Thursday, August 18, 2011

No Wii U version planned for Zelda: Skyward Sword

Nintendo finally announced Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released this year for the Wii on Nov. 20 and Zelda overlord, Eiji Aonuma confirmed their won’t be a Wii U version.  

Many gamers figured since the game’s released date is so close to the launch of Wii U, Nintendo might pull a “Twilight Princess” and also release a special Wii U version.
Aonuma has been overseeing the Legend of Zelda since Ocarina of Time assured IGN that a Wii U branded version would not be happening.
 "This game is really designed around the motion plus as an experience," said Aonuma.  As we stated in our exclusive article predicting Wii U’s launch lineup, a Wii U version wouldn’t make sense since the game is designed around the Wii’s controller for one-to-one swordplay. This would be cumbersome with the Wii U’s new controller and would take the emphases off the new console’s selling points.

After Twilight Princess saw delay after delay, its released date matched up with the launch of the Wii. Nintendo kept to their word and released a Gamecube version, but by then, all attention was on Nintendo’s new console. The company also realized it had a weak launch lineup and a special Wii version of Twilight Princess was created to give the launch an extra bump.

Nintendo could change their minds about a Wii U version, but with Nintendo bleeding for new products this year; they desperately need Skyward Sword on Wii. If most gamers play the game on Wii, re-releasing it 6 months later on Wii U makes little sense and starts the new console off on a bad foot.
Zelda: Skyward Sword is said to fill in the back story regarding the Master Sword and takes place before the events of Ocarina of Time.

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