'Zelda' Wii U Game Release Date: Nintendo Switch launch could coincide with 'BOTW' debut


Nintendo still hasn't revealed the release date for Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but we may learn more at the official Switch event this month. In the meantime, various Zelda BOTW rumors have clued us in on what to expect, and the latest leak from the Japanese magazine CoroCoro may have revealed the new Zelda games release date once and for all. 

Zelda Wii U Game Release Date: Will it coincide with the Nintendo Switch launch?

According CoroCoro and WCCF Tech, the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date will come in the spring. The first day of spring is March 20, and the game could be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, which is also set to debut in March. Even if it isn't a launch title, the latest Zelda game could arrive shortly afterward.


The original report was also backed up by other reliable sources. On Twitter, Laura Kate Dale of Let's Play Video Games reported that the Nintendo Switch will launch with the upcoming Zelda title in two months.

We're not surprised to hear that the new Zelda game will be available for Wii U and Nintendo Switch in early 2017. The title was available as a playable demo at E3 2016, and publications like IGN have played through huge portions of the adventure already. Nintendo is also clearly confident enough to show the game on mainstream television such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Of course, timing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date with the Nintendo Switch launch would likely guarantee a lot of sales for the new console.

Zelda Wii U Game Release Date: Even more Breath of the Wild art revealed

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Both the picture above and Zelda image found at the top of this article were recently released by Nintendo to tease the new game. This could be an attempt by the Zelda creators to build hype for the game as we grow closer to release, whenever that may be.

The enemy shown here greatly resembles the one pictured in a previously released image for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The blue weapon mixed with the overall steampunk look matches up with what we've seen in early trailers, and it's possible we'll see more enemies revealed ahead of the official release.

Check out more Zelda and Nintendo news

Hungry for more Legend of Zelda details? Check out this earlier trailer for Zelda BOTW and then read up on why the game's release date may not arrive until long after the Nintendo Switch has already launched. Or check out how Ocarina of Time would look in Unreal Engine 4-level HD if you're feeling nostalgic.

If you'd rather read about other Nintendo games, check out our coverage of Pokemon Go Gen 2 and Nintendo Switch specs, or indulge in your nostalgia with Game Boy games and Mario Kart.