Rumors emerging today suggest that the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been cancelled. According to Japanese website Kujo, Breath of the Wild’s development on [what will be] Nintendo’s previous home console has been cancelled due to what’s been dubbed “technical limitations” on the Wii U, instead focusing entirely on development for the Switch. If true, this will be a huge blow to fans resisting the urge to fork out a greater amount of money for a game originally announced in 2013 and one of the few (if not the only) remaining games scheduled for release on the Wii U.
It was only earlier this month during The Game Awards in a gameplay segment that Nintendo stated once again that Breath of the Wild would be coming to both Wii U and Switch and while this can be seen as an obvious business decision to help shift more Switch units — even if this will mean a Zelda game not coming to one of Nintendo’s home consoles, the first time in the series’ history — it’s still disappointing news for Wii U owners if confirmed true. Nintendo haven’t made any official announcement thus far; the game is still listed as a Wii U title on their own US website, but this rumor comes only days after developer Playtonic confirmed the cancellation of Yooka-Laylee for the Wii U as well.