Got a call about my reservation today, saying that Nintendo pushed back Zelda to after March '06. A little checking brought up this.
Apparently they’re adding more levels. Unless someone knows more, I’m betting that they had a really beautiful game that was about an hour long. Rather than put out a flagship title that would totally sink them just before the next gen releases, they’re putting more in it.
I’m disappointed about the delay, but I know I have enough on my plate that it’s for the best. It’s refreshing to see a developer put quality of content above seasonal/fiscal timing considerations. I hope the delay doesn’t hurt sales too much, though if it’s arriving that late the implication must be that Revolution won’t be out til at least the fall. Shucks.
Dissapointing, but necessary I’m sure. Wind Waker in actuality could have used a similar delay to eke out a few more dungeons and tidy up those nagging flaws that cluttered gaming forums post release. That is a nice prospect at least.
This doesn’t leave very much on the plate for the struggling Gamecube this holiday though.
I think the “new levels” is marketing speak for “we need more time.”
They’ve been promising a huge game all along (much longer than WW and even longer than OoT) so it might have been too much for them.
I’m surprised though. The versions of the game they’ve been showing since E3 seemed pretty polished and I never would have guessed it wasn’t going to make it out this holiday.
Then again, maybe they think it will sell more in the Spring when it won’t have to compete for attention with the 360 and Kingdom Hearts 2. Wind Waker did very well for itself in the spring.
Since we’ll see their new hardware in Fall '06 at the absolute earliest, I don’t think they’ll be competing with it at all. This is interesting in that it pins Nintendo’s holiday season entirely on the DS. Given the PSP’s lackluster lineup for the remainder of 2005 (with the notable exception of GTA:LCS), it just may turn out to be the big winner of the year.
Advance Wars Dual Strike
Mario & Luigi 2
Age of Empires DS
Animal Crossing DS
Pretty damn hard to beat that lineup. And that’s just off the top of my head.
Still I was hoping for Zelda this fall but I’d rather have it finished.[/quote]
I’d have to add Castlevania, Trauma Center, Sonic Rush, Lost in Blue, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney to that list. The DS has the most impressive holiday lineup of any system this year so far. (Although Shadow of the Colossus is #1 on my wanted list…)