“Back To Basics”
Nintendo brought to a close this E3’s busy few days of briefings with their Treehouse live event earlier this morning. The likes of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, as well as the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were the focus of the show, both of which received meaty onstage presentations. In regards to the cadence of the somewhat unorthodox briefing, Nintendo struggled. Following an excellent opening trailer of The Legend of Zelda, the live event moved into an extremely prolonged look at the upcoming Pokémon game, drowning the excitement of Zelda’s initial wonder. Eventually, the nearly hour long showcase came to a close, shifting gears to the main event, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Easily one of the most impressive titles highlighted during this year’s packed expo, Breath of the Wild reinvigorated my hopes for the iconic series. Out of the onslaught of titles surging throughout each and every conference, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the deepest dive we’ve seen into anything all week. Covering many gameplay aspects over the course of multiple, lengthy demos, we’re coming away from E3 with a rather extensive knowledge of what the next entry in the Zelda franchise will bring. Exploring Hyrule itself seems to be a far more important component to the package than previous entries in the Zelda series, as each demo reiterated the vast and secrets-laden nature of the sprawling open world.
The sheer scale of Breath of the Wild is fascinating. Seemingly appearing to rival the size of a AAA open world game this generation, this specific iteration of Zelda is taking a big step forward. Accompanied by superb environmental and musical audio, Breath of the Wild’s atmosphere evokes a sense of wonder that will surely act as one of the title’s greater strengths, and that’s purely going off the small slice of the game the briefing showed. Other touches of enhancements present during the live event, showed how Link will now have to forage for food to cook in order to replenish his life, alongside finding new weaponry to fend off the dangers of Hyrule. Slated for release in 2017, the calendar year in which the NX is set to launch as well, it’s going to be a pivotally important couple of months for Nintendo. Following some turbulent times for the company in recent memory, I’m fascinated with how everything will shake down when the Breath of the Wild finally sees the light of day.Below is the biggest news from Nintendo’s E3 2016 Treehouse live event.
The Big Announcements
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Official Game Trailer – Nintendo E3 2016
- Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – Demonstration – Nintendo E3 2016
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Introduction – Nintendo E3 2016
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Exploration Gameplay – Nintendo E3 2016
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – amiibo Gameplay – Nintendo E3 2016
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The NES Connection – Nintendo E3 2016
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