The Legend Of Zelda Wii U: Steady Drop in the Series’ Popularity, Trailer Cancelled To Avoid Disappointment, And More

By the looks of it, it seems like that the old world games from Nintendo are losing out in popularity when it comes to games like Final Fantasy XV and Fire Emblem. A recent poll conducted in Japan revealed this change in dynamics in the gaming world.

Famitsu, a Japanese magazine dedicated to gaming news informed Design & Trend that according to recent polls and statistics, the classics like The Legend of Zelda are waning out in popularity as compared to the other new gaming franchises.

Famitsu conducted a poll to try to understand what the gamers thought or how much anticipation there is about the games that are yet to be released and surprisingly Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda Wii U figured very low in the list of games the gamers were excited about.

The statistic is an eye-opener of sorts because Nintendo has been doing exceptionally well in Japan and especially The Legend of Zelda that had gather a lot of popularity in the last two decades.

Nintendo’s loss is Square Enix’s gain and the game developers have been riding high on their success. Final Fantasy XV in spite of being announced way back in 2006 is surprisingly more popular than The Legend of Zelda Wii U.

Nintendo decided to cancel the screening of The Legend of Zelda Wii U footage at the E3 in order to avoid disappointing the fans. The footage of the game has some stunning visuals and with the release date of the game unknown, fans are bound to be let down.

Nintendo had initially announced a 2015 release for The Legend of Zelda, but Nintendo President (USA) Reggie Fils-Aime said that the decision to remove The Legend of Zelda from E3 was a last minute decision as the release will not happen in 2015.

Felis informed GameSpot that the developers felt that there are further scopes of development in the game and hence the release date for 2015 has been pushed back. This news would anyway disappoint the fans and the spectacular trailer would only heighten their disappointment and it was for this reason that the company consciously tried to cancel the showing.

Nintendo is confident that there will be numerous occasions in the future when the trailer for The Legend of Zelda Wii U can be shown to the fans.

3 thoughts on “The Legend Of Zelda Wii U: Steady Drop in the Series’ Popularity, Trailer Cancelled To Avoid Disappointment, And More”

  1. The Legend of Zelda is less popular in Japan than Final Fantasy… No surprise there; Zelda and Metroid have always done better internationally than in Japan. This would be more interesting if it cited global numbers and not just those in Japan.

  2. I’m quite surprised that, they cancelled the legend of zelda trailer. Also I really can’t believe that Zelda’s popularity is receding, because I still love and it and so does a lot of the gaming community.

  3. Nintendo’s press conference was disappointing anyway, so not showing the trailer was dumb. This also doesn’t make sense, they announced a while ago they were not showing the trailer because they were focusing on games being released this year and early next year. E3 is also a western event – focusing on how unpopular LoZ, which it’s always been, because Japan may have been upset is a poor decision. Furthermore, what’s ironic is SE didn’t even show FF15 at their press conference, and had the worst press conference at E3 just like usual.

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