Nintendo has delayed Star Fox Zero, the upcoming Wii U exclusive instalment in the storied Star Fox franchise, into 2016. The game received a release date of November 20 less than a month ago, which makes this a particularly unexpected delay. It is now expected to release in the first calendar quarter (January-March) of 2016. Legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto released a statement on the company’s Facebook page explaining the delay.
” I made a big decision last week,” it reads.
“We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.”
“To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.”
“Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.”
This makes the Wii U’s release calendar for the rest of the year seem particularly empty. Nintendo’s struggling home console has lost virtually all support from major publishers, and it’s technological weakness in comparison to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One often makes it unreasonable for developers to port their games to it. The Wii U currently has very few major games scheduled for 2015, mainly Xenoblade Chronicles X, Devil’s Third and Yoshi’s Woolly World. It’s worth noting also that the latter two are already available in PAL regions and Devil’s Third has reviewed terribly.
Nintendo already announced it’s next video game system earlier in the year. Codenamed the NX, it’s existence indicates Nintendo is looking to move on from the desperately unsuccessful Wii U, but it’s a shame that they seem to be dropping support for the platform so quickly, especially considering that for a long time now the only games of note on the platform tend to be published by Nintendo itself.