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New Legend of Zelda coming to Wii this year?

Although a new Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime game are hitting store shelves this year, Nintendo might be ready to offer up a new Legend of Zelda game too.

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Will a new Legend of Zelda game be coming to the Wii? GameSpot

With Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M already on their way to the Wii console this year, it seems that Nintendo has a full release calendar ahead. But in a recent interview with Wired, published on Thursday, Nintendo Vice President Cammie Dunaway said a new Legend of Zelda title for the Wii might also be released this year.

Dunaway said Nintendo's release calendar for 2010 is "night and day," when compared to its releases in the first half of 2009. "And from some of the things that (Nintendo chief Satoru) Iwata has talked about, and that we will talk about at E3, like Zelda--you know that we're going to have a good back half of the year, as well," Dunaway continued.

As Wired pushed for more information on Zelda, Dunaway stopped short of explicitly saying a new title from the famed franchise is indeed coming this year. When asked if Nintendo would release Mario, Metroid, and Zelda "all in one year," Dunaway was coy, saying jokingly that Wired owes her "a steak dinner," since the publication predicted earlier this year that Nintendo wouldn't release all three titles in a single year.

Based on her responses, it seems awfully likely that a new Zelda game will be coming to the Wii this year.

Over the past few weeks, rumors have swirled that Nintendo would release a new Legend of Zelda game this year. CNET's Jeff Bakalar and Mark Licea, hosts of CNET's preGAME show, discussed the possibility of a new Zelda title coming out in 2010, in their inaugural episode earlier this month. Dunaway's comments have officially added fuel to those rumors.

At this point, it's still too early to say for sure that a new Zelda game is on the way this year. But if I had to guess, I think that we'll see it by the end of 2010.