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.



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  1. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 6, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Im 50% sold as a day one buyer, now I just need to see the console’s price

  2. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 6, 2017 at 12:25 am

    That’d be quite the blunder. I understand that they may need time to localise for each language, but this is possibly THE most important release of the Switch’s launch, you’d think they’d find a way to get it done in time (like get additional help from another company?) so European players don’t feel jealous over having to wait even longer than everyone else. English speakers better hope for no region lock if this is true.

  3. bigbear514
    January 6, 2017 at 2:03 am

    I’m curious, what would be your desired price?

  4. -blank-
    January 6, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Glad to see Nintendo do a 180 on the delay. Learn from history, people. Not having a Sonic game at launch killed the Saturn. Or for a more recent example, the god damned Wii U.

    Third-Party support and actual games to buy at launch? If it’s not a pain in the dick to play with the Switch will be 3/3 better than Wii U

  5. catazxy
    January 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

    If could vary from country to country, but its ~300$ (312 to be exact) in my local shop, now.

  6. catazxy
    January 6, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Perhaps a language “patch” at a later date could do the job, why would I import from the UK since I need only the eng version?

  7. totenglocke
    January 6, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Europeans are too busy being conquered right now to have time to play games.

  8. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

    around $300 something

  9. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Over here in Canada im assuming its going be around a little over $300, but that wont be a problem since March is when I get a huge tax refund check.

  10. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    January 6, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Sucks for Europe, but if this is true, it’ll be nice having BOTW at launch. At least they’ll have one must-buy game at launch.

  11. Mr0303
    January 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Given that Europe is a historically weak territory for Nintendo this will be a huge mistake. It will cripple the launch sales here and reduce consumer trust. The latter is something Nintendo can’t really afford after the Wii U.

  12. totenglocke
    January 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    So $250 or less in real dollars? ☺️

  13. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 6, 2017 at 10:35 am

    if thats the US price then yup

  14. Obbliglol
    January 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    If the Switch turns out to be region locked with no strong titles on release, the Switch won’t do well here. I’ve personally had enough of Nintendo outright shitting on PAL territories – like I’ve said before, if friggin’ Drakengard 3 (a game made out of gum and sticky tape) can get a goddamn worldwide release – then why couldn’t Pokemon S/M?

    Don’t even get me started on the fact that the UK and Australia are lumped in with this.

  15. Makoto
    January 7, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Personally i’m fine with delays, there’s so many games comming out in march (Nier, NiOh, Horizon..) i’ll just get it on Wii U anyway and I don’t care about the Switch at all unless it has interesting games like a new Xenoblade or The Last story to show.

    But Nintendo should really make more effort on EU territories (that’s also true for US even if their base is stronger) because Switch was primarily designed for Japan, this concept is so weak for Europe that is primarily a PC gaming market (or “play at home” market if you prefer), people never take a game console on the go aside kids with their parents, their video annoucement (rooftop switch parties !) few months ago was sooo wrong… only die hard Nintendo fans will buy it if they don’t show that their platform is worth buying.