The highly anticipated Wii U Zelda game won't be out in 2015, series producer Eiji Aonuma revealed today in a development update video.

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See those mountains? You can go there in 2016.

Nintendo also noted on Twitter that the game won't be shown off at this year's E3 in June.

This may come as a surprise to some as Aonuma just said in December that the upcoming Zelda was on track for 2015. So what's the holdup? It turns out that Aonuma and company have been discovering all new gameplay possibilities as they've been designing the first fully open-world Zelda adventure.

"In these last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game," he explained. "As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds even my own expectations."

"We are no longer making our 2015 release our number one priority. Instead, our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game," he added. "I hope to use the added time to make The Legend of Zelda for Wii U into a game that will reward you for your patience."

What do you make of this news, dear readers? It sucks having to wait longer, but one can't help but wonder what sort of tricks Nintendo has up its sleeve for this pioneering entry.

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