Nintendo 3DS release will not feature Zelda until post E3

Mario and Zelda to be benched during 3DS launch period

Nintendo to delay release of stalwarts Mario and Zelda until after 3DS launch period

The latest incarnation of the Zelda gaming franchise, bound for the Nintendo 3DS, will not be made available on the portable 3D games console until after E3, it has been announced.

With the Nintendo 3DS set to touch down on UK soil on March 25th with prices around the £230 mark and 25 titles confirmed to be made available by June, Zelda fans will be forced to wait until after that timeframe for the franchise’s first 3D offering.

Urging eager gamers to be patient Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime announced: “Mario, Zelda, all of those titles are coming.” He added: “From our perspective, we like to launch titles when they’re ready. And so they’ll be ready, they’ll be ready soon. Just not in that initial time period of late March to early June. After E3.”

With the 2011 E3 Expo not due to take place in the Los Angeles Convention Centre until June 7th, culminating later the same week, Fils-Aime was keen to reassure potential 3DS early adopters that the range of launch titles will satisfy all gaming types. He announced: “I would say ‘Super Street Fighter 4’, I would say ‘Dead or Alive’, I would say ‘Madden’ and I would say, yes, the three first-party launch games that we have, as well.”

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Via: MTV