Skyward Sword will release after Ocarina 3DS - fall 2011 it is!

Last we heard, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was planned for an early 2011 release date. That time has come, yet almost no additional footage or details of the game have surfaced since last fall. With each passing week, it seemed more likely Nintendo would push Skyward Sword further into the year, and could possibly even make it a tentpole release for fall 2011. News today suggests that is precisely what will happen.

Above: You prolly won't be stabbin' no scorpions 'til September at the earliest

We know that Ocarina of Time 3DS will ship after this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, which puts it on shelves sometime after June 9. Couple that with a recent presentation from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that says Ocarina is "expected to hit the market earlier" than Skyward Sword, and you've got a recipe for a delay into fall 2011. If Ocarina is coming out June-July at the earliest, it stands to reason Nintendo would wait a couple of months before unleashing a brand-new console Zelda on the world - that puts Skyward Sword in the Sep-Oct range.

Can't say we're surprised - Skyward Sword will undoubtedly be Nintendo's biggest game this year, so why not push it into the busy shopping season? Sucks we basically have to wait another year, but c'mon, did anyone really think we'd play this in "early 2011" as originally stated?

Given the later release date, expect Skyward Sword to have a huge presence at E3 for the second year in a row.


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  • gamebrain8505 - February 1, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    I think I just died
  • KidKatana - February 1, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    @ 510BrotherPanda Yeh totally agree. It's weird how much it irritated me that he wasn't left-handed in TP, it's as if the series suddenly started playing a different sound when you solved a puzzle. God I'm a Zelda nerd. In all honesty though, that's hardly gonna stop me from buying this. Zelda games are the reason I keep buying Nintendo consoles. And yeh guys, cut Turboash some slack, I'm pretty sure he was kidding.
  • keltar93 - February 1, 2011 2:42 a.m.

    I think Turobash is mocking the fanboys who would hate as he pretended to. Still, this delay weakens most of Wii's year considerably. If Xenoblade and Last Story don't come stateside, what do we have? Conduit 2 and Mario Sports Mix. I'd say this all but confirms a new Nintendo system (preferrably motion control free- it was a nice run, but we're ready to move on)
  • shawksta - February 1, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    Miyamoto wants to Work hard on this game because he thought Wind Waker went "Unfinished" That fact alone sheds light that this will be the best Action/Adventure game since Ocarina of Time :D You can take all the time in the world to Perfect this Miyamoto :)
  • markshell - February 1, 2011 1:32 a.m.

    Geez another Zelda game delayed... Those delays are part of the franchise just as the solved secret chimes and freaking Ganondorf. Can't bother to whine about it too much though, since every new entry is fucking epic-er and polished-er than the last one. Take all the time you need guys
  • Defguru7777 - February 1, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    At least they're taking their time with it. This is probably the game that'll get me to play my Wii again.
  • Crabhand - February 1, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    While I really want to play Skyward Sword, I have no problem with waiting. Although much like Pokémon and Dragon Age 2 will vie for my time, this, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, and Old Republic will be hard to balance.
  • 510BrotherPanda - February 1, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I'm a Zelda continuity nerd, and I still don't like that the Wii versions needed to have him right-handed... The WiiMote can technically be held in either hand, so why not program the game to allow mirrored controls? Link (and/or Brett Elston) should be left-handed.
  • thefreakysurgeon - January 31, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    i actually like that it's coming out later this year. it gives Nintendo more time to debug the game and make it TWICE AS EPIC!!
  • kl4d0 - January 31, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    @Turboash ...why? Cus you didn't play it, or because you're a troll?, Ocarina of time was and still is one of the best adventure games out there, you should indeed take an attempt to the franchise instead of stating sh/t like you just did.
  • Lando81 - January 31, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    How can it be delayed if there was no official release in the first place? Thinking like that is setting yourself up for disappointment.
  • BudaBaker - January 31, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    if ocarina of time isn't coming out till june-july im probably not going to buy the 3ds till june-july.
  • db1331 - January 31, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    LOL. Ya'll postin in a troll thread.
  • batmanboy11 - January 31, 2011 9:43 p.m.

  • Bunlert - January 31, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    I've played every Zelda game since they began (from renting an NES as a kid and staying up all night)but I can honestly say I'm not that excited for this. It doesn't look yet like they're taking it anywhere interesting. I could be wrong and I haven't looked too much into it, but it just seems sort of... meh.
  • selio - January 31, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    pretty sure turbo was kidding...
  • MajorPonch - January 31, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    @Turboass You are a fucking idiot. The fact that you haven't played a Zelda title is even more testament to your ignorance when criticizing the franchise. You sound like an uneducated moron.
  • Deanigo - January 31, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    What the hell Turboash! I hope your just trolling because how could you be so naive towards one of the biggest and greatest gaming franchises in the world, with developers who have never let their fans down with a bad game! The worst would have to be Links Crossbow training and that was only produced to promote the Wii-gun accessory thing.
  • db1331 - January 31, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    The thought that I could have this AND Skyrim to play at the same time is almost frightening. Almost.
  • Turboash - January 31, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    Having never played ANY of the Zelda games, I think I'm qualified enough to safely say that this will be the worst game in the history of games.

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