The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild May Be a Switch Launch Title After All [Report]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild May Be a Switch Launch Title After All [Report]

You should expect to see Breath of the Wild launch alongside the Switch -- provided you don't live in Europe.

2017 is set to be the Year of the Nintendo Switch, but there's still a lot about the system that's up in the air. For instance, will The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild be a launch title, or won't it?

Late last year, game writer Emily Rogers (a fertile source for Nintendo rumors) said Breath of the Wild won't be a launch title for the Switch because, according to her sources, more time was needed for localization efforts and bug testing.

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Today, however, we learned we should be able to get our Zelda on at the Switch's March 2017 launch after all. Sources close to Eurogamer say Nintendo is determined to make the new system's launch line-up as strong as possible, which includes getting Zelda out the door alongside the hardware.

All's well that ends well for Zelda fans, right? Not quite. While we'll supposedly see Breath of the Wild accompany the Switch's debut in North America and Japan, its European launch date is a bit more muddled. This is where the aforementioned localization delays come in: Translating a game for the multilingual European territories takes considerably more effort than North America's straight English translation (though it's unclear what'll happen with Breath of the Wild's Canadian release, as Canada is legally required to provide French translations of labels / products for Quebec residents).

"One source tells Eurogamer that Japan had always wanted the game to launch in March, and had been uncomfortable waiting until later," writes Tom Phillips. "Another source says the decision to move ahead with March regardless of Europe was only finalised by committee at the end of last year."

As with most things related to the Switch, we'll have to wait and see what the full story is.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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