Well crap. I thought last month, when Nintendo gave Star Fox Zero a release date put to bed all those rumors about the game being delayed, but I guess they turned out to be true in the end. Shigeru Miyamoto announced today on the company’s Facebook Page that Star Fox Zero won’t be making it’s planned release in November, but will be moved back into early next year:
I made a big decision last week.
We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.
To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.
Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.
Generally speaking, when Nintendo delays a game, the end result is something amazing and worth the wait for, and the first quarter of 2016 isn’t THAT big of a delay. Yet, it’s still kind of a bummer. We were promised a new Zelda for the Wii U this year and that was pushed back to some nebulous date, and wasn’t even spoken of at this year’s E3. Now Star Fox, the only other major Nintendo title slated for the holiday season has slipped as well.
While I have little doubt both games will be amazing, the Wii U is starting to look incredibly bare compared to its console rivals. Many fear that Nintendo is getting more and more focused on their next console, the NX, and are leaving Wii U owners behind. I don’t feel that’s entirely the case, but with two major games pushed back into next year, 2015 hasn’t been the “year of Wii U” like some hoped.