Nintendo fiscal year 2015 press release - Zelda Wii U only playable game at E3 2016

27th April, 2016 – Nintendo announced a variety of updates during the earnings announcement for its full fiscal year, ended March 31st. These updates included the first information about Nintendo’s next video game system, code-named NX.

“As we report the results of the last fiscal year, we also look forward to an exciting period ahead with further growth in our mobile business, new products for our dedicated video game systems and continued progress in our efforts to increase the number of consumers experiencing our IP through games, licensing and expanded entertainment,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima.

For a complete overview of Nintendo’s financial announcements, as well as changes to Nintendo’s governance system, please visit Nintendo’s Investor Relations website at https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en. Announcement highlights include:

Miitomo: Nintendo’s first app for smartphones and tablets has already crossed 10 million unique users worldwide. The free-to-start* social experience app launched in Japan on 17th March and in a variety of other countries, including the United Kingdom, on 31st March. Along with these outstanding user numbers, Nintendo also has, to date, sparked more than 300 million conversations in Miitomo. In addition, users can insert their Mii characters into photos to create unique “Miifotos” that can be shared through various social media. As of now, more than 20 million of these Miifotos have been created. To celebrate Miitomo reaching 10 million users, Nintendo will run a special 10-day “Celebrating 10 Million Users!” promotion between 29th April and 8th May.

Nintendo’s Next Mobile Apps: Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this autumn. As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game. Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.
NX: Nintendo previously announced that it would release more information about its next system, code-named NX, this year. As the first announcement of any NX information, Nintendo confirmed that NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017. NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year.

The Legend of Zelda: 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. Because the 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.

E3: Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. 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.


Top Rated Comment
Wed Apr 27 16 04:18am
Rating: 4

Oh I get it.

So first you blueball people on zelda so hard they just give up and stop caring, then you get people thinking youre about to blow minds at e3 with the nx and all the new games for it, only to reveal that the only thing youre going to show or demo is infact, the game everyone stopped caring about because you couldnt just let them see it.

Do they want to be failures? why even bother showing up to e3?

Like, they can't honestly expect Zelda to carry them the whole way.

I know they say no NX, but if you think about it, if ti's called something else, "No NX" is true still?

They have to name it and show off some games, right?

Wed Apr 27 16 04:07am
Rating: 2

Nintendo - finding new ways to fuck up what should be simple since 1998!

It's still true.

Because NX is the codename, as they stated, that means pretty much solidly no games, no hardware, no nothing.

Even if the name is "Different" It's still from that project.

With 4.5 & 1.5 around the corner, Nin is thinking why show NX when some of the idea will get stolen for the others to add in when they get released this year. A smart move on their part for that I say fuck this E3. Go strong next year ect. At least I will have time to finish my backlog of games for both 3ds & Wii U now.

Sorry but that's not how the industry works. Sony and MS likely already know from their own inside sources what NX is. They don't need Nintendo to announce it to catch up with its news, what do you think they are, regular gamers that get their info from IGN? Come on...

Inside sources from non trusted 3rd party employees that's for sure. & no not IGN, try N4G.com

Whatever you say *rolls eyes*

What?!...Hey can't we all just get along?...lol!

"Only playable"

So we're getting NX games too then? They just won't be playable.

"it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. "

Or is it because there's no Wii U games coming out..........

Nope. No NX at E3. Think it's just been confirmed to get it's own blowout event this year.

*spit take*

I'm also baffled I cannot longer follow their game strategy. Do they hope mobile to carry them this year? Cartoons? Movies? Indies?

I mean if they were just them are they really pushing me to get another hobby? (Though the others initiatives also are making this less of a stress reliever and more of a big nuisance).

Sigh sigh sigh.

Umm, Paper Mario?

Must be a translation error aka Zelda Wii U version only at E3, of course.

Zelda "will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show". It says it right there on the press release.

No other Wii U games, no NX games, nothing else. Not even their goddamn mobile games, ha.

Ho ho ho, what?! This is crazy.

I mean, I kind of like this? I appreciate that they're at least aware of the fact that they don't have much more to show off, at least by Wii U standards. It also sounds like there will be plenty of stations for the game, which is good, because the lines at E3 can get crazy. Honestly, though… Feels like it's going to be a bit of a downer this year. Hope to be proven wrong.

Then... Why go to E3?

Zelda Wii U isn't enough to carry a show?

Zelda WOULD be more than enough....IF it were still coming to Wii U in 2016. The fact that it's not, makes them showing it at E3 seem rather ridiculous.

"Here guys, go ahead and get hyped for a game you won't actually get til almost a year from now!"

I honestly hope, in the interest of full honesty, that they have a wall of 2016 Wii U titles, that is mostly blank screens, with one little Paper Mario display off in a corner somewhere.

It would be enough about 15 years ago but not anymore. Zelda is nowhere near as big as it used to be. I mean if they do have that much faith in it, fair enough but I think they might be overestimating their own game. I hope I'm wrong and it's the best game ever though, in that case it would be worth all this bullshit.

I don't think is any estimation it's the best thing they have. I think they're also aware of the backlash of Federation Force and Color Splash. This is just the well for their current hardware just getting empty.

Or like the end of a Genocide Run in Undertale, sad, creepy and uncomforting.

Then go for all the sexy cosplay then.

I am shocked by this. Wow!

OMG Nintendo is losing their minds! This is crazy crazy stupid. Not even a stupid person could come up with how ridiculous the information is that is coming out of this briefing!!!!

Well at least they said all this before the show so no one's surprised by what's not there. Definitely a low key year. Granted I'm not expecting much from the Sony and Microsoft camps so I guess E3 as a whole will be one where I keep the hype dial down this time.

My main issue is that last year was also an EXTREMELY low key year and I was expecting them to go all out this year. It's better than they are announcing this prior to E3 so that fans won't be completely and utterly wrecked by their lackluster showing, but at the same time this killed all the hype I had for this E3. I only really care about Nintendo at E3 at least for the most part and now I feel let down before the thing even starts.

Pretty much with all the leaks killed it for them this E3. So there won't be any surprises at best. I bet if the NX leaks weren't that huge & no 4.5 or 1.5, I'd say we would have seen NX this E3.

Guess RMC will have much, MUCH more time to play other things at E3.

But wow this is just, I need to go to sleep for work but now I can't because of these demoralizing bits of news!

Wed Apr 27 16 04:27am
Rating: 1

If I'm not mistaken, RMC has stopped going to E3 for a while now (I believe since Nintendo Digital Events started popping up). Can't blame him, especially this year...

Honestly I'd say the news is more shocking in a "I really don't know how I feel about this" sort of way. On one hand yes I'm pretty shocked that Nintendo's E3 2016 is going to be pretty low key, but on the other part of me is saying "well at least we learned this now rather than during E3 itself." You think this news is shocking now, imagine if one day before E3 we suddenly heard "oh by the way we're showing off the NX later in the year."

At the very least, I know that if I can't afford to get an NX when it comes I can still get the new Zelda on my Wii U.

Wed Apr 27 16 04:18am
Rating: 4

Oh I get it.

So first you blueball people on zelda so hard they just give up and stop caring, then you get people thinking youre about to blow minds at e3 with the nx and all the new games for it, only to reveal that the only thing youre going to show or demo is infact, the game everyone stopped caring about because you couldnt just let them see it.

If they show off Ninja Gaiden 4 on the Wii U or on a trailer video then I'll be a happy camper!

Wed Apr 27 16 04:19am
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

This is by far the worst way to usher out the Wii U and usher in a new system. Nintendo is already falling on their face out the gate with NX.

I think what's left of Nintendo might as well be buried with Iwata at this point, sorry to say. Who cares about Zelda Wii U if it's just going to be an NX game anyway?

Honestly, they needed Zelda to be on Wii U in 2016 in a big way.

Right now, I really feel like, why even have it on Wii U anymore at all then? The idea of them moving it completely to NX pisses me the hell off, as a long time Wii U owner who has been specifically WAITING for Zelda.

But on the other hand? Them still putting it out for Wii U while making it an NX launch title, and making us all wait that much longer for it, meanwhile nothing of any real worth is coming for Wii U? Feels like a total slap in the face. Wii U has been one "okay" or "meh" or "could have been great except for ______" release after another, to be honest. And now this? The system, as much as I've enjoyed it over the years....officially feels like a total failure.

Wed Apr 27 16 05:22am
Rating: 1

Yeah I completely agree with you.

Here's my cold assessment of what their logic is though:

Wii U was basically dead as of the end of 2013, but they couldn't replace it too fast. Zelda U still needed work so it was delayed until this year. NX obviously isn't ready for 2016 so it's been delayed until 2017. Zelda U could be released this year on a dying platform, but why release a key piece of software for a failed system exclusively when Nintendo's whole philosophy is that software sells hardware..

So piss off more casual fans that will buy a Wii U for Zelda only to release the NX next year with a new Zelda at launch and 'confuse everyone' (yes the general public is easily confused as evidence by their confusion about Wii U) or piss off their core audience that is likely to crawl back to them at the sight of a real Metroid game for NX or Mario or whatever and also launch NX with a big piece of software.

It's not that different from what they did with Twillight Princess, only the Wii was long hyped and releasing alongside other next-gen hardware, this just feels like Nintendo is trying to get back in the game after completely failing with NX and reeks of desperation rather than a natural shift to new hardware.

Zelda U/NX better be the best thing since sliced bread then, otherwise this E3 is going to be tragic.

This has to be the scariest time to be a Nintendo fan, because we're just so used to being able to expect hype or disappointment so immediately... But THIS is a whole other level.

I'm honestly excited, because there's absolutely no way Nintendo would be this bold without there being SOME payoff at the end of it all. Well, that's what I'm hoping for, anyways...

I honestly think they should just go 3rd party at this point, they have been nothing but a disappointment the last few years and their console business is holding them back. I hope I'm wrong and NX is the best console of all time, but something is telling me it's going to be their last one.

This has to be the scariest time to be a Nintendo executive


Wed Apr 27 16 04:35am
Rating: 2

-> The focus has been on NX -> NX is not ready for E3 -> no other things to show at E3, because the focus has been on NX -> it's not required for Nintendo to make big things happen at every single E3 -> Nintendo not selling many new games for this year doesn't mean NX can't be successful, if it's something new and surprising like Wii ja DS, it will sell

Wed Apr 27 16 04:40am
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Come on Nintendo, you can show some NX teasers without showing the console if you want to be so secretive about it. Instead you are creating another disappointing E3...

When are you going to create the buzz about the NX that is also launching outside of the holiday season and needs all the marketing it can get, at a Nintendo direct? Surely you want more than just dedicated Nintendo fans to hear about it...

I bet they are not even going to show the NX version of Zelda at all, why would they want jaws to drop? That would create buzz and Nintendo seems to hate it lately.

At the end of the day, Nintendo's job is to (eventually) provide good games, not good E3's. Nintendo's development teams aren't taking a year off, and that means a possibly very big light at the end of the tunnel. This, like everything else, is only for now.

I just can't see how missing the huge event of E3 to show their next console can be a good thing. I feel like they are doing it because Wii U owners would be too disappointed with their console being essentially dead on arrival, on life support for a couple years and then killed at E3 2016, but I think most Wii U owners have moved on by now. I don't know what to think, I really hope Nintendo knows what they are doing but recent history is showing that they don't.

In fairness, Sony demonstrated last year that having playable games is not some sort of prerequisite for having a memorable E3.

Just imagine getting a bunch of two-minute abstract vacuous gameplay-less teasers ending with the reveal that your favorite neglected Nintendo franchises are getting an HD entry on the NX


I mean, people Do Realize, that they Did say that there would be more info on just What they are going to bring to E3 Soon(before E3), Right?

Could be the only Playable Demo at E3, that doesn't mean that that's it. What about an EB3 Eshop Launch/Reveal?(For all we know, they meant to say that ZeldaU would be the only playable Demo Game at E3, for the WiiU.)

What about Game Previews of Upcoming Launch Title NX games?
If they had like, nearly a dozen hype filled titles shown, would that not be enough?

Wed Apr 27 16 10:08am
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If I'm getting nothing but fluffy pre-rendered presentations of "The Future/The True Next-Gen Experience", remakes/reboots of overhyped-as-hell titles of the past and idea-stagnation sequels from ALL the parties at E3, I'll be donating my kidneys to the nearest hospital and turning myself into a punching bag for Sylvester Stallone to chew in his next Rocky-related movie.

Playable or not doesn't matter all that much, especially since most people don't ever get to play the games anyway, but not showing off NX at all is a bit too much for me to accept. I wanted to see the NX because it's my last hope for Nintendo and I thought they would go all out this E3, potentially on stage as well. Dunno, I just feel they don't have a whole lot of time to demonstrate it after E3 if they want to release it next March, there are no E3-scale alternatives out there. Unless SpaceWorld makes a return...

I really hope "only playable title at e3" doesn't mean "it's the only thing we're going to discuss/show off at all." And if they're not going to talk about the NX, what else could they possibly show?

This is just really weird.

It's strange. Because if they HAD any other Wii U games for this year then they would likely be playable. Unless somehow there's early 2017 Wii U games coming that aren't playable yet but I doubt that.

I'm betting they planned to show off NX then, but something happened (either the console wasn't ready or not enough games or both) that they decided to cut the NX stuff for a proper unveiling. And at least the games part of that is confirmed by Nintendo. And because they didn't plan on showing Wii U stuff, they didn't make anything for E3, and now they're stuck with nothing. Really for Wii U all they have is Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Paper Mario. Kinda surprised there's no Paper Mario demo but maybe they didn't think it was necessary because they're launching it soon (July/August)?

Kinda surprised they didn't have a bunch of 3DS game demos prepped for E3 though. Kirby, Federation Force, Rhythm Heaven, plenty of JRPGs (though that's out of their hand).

What is the point of even showing Zelda Wii u when the nx version will be better? I don't question Nintendo a lot but this is just horrible. They can't end the Wii u like this but I suppose that is it.

I bet the trailers will be the NX version (or upscaled at the very least) but the playable game on the showfloor will be the Wii U one. At least I hope so, because otherwise they are shooting themselves on the foot.

So they're not even gonna show off playable 3DS titles? This is ridiculous. Only having one playable game at E3? A game that just got delayed until 2017? This is wild. 😂 Nintendo's NX reveal and launch line up better be incredible in order for them to recover from this Wii U disaster.

Miyamoto probably thinks that Zelda is enough to carry Nintendo for all of E3. This has his stink all over it.

Wed Apr 27 16 06:36am
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

Yes, it's all Miyamoto's fault, it's not like Nintendo has a CEO or anything *rolls eyes*

There will be more games then Zelda present there. Its that they won't be playable thats all.

Seems like Nintendo is continuing the trend of not showing new games (and NX) because they believe they might jeopardize the sales of their newest offerings. Not a fan of this approach, it just kills any hype for me.

How is it possible that this years E3 looks to be even worse than last years E3 which was already really bad. They should have just skipped E3 altogether in that case if they only have new zelda clips to show and said they were prepping for NX or something. This years E3 should have been the place to reveal the NX and all the launch titles. Even if it comes out in 2017 at least people have something to be excited about.

It won't be worse, at least we have Zelda, Paper Mario and Pokemon this year, while last year the biggest game was Starfox. Last year was their worst E3 ever, including the Wii Music crap, even if they only had Zelda and nothing else I bet it would still be better this year.

Lets be honest, the main thing that Killed their E3 show last year, was Federation Farce/Blast Ball.
They had NWT, Earthbound Beginnings launch, Amiibo Lineup/Release dates, and Mario Maker Reveal I think.

The Bad taste that stayed in everyone mouth that soured their experience for them for the rest of the showing was Federation Farce. IF it wasn't for that, maybe people would remember it differently, on a good note.

And to add, It wouldn't even have been That bad either, but they just HAD to use that Horrid Hunters HUD and Chibi Style Federation Troops. 2 bad decisions that actually go worse together, and the "cherry" being that it had the Metroid Name slapped to it.


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