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Nintendo Delays The Legend Of Zelda For Wii U Out Of 2015, Won’t Be At E3

Bad news for Wii U owners today. The biggest release of 2015 isn’t going to be in 2015 anymore. In a video message, producer Eiji Aonuma says the game will not make its planned release before the end of the year.

In the video statement below, Aonuma says that over the last three months, the development team has come up with new ideas for the game. Rather than cut them or amend them to make deadline, the team will be working without a specific deadline. 

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“So I must apologize to all of you who were expecting the game by year’s end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority,” Aonuma says. “Instead, our priority is to make it the ultimate and most complete Zelda game.”

 

Update: The Legend of Zelda will not be shown at E3 2015, Aonuma confirmed on Nintendo's Miiverse website

"As I said in the video, we would like to take this time so we can bring you a very special experience, by making the ultimate Zelda game," Aonuma writes. "Since we’d like to focus on developing the game we’ve decided to not show the game at this year’s E3."

 

Our Take
It’s hard not to wonder if The Legend of Zelda will appear on the Wii U at all. With Nintendo starting to talk about a new console, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if the company eventually pushed this game off to make it a launch title for the system code named “NX.” Either way, this is a devastating blow to Nintendo and the Wii U in 2015.

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Game Boy Advance’s F-Zero: GP Legend Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

The F-Zero game with a story that released on Game Boy Advance in 2004, is now available on Wii U Virtual Console.

Based on an anime of the same name, F-Zero: GP Legend gives a few of the game's 34 different playable characters racing-focused missions with story moments. The game also has the standard Grand Prix, Time Trial, and other modes.

Recently, the Virtual Console got a huge influx of games with a full collection with Donkey Kong Country and Land games.

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Our Take
I played a ton of F-Zero X on Nintendo 64, but I never really played much of the other F-Zero titles. While we're waiting for a new entry in the series, whose future is currently ambiguous (Miyamoto talked about the series' future here and here), this might be worth checking out.

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Reader Discussion: What Is Your Favorite Song From The Legend Of Zelda Series?

Last weekend, we ran a poll asking you what game franchise has the best music. While Final Fantasy and Halo racked up a lot of support from our readers, The Legend of Zelda secured nearly 30% of the vote and came away with the victory.

Now, we want to take it a step further. Even if you didn't vote for the Zelda franchise in our poll, it's safe to say that, from day one, Link's many adventures have been accompanied by some pretty excellent music. We want to know what your favorite song from this long-running series is.

Whether you're talking the beloved "Gerudo Valley Theme" from Ocarina of Time, the recent "Lorule Overworld Theme" from A Link Between Worlds, or even the iconic "Overworld Theme" from most games in the series, you're bound to have a favorite. I'm personally a fan of all of the ones I just listed, but I'm also a sucker for "Saria's Song" and "Song of Storms" from Ocarina of Time, as well as many, many songs from Wind Waker. Let us know what your favorite tunes from the Zelda franchise are in the comments below.

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New Legend of Zelda Live Action Film Will Recreate The Classic Battle

A new Legend of Zelda Fan film looks to recreate the final battle between Link and Ganon from the Ocarina of Time. Based on what we’ve seen so far from an early teaser trailer, we hope this isn’t the last Zelda film they make.

While rumors still circulate that Netflix is eyeing The Legend of Zelda for an original series, the folks from PlayerPiano are trying to beat them to the punch. Watch the teaser below.

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GI Show 233: Dying Light, Life Is Strange, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

This week, we tackle a gruesome open-world zombie hit, a time-twisting adventure, and the reinvention of a Nintendo classic.

First up is Dying Light, Dead Island creator Techland's new zombie franchise. It's certainly based off Techland's past work, but takes the zombie genre in new directions with a more serious tone, parkour-influenced traversal, and intense action and storytelling. Host Matt Helgeson is joined by Game Informer's Brian Shea and Jeff Marchiafava, who tell us all about it.

In the second segment, we talk about the first installment of Dontnod's episodic adventure game. Dontnod's Remember Me was an interesting, yet flawed title, and Life is Strange takes some of the best elements while implementing better mechanics – and tackling some genuinely edgy issues. Reviewer Kim Wallace stops by along with Ben Reeves and Ben Hanson.

Finally, Kyle Hilliard and Ben Reeves talk about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, the excellent new remake of the classic action/RPG. It's the best version of Majora's Mask to date, making it perfect for those who've never played it or veterans looking for a much-improved trip down memory lane.

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Has New Live-Action Commercial

A new TV spot for the Majora's Mask remake has a cool retro vibe.

The commercial, which was posted by Nintendo's UK branch, definitely takes you back to the old days, right down to the portenteous voiceovers and music. The game releases in the U.S. on February 13 (Friday the 13th).

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Our Take
This definitely brings back memories of watching TV at my mom's house. I think it's a great spot. 

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Watch Our Hour Long Live Stream Of The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS

Yesterday, we streamed the first hour of The Legend of Zelda 3D side by side with the original Nintendo 64 version of the game.

You can watch the archived stream on Twitch by heading here, or you can check out the YouTube archive of the stream below. During the stream Andrew Reiner, Wade Wojcik, and myself played through the opening hour of the new Majora's Mask on 3DS and the original Nintendo 64 release simultaneously and shared our memories of our three days in Termina, talked about some of the changes for the remake, and commiserated over the poor shape of our Nintendo 64 vault copy of Majora's Mask.

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For more of us playing Majora's Mask (and a broader look at the entire game) check out our recent episode of Replay. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D releases February 13 for 3DS.

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Join Us For Our Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Live Stream

Tomorrow we'll be streaming the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and we'll be doing it side by side with the original Nintendo 64 version.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, the remake of the 2000 Nintendo 64 classic, doesn't release until February 13, but tomorrow, Monday January 26, we'll be playing the game live for an hour. And we'll be streaming the original Nintendo 64 version right next to it.

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tomorrow, Monday January 26 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern to watch us play and reminisce about the bizarre Ocarina of Time sequel. If you can't wait for us to start the live stream, you can always check out our recent Majora's Mask episode of Replay where we played through a large portion of the game's opening.

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