Zelda Wii U release in 2014, gameplay details leaked – Report

Wednesday, 5th September 2012 11:02 GMT By Dave Cook

The Legend of Zelda Wii U will launch in 2014, a Nintendo Japan source has told site Wii U Daily. Read on for tons of rumoured details below.

The site reports that its source is the same person who accurately predicted that Wii U would be getting achievements, and predicted Miiverse ahead of its reveal.

On Zelda Wii U’s art style, the source allegedly told the site that Nintendo is sticking with the colour art style last seen in Skyward Sword, “Nintendo is sticking to the core values of Zelda, while trying to appeal to a wide range of gamers, casual and hardcore. They feel they’ve found the sweet spot with Skyward Sword, and they’re continuing this approach with the Wii U Zelda game”.

The source added, “They’re using a new, state of the art engine that’s being built from ground up in parallel with the game. It’s got the most advanced visual features Nintendo has ever made, and includes a lot of third party tech like Havok for physics and rendering middleware from Umbra.”

On the subject of Nintendo’s Wii U Zelda tech demo, the source says this was merely a demo and nothing to do with the actual game, “The Wii U Zelda stuff you saw at E3 2011 was just a tech demo, nothing else. I’ve seen none of that in the real game. The tech demo was even made by an entirely different team with an older engine.”

It’s a large project too says the source, “They got hundreds of people working on the new Wii U Zelda game. It’s a 4-year development cycle with a new console, new technology, new engine etc. It’ll end up being the most expensive game they’ve made to date. It’s a huge investment for them [Nintendo] in money and manpower, this is Rockstar/GTA territory.”

The game was allegedly slated ofr a 2013 release but its sheer size caused a delay, the source claimed, “They targeted a 2013 release, but quickly abandoned that goal. This is the biggest project they’ve [Nintendo] ever done, no way is it gonna be ready for Q3 2013. At least from where I see it”.

On dungeons, the source revealed Zelda Wii U would have, “about the same amount of dungeons as previous Zelda games, but these will be vastly bigger in scope and will be totally different from each other. Some dungeons are so big they’re broken up in 3 parts and will literally take hours to complete.”

The game will also, “have mini-games and side quests, but these are still on the drawing board.”

Details of the game’s forest dungeon were also revealed, “The first test dungeon they made was a giant forest running on early and buggy Wii U hardware — the dungeon was bigger than the Hyrule field in Ocarina, and the whole thing is one dungeon. You use the gamepad to navigate, avoid traps, follow clues etc. It’s dark, lush, with a ton of trees, foliage, some which you have to cut your way through. Its scope and details are unlike anything you’ve seen in a Zelda game”

There will be no multiplayer, but definitely online features, the source claims, “Online multiplayer was never on the drawing board, they’re sticking with the tried and tested Zelda formula. It’ll have some online features like Miiverse and some sort of system where players can leave hints and help each other in the dungeons. That’s about it”.

On how Zelda Wii U will make the most of Nintendo’s new gamepad, the source explained, “everything in the game is built around the controller and its unique abilities. Every single feature in the controller is used to its full potential. Some of this stuff is still in early stages of development, but they’ve already implemented enough to show just what’s possible with the new controller. They showed some of this stuff to key third party devs behind closed doors last year to get them to realize the possibilities of the new tech.”

What does this mean for gameplay? Well the source has discussed that too, “It’ll have some revolutionizing gameplay. It has stuff that would never be possible on any other console, and it’s not just one cool feature, it’s one cool feature after another. Each dungeon will offer a different gameplay experience with the tablet controller. It’ll be the most innovative game ever, they got stuff that will be copied by others for years.”

What do you think? Does this sound feasible, or is it too early to say?

Thanks GAF.



  1. Tiffania

    omg omg omg!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. KrazyKraut

    I mean that a new Zelda would come is obvious, but I could imagine, that now some ppl will wait with their WiiU purchase. (If the rumor is true)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    This whole rumour just sounds way too predictable and safe to be real. 80-90% of that rumour pretty much HAS to be true…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    I was thinking that. Very little actual info in there you couldn’t just reasonably guess, or is never going to be disputable.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Telepathic.Geometry

    Also, since when has “Wii U achievements” been confirmed?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. manamana

    No really, a new HD Zelda will sell shitloads of WiiUs. No need for CoD or AssCreed. Just this and a couple of other nintendo IPs like Mario, Metroid and Kirby. Shitloads.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku


    As for the topic at hand i think this is pretty believable, the colour style on skysword was sweet and now that will be improved by the hardware, it will be even sweeter, mario galaxy looked gorgeous on the wii, with and old hardware, i cannot imagine this game with this new hardware.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    If they don’t go with the artstyle from the above picture, which is from E3….fuck them, i’m sorry, but fuck them.

    The reception was so incredibly positive after they showed that Zelda at E3 2011, and it’s really really time for a ‘realistic’ looking Zelda…and here goes Ninty…shattering everyone’s dreams. Why did they even make that footage, sigh.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    “It’s a huge investment for them [Nintendo] in money and manpower, this is Rockstar/GTA territory.”
    LOL. Completely impossible.
    Although I am really happy someone still makes large single player games without tacked on multiplayer a la EA.
    Also this source is definitely a ninty employee, probably this leak is sanctioned by ninty itself. Wording just confirms it. Every goddamn line is sugar coated.
    “It has stuff that would never be possible on any other console”
    Has he seen next-gen consoles? Definitely sounds like an employee, most probably a developer.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    There is a lot of hyperbole but the ‘never be possible’ is probably just related to use of the controller. I found the description of the engine as ‘state of the art’ quite funny though :).

    This is the sort of game which should showcase the controller features as a lot of game elements will be designed around it. Pity it may be 2014 until we see it.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    I can not wait. This is why I game on Nintendo. I just don’t excited too often about games anymore. But I am for this one.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Patashnik

    I honestly can’t believe you published this as news.
    Someone says something on NeoGaf, you read it – and then it’s published as actual NEWS?!


    For goodnessake. How about I write you 500 words on the next Zelda that includes nonsense like:

    ‘they will literally take hours to complete’ WOOOOAAAAH! Really?!’HOURS’ you say?! Amazing.

    ‘It’ll be the most innovative game ever, they got stuff that will be copied by others for years!’ Holy CRAP?! Really?! This is journalistic GOLD!

    Standards, people. Standards!
    I’ve read some garbage in my time but this really takes the biscuit…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. xino

    anything from WiiUDaily should not be taken seriously!
    they are the ones coming up with most rumour dates for WIi U Release

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    i want this to be true! it sounds just right. sounds beautiful.
    i love the classic zelda formula but esp. zelda needs some fresh mechanics and gameplay elements to keep it fresh. skyward sword was one of the best games this gen and i love it. it had some cool new features and the artwork was spot on for the wii imho, but after finishing it i felt like i wanted something a bit more fresh for my next zelda experience. seems like nintendo feel the same. they usually have a great timing for innovative changes. they did it with mario galaxy. now with zelda? nintendo are the best in keeping what makes those great games great games and add new stuff to it to make them even better while not changing the classic formula. i don´t get hyped that fast anymore these days. but this is great great news…if true.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Deacon

    It’s sort of a given that all the staple Nintendo IP’s will be on WiiU. Same premise, same characters, but now the games will all have ‘U’ in the title!

    Playing devils advocate a little but how do you think the WiiU’s ‘unique’ features will make a game like Zelda any better? And no, I don’t mean checking your inventory on the tablet controller. Seems to me that all this second screen does is draw your eyes away from the main screen (and immersion).

    2014 definitely seems feasible at this stage.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. polygem

    ^^hmmm, blowing out a torch with the mic, throwing stones at enemies by wiping on the screen. balancing on a rope by balancing the cotroller, solving puzzles by writing on the screen, mark places on the map on the screen, mix your own potions while the main game on the telly is turned off on the tablet alone in a mini game. writing a letter to an ingame charakter on the tablet which has influences on the actual story/ gameplay…what do i know? i am sure that they will come up with some great stuff.
    it´s not same same with those nintendo ip´s. it has never been.
    i thought the same when the wii came out. it was the first nintendo console i didn´t own or at least didn´t play on- (didn´t own all the nintendo consoles, but most of them. the ones i didn´t own my cousin had when i was a kid).
    bought the wii late. 1 and a half years ago or so…man that was a huge mistake. i am glad that i realized it and finally bought that thing. so many great and innovative games. no same same stuff…only looks like it on the surface.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Froseidon

    @12 – I can’t believe you felt the need to comment. It is a news website, this is news. Don’t like it? F*** off. Simples ;)

    #17 2 years ago

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