PR: Zelda U to be Playable for the First Time at E3 2016

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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Zelda U

 

Nintendo’s latest press release says that they plan to transform their booth in a new way for this year’s E3. Their E3 presence begins on Tuesday, June 14 @ 9a.m. PT. At that time, Nintendo Treehouse will be streaming Zelda U all day. This will include some commentary from some of the developers themselves, as well. It also states that Zelda U will be the only playable game at Nintendo’s E3 booth this year, with extended demos to help fans really get immersed and experience the deep freedom of exploration offered by the game. It also turns out that one lucky Zelda fan will win a trip to E3, where they will get to be among the first fans to play Zelda U.

This marks the first time Nintendo has made Zelda U playable to the public, and the only chance anyone will have to play Zelda U for quite a while (due to the unfortunate recent news of it being delayed until March 2017, when it will launch on Wii U and NX simultaneously). Eiji Aonuma, the Series Producer for The Legend of Zelda, has commented that Zelda U is a clean departure from some of the conventions of past entries in the franchise. In fact, according to him, Zelda U aims to remove barriers that forced players to follow a specific path, and also to incorporate new types of gameplay that have not been seen in previous games in the series.

You can check out the full Zelda U at E3 press release below:


 

One Lucky Zelda Fan to Win a Trip to E3 and be Among the First to Play the Game

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo will transform its booth at the E3 video game trade show next month in Los Angeles to immerse fans in the world of the newest game in The Legend of Zeldafranchise – playable for the first time ever at the show. To ensure attendees are able to truly experience the freedom of exploration the game offers, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be Nintendo’s focus of the show this year, and will be the only playable game in Nintendo’s booth via extended demos.

Zelda U

 

Nintendo’s kickoff to the E3 show happens at 9 a.m. PT Tuesday, June 14, when Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime introduces Nintendo Treehouse: Live, which will be dedicated to a day of live-streamed gameplay of The Legend of Zelda. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“At E3 this year, we’re treating people to an immersive Zelda experience,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “By giving attendees extended hands-on time with this remarkable game, they’ll be able to get a much deeper understanding of something new for the franchise.”

Nintendo’s kickoff to the E3 show happens at 9 a.m. PT Tuesday, June 14, when Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime introduces Nintendo Treehouse: Live, which will be dedicated to a day of live-streamed gameplay of The Legend of Zelda. This will be the world’s first in-depth look at the game, which will also include commentaries by Nintendo developers. The Legend of Zelda gameplay will be streamed from the E3 show floor via Nintendo’s channels on YouTube and Twitch, as well as on http://e3.nintendo.com. The stream will include game coverage, behind-the-scenes info and plenty of fun.

Series Producer Eiji Aonuma has said that this new installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise will be a clean break from the conventions of previous games, removing boundaries that forced players to follow a set path and introducing new gameplay that has not been experienced in previous games in the series.

While people everywhere will be able to watch The Legend of Zelda gameplay online, one lucky fan and a companion will be flown to Los Angeles to enjoy the action in person and be among the first to play the game on the show floor. Between now andMay 10, Nintendo is offering a sweepstakes on Twitter for a chance to win a trip for two to E3 to play the game. Anyone who tweets @NintendoAmerica a note about what The Legend of Zelda series means to them while using the hashtags #MyZeldaLegend and #NintendoSweepstakes will be entered for a chance to win. Fans can share messages about their favorite games, characters or memories of the franchise. Nintendo will select a winner at random. The prize package includes airfare for two, a hotel stay, tickets to E3, a $500 prepaid VISA debit card. For all the details about the sweepstakes, visithttp://e3.nintendo.com/#section-sweepstakes.

To stay informed about Nintendo’s presence at E3, visit http://e3.nintendo.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), age 18 or older. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sweepstakes closes 5 p.m. PTMay 10, 2016. Math skill test question required for Canadian residents. Limit one entry per person. 1 prize winner will be selected at random to receive one (1) trip package that includes: two (2) round trip tickets or ground transportation to Los Angeles, CA, four (4) nights lodging, two (2) passes to E3 and $500 Prepaid VISA Debit Card (ARV $4,190). Sponsor is Nintendo, not Twitter. See Official Rules at http://e3.nintendo.com/sweepstakes-rules for more details.

 

About Nintendo:

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.




  • Mr0303

    So rather than doing the usual Nintendo Direct they are just doing a Zelda stream. A game that is not even released this year. No new announcements, no playable demos for other games, just Zelda. All this on top of the fact that they are not showing the NX at E3 – you know, the biggest gaming event of the year when non-gaming media is paying attention.

    What are they thinking?

    • Gemnist

      Well they never said no new announcements, so we might get a first glimpse at the NX. But yeah, not getting to play any other games is ridiculous.

    • azariosays

      Makes my job easier! Now I only have to write an impressions for one Nintendo game 🙂

    • Mr0303

      It has to be a really in-depth impression equalling an entire show floor of games. 😛

    • Mr0303

      They confirmed that the NX won’t be at E3 and it would be rather strange to announce other games during the Zelda stream.