The Legend of Zelda Wii U has been delayed to 2017, Nintendo has confirmed. It will, however, launch simultaneously on Nintendo's next-generation console, Nintendo NX.
Though it isn't clear whether Zelda will be a launch title for NX (which releases worldwide in March 2017), the Wii U version will be the focus of this June's E3, and will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show.
The company says that the delay will give its developers "more time to polish the game".
"The latest instalment in this classic series is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both Wii U and NX, and both versions of the game have been in development in tandem," Nintendo said earlier today. "Because developers need more time to polish the game, it will launch in 2017, but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at E3."
It continued: "This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda series. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future."
The Legend of Zelda had previously been due to release in 2015, but was pushed back to let producer Eiji Aonuma "create something that exceeds my own expectations".