Fans waited with bated breath for news of the future of The Legend of Zelda franchise streamed via Nintendo’s E3 stream, and were not let down with the long-anticipated reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Having been long speculated upon, and info and images released along the way, Nintendo finally announced the title through their online stream to the world, with a video introduced by Reggie Fils-Aime himself.
The video showcased wide and sprawling environments, climbing elements, puzzle solving and swimming and even magical elements to a wonderful soundtrack very reminiscent of the series itself.
The game promises a seamless experience, with a vast and ‘alive’ world.
Preceding the stream, viewers were given a trailer for the game that showed off more features and characters in the game, followed by a demo of gameplay from a working build of the actual game demonstrated in a Nintendo Treehouse stream.
A “Battle Royal” game mode was showcased shortly after, bringing a new mode to the gameplay system, which is a free-for-all battle where four players contest a battle at once, and the winner is the last one standing.
Amiibos – 3 new Zelda and 7 new Super Mario Amiibos
On top of their game announcements, Nintendo also announced new amiibos. Straight from their press statement, here’s all the new info:
Nintendo announced a new series of amiibo figures specific to the game that includes Link with a bow (“Archer”), Link on horseback (“Rider”), and a “Guardian” that is the first amiibo with flexible parts. The existing Wolf Link amiibo works with the game as well: When players tap a Wolf Link amiibo to the Wii U GamePad controller, Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help players to hunt.
…Also on Nov. 4, Nintendo will launch new amiibo in the Super Mario series. The collection will feature the debut of amiibo figures for Daisy, Waluigi and Boo – and the Boo amiibo figure glows in the dark! The collection also introduces new poses for Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.
We’ve not seen any footage quite yet, but according to the press released below, there is a new Mario Party game, called Mario Party Star Rush, to be released November 4th for the Nintendo 3DS.
…viewers will get their first look at a new Mario Partygame for Nintendo 3DS that includes additions and changes to make it much more fast-paced and portable-friendly – players no longer have to wait for their turn, as everyone moves at once. Mario Party Star Rushlaunches Nov. 4.
More to come as news develops!
New Indie Games – Severed, Axiom Verge, Runbow Pocket and Jotun: Valhalla Edition announced
Nintendo’s Treehouse Live event from E3 was light on content other than a big Zelda reveal and some Pokemon news, but a few cool indie games were thrown into the mix.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition will be coming to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U in Summer 2016, so sometime in the coming couple of months for us Aussies. Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology that’s gathered some significant praise from earlier releases on other platforms.
Runbow Pocket is coming to the Wii U and the New 3DS via the eShop sometime this year.
16-bit retro-style action-platformer Axiom Verge is coming to the Wii U via the eShop. No word yet on a release date but one that might satisfy the thirst of Metroid fans temporarily.
Lastly, one of my favourite games of the year so far, Severed is coming to both the Wii U and the 3DS this Summer (our Winter), again through the eShop. Definitely keep an eye out for this really clever touch-based dungeon crawler.