Zelda: Breath of the Wild Reportedly to Miss Nintendo Switch Launch Date

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will Not be a Nintendo Switch Launch Title, But Mario May be Available

According to reports, the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will miss the Nintendo Switch’s launch date in March 2017. Reliable Nintendo industry insider Emily Rogers dropped the initial report, and this was later corroborated by Eurogamer.

Rogers explains that the localization of the biggest Zelda game ever made was taking longer than expected, and may not be completed until the end of this year. And after that is finished, Rogers adds that “four-to-six months of testing” will be needed before Breath of the Wild can be released to the public. This means that the game could be facing a summer 2017 release as the developers put the finishing touches on what we said “will single-handedly save Nintendo”.

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Top Screen

Eurogamer verified these statements, reporting that they had received the same tips as Rogers. However, Eurogamer adds that according to additional information they heard, they believe a new Mario game will be available for the Nintendo Switch’s launch instead. The title could be what was shown in the Nintendo Switch teaser released last month, though the game’s existence has not been confirmed by Nintendo.

So far, Breath of the Wild only has a generic “2017” release date from Nintendo after two delays from its original 2015 release date.