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Nintendo posted the following message from Miyamoto on Facebook:
I made a big decision last week.
We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.
To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.
Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.
While this is disappointing news, I am not surprised. The game had a short development cycle, so taking some time to polish it up a bit more can only be beneficial. Hopefully a little more polish will be put on the visuals as well.
We were all looking forward to the game, but hey, we've waited 9 years for a new game, what's a few more months?
The Nintendo Digital Event starts in just over 2 hours from posting time. It is almost certain that we will be getting news on Star Fox, given that the game is still slated for this year.
I think it is important to remember that what we saw last year was part of a proof-of-concept build. I'm certain that what we will see today will be vastly different. I think we should all remember that. The mechanics presented in that demo are probably the only things to stay. I'm hopeful we'll get a name and some small story details, but we'll see. There really isn't much more I can say about Star Fox, given that we don't know anything. Once things have been revealed, I will be able to provide an opinion with more substance.
Another game to look forward to is Super Mario Maker. What seemed to be a dinky little level maker turns out to be a full-fleged Mario level creation experience capable of doing things that even the Super Mario World ROM hackers can only dream of. I'm really looking forward to this game now, especially after seeing the levels made for the Nintendo World Championships.
I'm not going to make any predictions about new game announcements at this point. Others have done that. But, an interesting tweet from Retro Studios implies that we may finally learn what they are working on.
I recommend SF-O members watch the stream (you can here: http://www.twitch.tv/nintendo ). I will make a post about the Star Fox game, but it probably won't happen until after the event.