Posted on January 23 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
According to Kotaku, the release dates for a number of 3DS “launch window” titles have been revealed: and our beloved Ocarina of Time is among them. It’s not coming especially soon – we’re seeing a reported launch of June 2 – but something is better than nothing. We’ll be looking for any official word from Nintendo confirming or denying this report, so take it with a grain of salt until then.
Be warned: yes, this is a reported date from GameStop, and yes, they’re notorious for just making up dates to have something in their computer to drive up pre-orders. Of course, there’s another rather large hitch with this report: GameStop’s apparently also listing a number of other games for release on the same day – from Kid Icarus to Mario Kart. And Nintendo’s release behavior in the past has shown that they typically never release more than one killer app for the same platform on the same day. However, Kotaku seems to have done their homework on this one:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for 3DS was specifically confirmed as a June 2 street date. All other games’ dates are tentative and unconfirmed by their publisher. (3DS games’ launch window has been defined as beginning March 27, and the list gives three titles with dates preceding that.)
Now for the burning questions on all our minds. How much will it cost? GameStop’s listing it for $39.99, which I’m perfectly happy with. And as for the more important concern: will the release of Skyward Sword coincide? It would certainly make sense to wait to release them side-by-side to drive up hype. Unfortunately, we still don’t know anything about a projected Skyward Sword debut, but I’d like to think that Nintendo wants to develop some relationship between the two games, so we’ll just have to wait and see.