The Man has given his Word, and the Word is…bad? We already suspected that Ocarina of Time 3D wouldn’t make it into the 3DS’s initial “launch window,” but hearing it put into plain, official, Word of Reg English still breaks our hearts. Watch the video above or read below to see what he had to say.

Between Nintendogs + Cats and Pilotwings, those two franchises, either on the original DS or on other legacy systems like the NES or Super NES, have sold tens of millions of copies. So, those two franchises have a lot of strength all by themselves. Steel Diver is a brand new experience, and from a compelling standpoint, we think it’s awfully compelling.

Mario, Zelda, all of those titles are coming. And, from our perspective, we like to launch titles when they’re ready. And so they’ll be ready, they’ll be ready soon. Just not in that initial time period of late March to early June. So for games like Kid Icarus, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart – those games we’ll show more information about at E3, and certainly they’ll launch after E3.

So that’s it – no Ocarina of Time during the early part of this year. Does that mean they’ll throw us a bone in the meantime in the form of Skyward Sword? We certainly hope so, because otherwise we can dread a spring and early summer that are both completely devoid of new first party Nintendo blood. I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed for GDC and an announcement for mid-April to late-May for the upcoming Zelda for Wii. But maybe that’s just me grasping at a nonexistent silver lining.

Source: Multiplayer Blog @ MTV


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