Old-school Nintendo fans and new gaming freaks alike can't wait to find out more about the Zelda Wii U release date. Unfortunately, Nintendo hasn't given the public too many details on when we can expect the latest installment in the iconic franchise, but educated guessing puts the Zelda Wii U release date on the calendar for 2014. Series creator and gaming guru Shigeru Miyamoto told Time Magazine that the Zelda Wii U project is about doing it right, not doing it quickly.

"If you look back at the launch of Wii, we were able to prepare a game like Wii Sports, which at the time was clearly a new game, and launch that alongside a Zelda game. With the Wii U, we took a similar approach by launching Nintendo Land as well as a Mario game - though we're working on Zelda for Wii U, that's going to take us a little bit longer," he said in the interview.

Fans won't mind waiting, provided that the game lives up to the insanely high expectations we have for the title. A September article from Wii U Daily detailed some gameplay and design elements for the Zelda Wii U project, citing an inside source at Nintendo who broke stories like achievements on the Wii U and the Miiverse social network. I detailed a lot of the elements contained in that story in a previous article, but the gist of it is that Zelda Wii U is shaping up to the biggest, most ambitious Zelda title in the history of the franchise.

It just might not have Link.


Well, not exactly. But the latest Zelda Wii U leak, detailed in the Swedish gaming magazine "Level 82," talks about the possibility of changing Link's race. Players would be able to choose between four different races, each one with its own abilities and each one offering different outcomes in the game's many dungeons. The Zelda Wii U leak was revealed on Reddit by user Jejmaze. Gameranx picked up the story, and in addition to the racial diversity Link may or may not have, the site revealed an interesting quote within the magazine:

"I search my pocket for the compass. The item that previously had a pretty much useless function has become my best friend. I wouldn't survive a day without it in this enormous unforgiving world."

While the possibility of playing Link as a race other than Hylian is almost so strange it has to be false, the idea that the compass becomes an indispensable tool in a Zelda Wii U title that will feature dungeons that are "bigger than the Hyrule field in Ocarina" has a ring of truth to it.

According to a different post on Reddit the Zelda Wii U article in "Level 82" isn't about leaked info at all. Some are arguing that the issue is just about what the Zelda Wii U game could be about, and is meant to be more of a speculative piece than an actual report.

The problem is that the story is in Swedish, so most English-speaking Zelda fans can't decipher what the article is really about. But Reddit user SandSlinky claims a Swedish Zelda fan posted on a related thread and called the report bogus.

"Im from Sweden and I actually bought this magazine a couple of weeks ago. The magazine features four different texts from fore different authors, each one beeing their own wishes as to what they themselves would like to see in the 'optimal zelda game,'" writes the Reddit user.

Regardless of whether or not the "Level 82" report is full of secrets or just speculation, fans should expect the unexpected from the upcoming Zelda Wii U game. Executive producer Eiji Aonuma spoke during a Nintendo Direct web cast in January, and he said the next Zelda game will be about trying to change what players expect to get at the core of the franchise.

"Our mission for developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda. I'm referring to things such as making the player complete dungeons in a certain order. That you are supposed to play by yourself. We want to set aside these 'conventions,' get back to basics to create a newborn Zelda so players today can enjoy the real essence of the franchise," Aonuma said.