It’s been almost two years since this game’s reveal and we still know little to nothing about it. Zelda Wii U appears to be on its way to completion and it has been confirmed that the producers are still making it for the Wii U, but we have good reason to think that this game will be seeing a dual release – an initial release this year for the Wii U, and a second release probably next year when the NX comes out.
First, let’s think about the history we have with Zelda Wii U. While it’s not much, I have made one solid conclusion from all of the information that we have to date – Zelda Wii U is going to be an amazing game, and I would even go as far to say that this game will be revolutionary for the franchise. There is plenty of evidence supporting this idea. For one, the producer Eiji Aonuma has recently stated in an interview with Famitsu that this game will change up the formula a bit for the Zelda franchise and that they’re trying to do what Ocarina of Time did when it came out. This would mean that this new Zelda game might make us re-think what a “Zelda” game actually is. In addition, with the new open-world aspect that is expected to have a “twist” of some sort, I think this game is going to shape up to be amazing.
Now, let’s look at the sales of the Wii U. As of February 2016, the Wii U has surpassed 12 million units sold. Now let’s compare that to the PlayStation 4. The PS4 surpassed 34.5 million units sold in January 2016. Let’s face it – the Wii U isn’t doing so hot. So, how does this relate to Zelda Wii U seeing a dual release? Think about it – Zelda Wii U is expected to be a phenomenal game that is going to be released on a console that is essentially a failure. Why in the world would Nintendo limit themselves so much? They wouldn’t! The only solution would be to release this game on both consoles or on just the Nintendo NX, but I very highly doubt Nintendo will do this so late in the game and they don’t want to disappoint those who have bought the Wii U.
Now let’s look at The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Combined all together, Twilight Princess for Gamecube and Twilight Princess for Wii had the most game sales of all time for the Zelda franchise – right in front of Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. Perhaps people liked the more “realistic” graphics of Twilight Princess, but I see something bigger. The Gamecube wasn’t a successful system like the Nintendo 64 was. Comparing this to the scenario we have now, the Wii U is essentially this generation’s Gamecube. Then what came after the Gamecube? It was a revolutionary console for Nintendo – the Wii. If Nintendo plays their cards right, the NX can be next generation’s Wii. In addition, Nintendo dual-released Twilight Princess because it released so close to the Wii’s debut – much like how Zelda Wii U will most likely be coming out just a few months before the NX’s debut. By expanding Twilight Princess to a dual release, Nintendo increased their profit immensely by appealing to gamers who like the Gamecube and gamers who like the Wii. This is a brilliant plan for Zelda Wii U – if they can dual release the game, it will see a lot of profit.
We could, of course, talk about that rumor lots of people have heard of where a youtuber who supposably works for Nintendo got confirmation that the Zelda Wii U will be seeing a dual release, but I don’t like to talk about rumors because they’re typically wrong. It’s something to think about and it supports my ideas, but rumors are just rumors right now. I want you all to know that Zelda Wii U will be seeing a dual release not because some guy said so, but because it makes the most sense.
Zelda Wii U is sure to see a dual release – it’s practically inevitable at this point. I will be absolutely shocked if Nintendo chooses to release this game solely on the Wii U. But enough about my opinion – lets hear yours. Do you think Zelda will be seeing a dual release? What do you think of the rumors we’ve had about it so far? Let us know in the comments.