No matter which way you look at it, this year is thin on Nintendo games; anorexic when you look at just the Wii U. For E3 2016, the biggest video game event of the year, the Big N is putting all its chips on next year’s The Legend of Zelda.
Nintendo’s entire showfloor presence will be focused on Zelda, going so far as to host an all-day Treehouse gameplay livestream. Given the sparsity and lack of exploration in the latest full-blown console entry to the series — 2011’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii — it seems that this newest title would need to live up to the declaration made by Nintendo at last year’s E3 about it being the biggest Zelda adventure yet.
“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.”
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Treehouse: Live’s all day stream will feature commentary and discussions on the game with gameplay footage, and will be hosted by NOA COO Reggie Fils-Aime. This broadcast will replace the Nintendo Direct presentations that audiences are familiar with from the company, which have since replaced the traditional on-stage press conferences console manufacturers and publishers still maintain. It will be streamed live starting 1:30am ACST on Wednesday June 15 via Nintendo’s website, along with its Twitch and YouTube channels.
For those lucky enough to attend E3 this year, 2017’s The Legend of Zelda will be playable to the public. It’s also likely that the official title (or subtitle) for the game will be unveiled during the event.
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