Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Delay in Europe Explained

"In order to optimise the best possible launch timing for Europe"

We recently shared with you the slightly disappointing news that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker won't be out in Europe until next year.

As the fiendish isometric puzzler appears to still be on course for a Holiday 2014 launch in North America, we reached out to Nintendo UK to enquire why the European release has been delayed. A Nintendo UK representative kindly gave us this statement:

In order to optimise the best possible launch timing for Europe, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, originally announced as coming to Wii U in Winter 2014 is now confirmed to launch in the European market in January 2015.

That suggests this is a strategic decision, and not an issue of localisation for the region, for example. With Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros. and more on the way to Wii U in Europe in the rest of the year we're arguably not going to be short of games; the counter-argument is that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an ideal stocking filler and family-friendly game for the Holiday season. Releasing games in January and February is always a risk as belts tighten after the extravagances of December.

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