At their E3 2014 Digital Event earlier today, Nintendo finally revealed some more details about the new Zelda game for Wii U, along with some footage. We’ve known about this game for a while, but this is the first official look we’ve gotten at it.
Eiji Aonuma talked a bit about the game before footage was shown. Apparently, the main theme of Zelda for Wii U is revisiting the conventions of the series. Zelda for Wii U will have a large, wide-open world without boundaries rather than discrete, bounded areas tied together for the first time in the series’ history. The player will be able to visit dungeons in any order like in A Link Between Worlds.
After these details, Aonuma yielded the floor to some footage. Here, we got to see Link flee a large, spider-like monster. After going onto a bridge, Link turns to fight the creature, shooting it with his bow. The game will be released in 2015.
The new Zelda title for the Wii U was officially announced as being in development in January of 2013. According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo was considering showing the game off at E3 2013, but they decided to wait to show it off to get the game further along first. In an interview last year, Eiji Aonuma said he’d say more about the game at E3 2014, so this has been a highly anticipated moment for Zelda fans.
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most popular and beloved series. The series follows the adventures of Link, who is usually journeying through Hyrule and battling Ganon for the Triforce and the fate of the kingdom. The series began with The Legend of Zelda on the NES in 1986, and has had many subsequent critically-acclaimed entries. The series as a whole is critically and commercially successful, and many of the titles in the series, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, are considered to be some of the greatest games of all time.
Given the track record of Nintendo and the rest of the Zelda series, this new Zelda title is doubtless going to be one to watch, and will likely end up being a system seller. Is this the jolt the Wii U needs to get off the ground? As a huge fan of the Zelda series, I can barely contain my excitement! Be sure to stay tuned to oprainfall for all news related to the new Zelda and E3 2014!