Recent rumors have suggested that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might, unfortunately, miss its intended timing as a Nintendo Switch launch title and mark yet another release delay for this title. However, GameStop argues that actually, Breath of the Wild might just make it in time.

GameStop provided their latest earnings report today. The report showed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was still a huge part of their January-March marketing focus. In the slide titled “Focus Marketing Calendar,” Breath of the Wild features in 1Q17, GameStop’s January-March fiscal quarter.


The Ghost in the Shell film and Mass Effect: Andromeda are scheduled to release around that time frame. Except for Injustice 2, which still doesn’t have a clear release date in 2017; these are all titles forecasted to more or less launch around March 2017. In spite of possible Mass Effect: Andromeda and Breath of the Wild delays, GameStop seems to be sticking to their intended marketing plan. This suggests that GameStop has faith that Breath of the Wild will launch around its March 2017 time frame.

Make of this announcement what you will. Nintendo never officially stated that the latest Zelda would be a Switch launch title, and only offered an ambiguous March 2017 release window. They have also neither confirmed nor denied the rumor of delays.


The rumors suggest that the localization effort has been unexpectedly difficult. Localization could wrap up as late as December, meaning four to six months of testing the immense game for quality control– and of course, pushing back release until possibly Summer 2017. In place of Breath of the Wild, the next 3D Mario platformer to succeed 3D World, Galaxy, and 64 could possibly launch in March instead.

The recent news from GameStop is a sigh of relief because it suggests retails aren’t expecting delays. However, you may want to take it with a grain of salt. We’ll have to see, but for now, we know Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would launch in March 2017 for the Wii U and Switch.