Even though the first original 3DS The Legend of Zelda is being released later this year – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – and a HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is soon being released on Wii U, the main discussion in terms of The Legend of Zelda is the unannounced original Wii U Zelda game.
We know that this game is in development. Eiji Aonuma himself has said this; he revealed it for the first time in the January Wii U Direct. In that Nintendo Direct, he stated that some of the philosophies behind this new game were that of a more open-world and multiplayer. Since then, Aonuma has also said that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD has been serving as a way of teaching Nintendo how to develop an HD The Legend of Zelda game.
But when will we see this game? Miyamoto claimed that it was nearly shown at E3 2013, but wasn’t so that the playable games would not be overshadowed. This makes sense, but also seems to confirm that the game is at the stage where it can be shown!
Now, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has been talking to The Guardian:
“It is true that Mr Aonuma’s team has been working on a new Zelda title for the Wii U. But the only announcement we have at this time of software which will soon become available is WindWaker HD. But they are actually working on an exclusive new Wii U title in the Zelda franchise and I hope in the not-too-distant future, we will be able to make the relevant announcement.”
So, all the evidence seems to point at a reveal this year, or at least not far after 2013. My opinion is that there will be a special The Legend of Zelda Direct around November. This Nintendo Direct would feature a little talk on the already-released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, a large section on the imminently-releasing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds to publicise it, and a small teaser right at the end for The Legend of Zelda Wii U. This would avoid taking the focus off the other The Legend of Zelda games which are releasing in 2013, as well as putting a large focus on Nintendo themselves with this massive, new, HD The Legend of Zelda game just as the PS4 and Xbox One are being released.
This makes sense to me, but what about you? When do you think the first original The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U will be revealed? Tell us in the comments below!