  • Hero of Scotland

    Zelda Wii U will most likely come out sometime after Smash Bros, I mean, A Link Between Worlds is coming out later this year, WWHD is coming out sometime next year, and not to mention the fact that Nintendo has said multiple times they’d work on MM3D after the release of a new 3DS Zelda title, so they know most fans are waiting for that and I’m certain they’ll start working on it before Zelda Wii U.

    • DamagingLink

      Excuse me, The Wind Waker HD is coming this OCTOBER, the great N isn’t going to delay it now, that just wouldn’t make any sense.

      • Hero of Scotland

        Well, I was just basing it on this article…

        • DamagingLink

          Oh I’m sorry, I realized it right after I posted that, but I think they are not going delay it, the site must be just horribly misinformed.

  • T. Gibson

    After the barely lukewarm “Skyward Sword” I don’t have high hopes for “Zelda Wii U.”

    • skuggler

      obvious troll is obvious

      • Igos Du Ikana

        Having a different opinion makes someone a troll? Obvious ignorance is obvious.

    • Mangachick14


    • Igos Du Ikana

      Yea, its been that way for awhile with the hand held titles although ALBW looks pretty good, but I do remember them making a lot of the same claims with Skyward Sword how it was going to be so revolutionary and best everything else in the series. It seems that was where the Main console games really started to be infected by the problems that plagued the DS games.

  • LinkFan

    I think Zelda Wii U is more likely to come out mid to late 2014, I mean, they haven’t even announced a title yet, but I have a feeling it’s going to be soon

    • LoZCardsfan23

      That would be awesome, LinkFan! It would be a nice surprise if Zelda Wii U gets released in 2014, but I’m thinking 2015 sounds more like a feasible release date for Zelda Wii U simply because not much has been revealed about this game. You know how Nintendo likes to take their precious time with Zelda games. :)

      • ST3V3D

        I think it will be announced at E3 2014, and released holiday 2014 or spring 2015.

    • Donutwizard

      Yeah, I’m thinking E3.

    • GamerLogix

      I think they would reveal it’s date to be by November since Nintendo has always usually released a brand new Zelda game in November, but, even if i rather wait to have the perfect finished product then rush it and not enjoy the game as much as i had anticipated it, and i know people usually do not like remakes but, if there was a remake to go along with the wait Majora’s Mask would just be so majestic.

  • Justin Easthall

    Haha! That was such a no story – story!

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