It’s the end of May, which means it’s every gamer’s favorite time of year – E3 rumors and speculation! Now is the season when gamers everywhere put aside their console differences and just bask in the glow of beautiful new game announcements, gorgeous “in-game” renderings that you know won’t look a fraction as good in the released product, and then argue relentlessly about who won E3. It really is a magical time of year.
As many of you know, the only current-gen console I own is a Wii U. I’ve been incredibly excited for this event for a while; Nintendo’s big new IP Splatoon releases tomorrow and after that there’s not a ton on the horizon, so I’m expecting a lot of big news at this year’s E3. Disappointing to myself and most other fans though, Nintendo has previously stated that there won’t much of a Legend of Zelda presence at E3 this year. Thankfully, Popular Zelda blog The Hidden Triforce has heard rumors on the contrary – however, they are just rumors at this time. But some news is better than no news! According to an anonymous GameStop employee, Nintendo will be showcasing a little bit from the new Zelda U at E3, including:
- Brand new official art and a new trailer
- Amiibo support (scanning Amiibo figures will allegedly give items usable once a day)
- Support for both the GamePad and the Wii U Pro Controller
- Fast travel – because the map’s just too big to make poor Epona ride all day every day now
- A non-Ganon main villain, though still connections to the existing lore
- Darker themes, similar to Majora’s Mask
- Differing enemies between night and day
- Gorons! No Zora confirmation yet, but at least two other new races as well.
This is just a brief overview, check the article out for a complete rundown of everything they were told. All of this sounds pretty awesome to me. Fast travel could have been incredibly useful in Wind Waker and I’m sure Zelda U will be much, much bigger than that. I’m glad the Big N has decided to give fans the option to zip from place to place. However, the Amiibo support to me seems lackluster. I’m all for Amiibos and letting them grow but they don’t need to be featured in every release. Adding a once-a-day item seems very uninspired. Hopefully they can add something else – maybe scan a Zelda figure to put Link into their outfit or something of that nature? I’m not sure, but it’s Nintendo! I’m sure they’ll come up with something great.
What do you think of the rumors? Keeping your hopes down through the speculation or hopping right on board the hype train going full-speed ahead? Anything disappointingly left out, or are you just ready for 2016 to finally come and bring a new console Zelda into the world? Let me know in the comments below!