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Twilight Release Date (Non-ASSA Version)

February 19th, 2006 at 3:49 am by The Missing Link

Gosh, what a tough act to follow. Thanks Darth. :P

Hyrule.net is posting that the Regginator himself has finally gone on record and delayed Twilight Princess into fall according to a Spike TV interview. I went to the Spike TV website, trying to corroborate this, but I haven’t found it. However, before anyone starts throwing tomatoes at the messenger (in other words, me) for posting rumours, let me explain why I think this is no rumour.

Most of the Yanks out there will understand my analogy, but for those of you elsewhere who believe that “football” is a game where you actually kick a ball with your foot, I’m talking about American football. (Yes, I know the Americans are weird. C’est la vie.) There’s a concept in football called “the red zone”; this is defined as the last 20 yards of the field a team has before the other team scores a touchdown. They call it the “red zone” because it’s a danger flag for the team that they’re facing a do-or-die situation, and since red is associated to warning or danger, it’s not so difficult to figure out.

I use the Red Zone in release dates to describe the danger zone for announcing release dates. If a final release date has not yet been announced… and the intended release date (from the company’s perspective) is within the Red Zone, there is a huge danger that they will not make the intended release. Empirically, these seems to be around a three month period of time. So, that means that, if Nintendo were magically to give us a release date today, that would be that the earliest likely date that Twilight could be released would be the 19th of May.

However, my hunch is that Nintendo is going to springboard Zelda off at E3. This seems logical because it’ll be a good chance for them to rebuild the hype that’s been surrounding the game. In fact, I expect them to announce their release date at E3. As such, you’ve got to look at the Red Zone as of early May, which puts us all the way back to August at earliest. That’s just a stone’s throw from Q4 for the year, which puts a fall release as highly likely.

Now I know this will disappoint many of you, and I can see people finding nice fresh produce to throw at TML for this, but I’m not going to kid you and sugarcoat things, and I’m not going to say that you should feel absolutely great because of this. I do believe that this involves a corporate strategy for Nintendo, and whether or not you believe the rumours or not, having Twilight launch late in the year, supposedly near when the Revolution will launch, will be a huge deal because that will sell Revolutions, as if Zelda were a virtual launch title for the Revolution.

However, since I know I haven’t brought smiles to your faces yet, I’ll make you a deal. If anyone still believes so strongly in the April release date for Twilight Princess, pick a day of the month, from the 1st to the 30th, and post it in the comments section. If it turns out that the day you picked is indeed is the release date, I will post an update to the ‘Blog saying that so-and-so told me so, that TML is stupid, and that so-and-so is the smartest person ever.

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16 Messages from the Gossip Stones about “Twilight Release Date (Non-ASSA Version)”

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    i wish nintendo would just hurry up and realease TP already

    Grrness. Nintendo needs new marketing strategies. Seriously. This is pathetic.

    Just because I’d like to see that: april 19 (my bday ^_^)
    but yeah, it sucks

    But we’ve known it for a longer time, Nintendo has it’s own kind of logic and it works for them, so let’s have good hope and look forward to a game that will still shake the gaming world to it’s very foundations.

    at least we will get it sometime, ever earlier or later lets just hope its earlier =)

    I don’t have an April Bday, but it’d be interesting if TP was released on my Bday (July 8) . Same reason Mighty Dekunut would like to see it released on his/her Bday.

    At this point I just want Nintendo to release TP as soon as they can.

    STUPID SMILIE!! BTW I tried to say July 8

    I hope I don’t break my DS from how much I’m gonna be playing it this year.

    Whatcube? Revowhozit? Get off my porch, kids, or I’ll wack stylus.

    I won’t mind the delay… the only thing I would really like to know is THE RELEASE DATE!!! XD!

    You would have to be smiking deku weed not to see this coming and I saw the interview yesterday so im proof

    GGGGGrrrrrrRRRRRR, *clears throat* People, people, lets not throw produce at TML, let go to the Great Sea, and collect boko sticks AND CHASE REGGIE OFF THE PLANET!!!Did I say that out loud, what I meant to say is…I like milk :D *picks up a Boko stick* WHO’S WITH ME?!?
    Navi: He’s lost it folks.

    You can’t blame reggie he has done nothing wrong there gust trying to make the game better you need to relize that

    nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!….. AAARRGG!!! Like, I am GOING TO SUE NINTENDO IF THIS GOES ON!! lemme guess, TML, mabey… May first? Thats what I want it to be… anytime befire or during summer is great for me, then I can play it twenty four hours a day. Whereas in school , I can only play nintendo on the weekends… that really sucks….

    WOW chill guys I know just as well as all of you how annoying Nintendo can be woth release dates (even the famous British patience has its limits, rofl) but in the end I 100% believe that it will be worth the whait, it can only be a good thing. Yes I understand we all want it now but just remember the Guiness Beer advert, “Good things come to those who whait” XP.

    shadowknight said:

    nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!….. AAARRGG!!! Like, I am GOING TO SUE NINTENDO IF THIS GOES ON!! lemme guess, TML, mabey… May first? Thats what I want it to be… anytime befire or during summer is great for me, then I can play it twenty four hours a day. Whereas in school , I can only play nintendo on the weekends… that really sucks….

    The first of May is just about as improbable as any date in April. Why? Because it’s just before E³, and you’d be a fool to release anything before when you could have so much hype built up from the E³ hoopla.

    No. NOOOOOOOOO!

    I’m going to lock this one up since Archaic Sage has double-checked the facts for me. Please post your comments on the new post.