Rumor: Zelda: Breath of the Wild a Switch Launch Title in the Americas and Japan; EU Unknown

In a new report by Eurogamer, we’ve learned that while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Japan, this may not be the case for European countries.

According to Eurogamer, they had originally heard from their sources that Breath of the Wild was complete, but needed more time for polishing and localization in Europe.

This extra time would have caused it to miss the Nintendo Switch’s March launch. However, at the end of last year, Nintendo of America and NCL (Nintendo of Japan) had decided to release the game at launch, with Nintendo of Europe still wishing for more time for localization and QA testing.

While it may certainly be possibly that Nintendo is trying their hardest to get the localizations ready for European markets, another possibility is for localization to non-English languages to come after launch through patches. If neither of these options are viable, then Europe will be facing a delay for the open world adventure game.

If Nintendo of Europe does decide to delay Breath of the Wild for the region, we should find out next week during Nintendo’s press conference for the upcoming Nintendo Switch.


Matthew Sigler


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