Though Nintendo still lists The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as "coming 2017", there was hope that the game would be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, alongside the Wii U version. The Switch is set for a March 2017 release date, so the expectation was the Breath of the Wild would release within that timeframe. Now a report by Nintendo tipster Emily Rogers and backed up by Eurogamer sources puts that idea in doubt.
According to both reports, localization and testing is the reason behind the shift in potential release date. Sources have told Rogers and Eurogamer that localization for the game won't be done until the end of December, and following that four to six months of testing will be needed.
The issue with testing is that Breath of the Wild is an open-world game, so there are a ton of things that can go wrong. When was the last time you played a bug-free open-world title? Despite that, Nintendo wants the game to be as bug-free as possible.
That means we can likely expect The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to be a Summer 2017 game on Switch and Wii U. That also means that Nintendo probably has another flagship game planned for the Switch launch, with Rogers pointing to the Mario game.
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