It's freezing outside and currently some rumors about the potential release date of Breath of the Wild try to bring the sun a little closer. By three months.
Last year a potential June release for the game was in question and I was actually quite happy with that for personal reasons. Right after E3 sounds like a great time to play it, it's also a great time for me to take two weeks of vacation and it gives me enough time to replay all 3D Zelda games in the meantime. It feels like March is already around the corner and like I'm not ready for Breath of the Wild just yet. But that's just me.
There's also the question of Limited Zelda Edition hardware bundle for the Switch, which will most likely not be happening right at launch, but maybe some time later (like they did with Ocarina of Time 3D back in 2011). I don't want to buy the Switch (or any new Nintendo hardware), until the inevitable Zelda Edition finally becomes available. So, there's that.
The newest rumors now put the game back at launch in March - at least for North America, but for Europe it still sounds like it's coming in June, because the localization takes too long. And that's really the worst case scenario, it's even worse than the Twilight Princess launch ten years ago! There I adopted the European GameCube version, which came out one entire month after the North American Wii version. More than enough time to spoil the final boss for me.
And we're talking about a three month gap here... It might be that the Switch is region-free and people in Europe can just import it, but Nintendo would want to avoid this. Remember, when The Minish Cap was released two months later in North America. People could just have imported the European version, but Nintendo of America advertised, how the North American version will have additional features (even though these features just turned out to be bug fixes, like the Shop's Bomb Bag upgrade). It might be a similar scenario in Europe, where we're getting the game later, but we will get the already mentioned Zelda Special Edition hardware bundle to make up for it.
I wouldn't be buying the standard Switch at launch anyway, so I'd have to wait in any case, since the Wii U version will still be region-locked. And in those three months I'd have to put this website on ice and avoid any other Nintendo and video gaming sites, because I really don't want to get spoiled. And that would suck.
We should know more next week with the Switch presentation on Friday the 13th, though this date doesn't strike me as particularly promising.