It's a well-known fact that Nintendo like to play with their fans' heartstrings. Although The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was originally announced to have a 2010 release date, we all expected it would slip to 2011. It did. But that was OK, because it was still coming Spring 2011. We may be steadily approaching Spring, but according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, Link isn't quite ready to wave his sword yet.
Speaking at a recent investor's meeting, Iwata had this to say on the upcoming releases in the Zelda series:
"[Shigeru Miyamoto's] team is now entering into the final completion stage of ['The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword']... 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' has been in the process of being remade for Nintendo 3DS, and this Nintendo 3DS version is expected to hit the market earlier [than Skyward Sword]."
Combined with Reggie Fils-Aime's recent comments about the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D -- ie. it won't be seeing a release before E3 2011 -- it certainly seems like a long time to wait for Link's Wii homecoming.
But then again, perhaps this is good news. Since we heard that the game was "over half complete," there has always been a slight fear that Nintendo would attempt to push it out, unfinished, in order to meet the self-imposed Spring deadline. By allowing the team more development time, it's safe to say that Skyward Sword will have ironed out all the kinks, and will be a better game for it.
However, the question soon becomes, "When will the game finally release?" Personally, I believe it will launch in November 2011, just before Thanksgiving. It may sound like a long time away, but it really isn't. If Ocarina of Time 3D launches (as I believe it will) in July, that gives gamers four months to complete the title and prepare excitedly for Skyward Sword.
Contrary to popular belief, you can have too much of a good thing, and Nintendo don't want people burning out on one of their most successful franchises.
Are you excited for Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time 3D? Will you be buying both at launch? Let us know in the comments below.