Originally expected on November 20, 2015, the game has already been moved back once, to next month’s date of April 22, 2016. The rumors on Twitter mostly come from reporters with contacts within Nintendo. The main source of the rumor, user Doctor_Cupcakes, states that the deadline for the decision is on Friday in Japan, which he speculates may mean they will break the news during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct streaming event. As he also points out, if they game isn’t delayed, Nintendo better hurry up with advertising, as Star Zero Fox is out next month and yet has had very little marketing or promotion.
If true, we could hear their decision (whether to delay or release) as early as tomorrow during the Direct.
— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) March 2, 2016
The lack of marketing and Nintendo’s commitment to polished releases would suggest that Star Fox Zero is indeed not ready for its big April debut. Chances are we’ll find out tomorrow during the Nintendo presentation.
As a side note, I know one of the guys who did voice work on the original Star Fox 64 localization team in Redmond back in the 90s. He tells me that they had to redo at least one of the recorded lines due to the system’s audio distortion of the voice samples, which turned Slippy’s “NOOOOO” into a long, drawn out “FUUUUUCK”. Still one of my favorite stories. Let’s hope if the game does get delayed, we at least get an amusing anecdote out of it again. If it doesn’t, expect to see Star Fox Zero on Wii U retail shelves on April 22, 2016.