Zelda Wii U

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Zelda Wii U
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Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date 2017[1]

Platform(s) Wii U, NX
Predecessor Tri Force Heroes
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The Legend of Zelda Wii U is the working title for an upcoming The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U and NX slated to release in 2017.[1]

Game Information


The Zelda HD Experience, a The Legend of Zelda tech demo of the Wii U, was shown at E3 2011. On June 20, 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Nintendo is planning on creating an HD The Legend of Zelda title.[2]

The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U was officially announced in the Wii U Direct presentation on January 23, 2013. Eiji Aonuma stated that the game intended to challenge what was expected of The Legend of Zelda games, such as the player having to complete dungeons in a specific order or that it is a single player experience. The game is expected to have a long development time, so Nintendo released The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U to decrease the gap between releases.[3] During E3 2014, the first video of the game was shown, revealing Link riding Epona, in addition to a new enemy, and Hyrule Field. Link can be seen wearing an outfit similar to the one used in The Wind Waker. Eiji Aonuma responded to fan reactions to the character's design stating that the character was not explicitly stated to be Link,[4] but later stated that he was joking.[5]

During the Game Awards 2014, Miyamoto and Aonuma showed a new gameplay video. It demonstrated the scale of Hyrule, which was designed with the open world concept of the original Zelda games in mind.[6] It also shown the return of the Sailcloth and the use of beacons for pointing out important landmarks in the huge overworld. Different from previous games, riding Epona is done automatically, with Link only needing to steer. This was made in order to focus on the surroundings with the fully controllable camera and on combat with the Sword or Bow while riding. Link is also able to jump off Epona, slowing the game in order to shoot Arrows at enemies more precisely. If an enemy is hit by an Arrow, a metallic sound will play. Enemies also show a life meter above them, similar to when the Hero's Charm is worn in The Wind Waker.

The game was originally planned to be released in 2015, but due to new ideas added during the game's development, the release date was pushed forward past 2015.[7] During E3 2015, Shigeru Miyamoto reassured in an IGN interview that the game is still planned for a Wii U release and has some "great footage", but is not ready to be shown yet.[8] During the Nintendo Direct in November 2015, it was announced that the game is still slated for a 2016 release.[9] In financial documents released in March 2016, the game was shown to have been delayed to a 2017 release.[10] This was also confirmed in Nintendo's Twitter.[1] Zelda Wii U was also confirmed to be released simultaneously on both the Wii U and NX. A demo will be playable at E3 2016 and will be the only demo available on the show floor.[11]

amiibo Support

Along with Twilight Princess HD, The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U will be compatible with the Wolf Link amiibo.[9] It is currently unknown whether the other Zelda amiibo figures will be compatible and what kinds of features the amiibo will have.


Video Gallery

E3 2014 reveal trailer

Game Awards 2014 gameplay


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "#E3 2016 will focus on The Legend of Zelda, launching simultaneously on both Wii U and NX in 2017" — Nintendo, [1], Twitter, published April 27, 2016, retrieved May 4, 2016.
  2. "This is an HD system, our first HD system, and we want to create a real HD Zelda game for it. You will see a lot of these in-depth and deep experiences in terms of visual style. You will also see some play styles that are fun and interesting because of the play structure."How the Wii U One Ups Television, Kotaku.
  3. Nintendo, Wii U Direct Presentation - 23.01.2013, YouTube.
  4. "No one explicitly said that that was Link."Exclusive: That might not have been Link in the Wii U Zelda trailer, producer teases, Venture Beat.
  5. "It's a rumour. Actually that comment I made jokingly. It's not that I said that it wasn't Link. It's that I never said that it was Link. It's not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way. It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying 'oh it's a female character' and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that was humour. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement. I don't want people to get hung up on the way Link looks because ultimately Link represents the player in the game. I don't want to define him so much that it becomes limiting to the players. I want players to focus on other parts of the trailer and not specifically on the character because the character Link represents, again, the player."Aonuma confirms that Link was the character featured in Zelda Wii U’s debut video, Nintendo Everything.
  6. "One of the main things we wanted to do was go back to the open-world concept of the original "Zelda" games and design with that in mind." — Derrik J. Lang, Miyamoto on 'Amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' Movie, ABC News, retrieved December 18, 2014.
  7. "So, I must apologize to you all that were expecting the game by year's end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority." — Nintendo, Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda, has a message to share., Facebook, published March 27, 2015, retrieved March 27, 2015.
  8. Miyamoto has “great footage” to show off for Zelda Wii U, just “not today” | Zelda Universe
  9. 9.0 9.1 Nintendo, Nintendo Direct November 2015, YouTube.
  10. Nintendo, Earnings Release for Fiscal Year Ended March 2016, Nintendo, published April 27, 2016, retrieved April 27, 2016.
  11. Nintendo, [This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda series. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Nintendo provides updates on mobile, NX and The Legend of Zelda along with annual earnings], Nintendo, published April 27, 2016, retrieved April 27, 2016.

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