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Analysts Predict New  Zelda  Game For 2009
Analysts Predict New Zelda Game For 2009
December 23, 2008 | By David Jenkins

December 23, 2008 | By David Jenkins
More: Console/PC

Lazard Capital Markets' Colin Sebastian has joined his peers in predicting a new Zelda game for the Wii in 2009, although he admits that the suggestion is pure speculation.

Although Nintendo has confirmed that new entries in the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series are underway for the Wii, the company has never given any further details or hints of a release date.

However, many analysts have suggested that a late 2009 release date is likely, including Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter.

Although often only one mainline Zelda game is released per generation of Nintendo home console, unusually, Twilight Princess was a launch title for the Wii and essentially a repurposed GameCube title. This, combined with Nintendo’s confirmation that a new title is underway has led many to assume that a new game is imminent.

In his latest investor note, as passed on by consumer site GameSpot, Colin Sebastian made a list of 22 titles that could help to ensure a 5 percent revenue growth for games in 2009. Most of these were previously announced titles such as Resident Evil 5 and StarCraft II.

However, some titles have not been announced, and Sebastian references a new "Princess Peach adventure". Although he admitted that the release date for the new Zelda game was speculation on his part, Nintendo's never given any hint of a new Princess Peach game.

Sebastian also referenced Grand Theft Auto V in 2010, although he was apparently not referring to a numbered sequel, but the potential for a follow-up using the existing game engine – in the manner of Vice City and San Andreas.

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Taure Anthony
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The one Mario/Zelda a console generation sucks IMO.....also given Nintendo's track record that usually show a glimpse of a Zelda/Mario like a yr or two before it becomes 2009??.....I hope

Nathaniel Smith
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of course its speculation. he has no idea, if or when the next console zelda will release more than I do or anyone else. ah analysts, gotta love em.

Russell Carroll
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I'd be shocked to see Zelda this next year on the Wii, 2010 is the earliest...unless we are talking about something like Four Swords (which would be an excellent game to bring back with DS connectivity instead of about it?)

Jason Seabaugh
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Don't forget Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Both N64 titles. I know that's going way back, but there is precedent for a realease like this. Plus, Twilight Princess was the best Wii game yet... why not follow it up?

Brice Morrison
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Nintendo has already released a follow up to Twlight Princess. It was called Link's Crossbow Training, and it sold no less than half the number of copies of TP despite being such a small game.

Sean Parton
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I agree with Nathanial, this is a joke. This Colin Sebastian guy is completely talking out of his ass.

While we're at it, I predict that we'll likely see a new Pokemon console game in the Pokemon Rangers subseries (they did multiple Pokemon console games on the 'Cube, with the latter having a more fleshed out story gameplay, so why not follow suit?), and Nintendo will announce Wii's successor in mid next year for a mid 2010 launch.

See how easy that was?

Alan Rimkeit
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Gee, do we get to save the Princess again? Is Ganon the villain again? They need a new formula. It is just a tad old.

Russell Carroll
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I agree Alan! It is!

Almost as old as saving the planet from aliens and WW2.

Chris Melby
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Seeing a comment like Alans under a Zelda article -- because there's always at least one -- is getting a tad old.

Speaking of old, Zelda is an old friend. Sure, if you strip away what makes the game fun and look at just its fundamentals, it's nothing new, but the same can be said about practically any game.

Tawna Evans
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The next Zelda game should be about the princess rescuing Link! lol!

Jamie Roberts
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Tawna, just the fact that the idea makes people laugh is proof it needs to happen. I'm kind of sick of helpless princesses. Speaking of which, if there really is going to be another Princess Peach game--which I hope there will be--then how about a little more challenge this time? Please? Super Princess Peach was more like "baby's first platformer".

Oh, and Chris, the "save the princess" meme is far older than people bitching about it on forums. Better get used to it, I don't think it's going away until the stereotype isn't so blatantly over-used. It's a vital part of videogame history, and I still have a place in my heart for it, but at this point it's trite and outdated. Kind of like visiting grandpa and hearing him complain about women wearing pants.

Going back to the original article: I would be really surprised if a new Zelda came out this year that wasn't some kind of spin-off. The way Nintendo works on its "true" sequels, it'll probably get delayed and end up being retooled for the next Nintendo console.

joseph morgan
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Come on, don't dis LoZ games and plus Twilight Princess technically was not for Wii. It was Gamecube's first big release. They only put it on Wii because how close it's release was to Twilight Princess. The only other LoZ games on the Gamecube were previously on the N64, so ya, I expect a Legend of Zelda game release this year.

joseph morgan
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Scratch that, Gamecube had Windwaker, but come on guys don't you see it. Wii may have had Twilight Princess before gamecube, but it still is a copy from gamecube; just like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask was for N64. My bad if I mispelled Majora, I didn't really care for that game.