Zelda: Breath of the Wild rumoured to miss Nintendo Switch launch in March

It didn't have an official date from Nintendo other than the 365 day encompassing '2017' label but it definitely doesn't sound like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will make the Nintendo Switch March release date. According to industry insider Emily Rogers, localisation is taking longer than previously anticipated. The open world game is huge so it's unsurprising and it's apparently looking like the localisation process won't be finished until December. Rogers goes on to say that the testing and QA process will then take four to six months so we're probably looking at summer 2017 at the earliest. 

Eurogamer also has similar reports from sources saying that Nintendo obviously wants the game to launch as close to perfect as possible. It's not missing any release dates with just 2017 as the official Nintendo line but it's important to wonder what will be in the Switch launch line up if Zelda isn't leading the charge. Yesterday's rumours of a £199/$249 Nintendo Switch price point were great news but it's not far away now and becoming intriguing as to what the launch line up will be. 

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