Nintendo has two Zelda games for the Wii U coming out next year
In a rare, but not unpleasant twist, we have some good Nintendo news that is centered on the Wii U! Huzzah! Granted, it may be a little late, but it’s good news nonetheless.
During today’s Nintendo Direct event, the House of Mario discussed some of its plans for this holiday and early 2016. There wasn’t anything groundbreaking (no Nintendo NX news, alas), but the software/hardware maker did confirm that there is not one, but two Legend of Zelda games coming to the Wii U in 2016.
The first will be an HD upgrade of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and it will offer a new look at the 2006 title released on both GameCube and Wii. The second Zelda news was just a recommitment to the release of the new, as-yet-untitled Zelda game coming exclusively for the Wii U.
Personally, of the two I am more excited by Twilight Princess. That’s partly because there isn’t really much to say about the new Zelda game at this point other than it exists (there isn’t even an official name yet), but also because Twilight Princess was in many ways the victim of unfortunate timing.
Twilight Princess was developed during the final days of the GameCube, but Nintendo decided to delay it in order to port it to the Wii and release it as a Wii launch title. It was great on both systems – exceptionally so – but it felt a bit like it had one foot in each world. It was tough to play it and wonder how good it could have been if it were developed with the Wii’s controls in mind, or how impactful it might have been if it had been released earlier on the GameCube.
This will be the second Zelda game given an HD overhaul for the Wii U. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was re-released in 2013 – although you can make the argument that due to the already unique cel-shaded graphics in Wind Waker, it didn’t benefit as much from the upgrade as Twilight Princess will.
No word on a release date other than next year, but the game’s soundtrack will be included with the game as a pre-order bonus.
As for the Zelda game that will be native to the Wii U, well, it is still coming. That much we know.
At this point, it wouldn’t be all that surprising for Nintendo to delay the release of the new Zelda game in order to create a port for the new Nintendo NX console, which is also due out next year. As evidenced by Twilight Princess, there is precedent.