Nintendo hasn't officially stated when Breath of the Wild will launch outside of "2017," but many people were hoping or expecting it to be a Switch launch title. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. Emily Rogers, Eurogamer, and Laura Dale all claim that it won't be ready for launch, and that Nintendo is aiming to release it in June. It seems it was planned to come to Switch at launch but both localization and bug testing are taking much longer than they anticipated. Target Briefly Listed its Release Date as June 13th, 2017, lending credence to the claims, but GameStop recently listed it as a Q1 game on their marketing calendar during an earnings call, so it's possible it could be more like May.
This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.
We all think this is true, seeing as these outlets have had plenty of correct information, and too many stars are aligning in this narrative. Not to mention the recent "Life in the Ruins" trailer from TGA doesn't mention a March release date anywhere in sight. And we don't think it's necessarily a bad move, as Breath of the Wild is so big it will be much better as a summertime game than it would a springtime game. Plus it means other games like Mario, Splatoon, and Skyrim, and even Breath of the Wild when it does finally launch, could have more room to breathe.
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