The Legend of Zelda on Wii U will be a fully open-world game,Nintendo unveiled in its Nintendo Direct at E3 today.
As you can see in the above footage, the game looks gorgeous. Individual blades of grass wave in the breeze. Mountains jut up in the distance, and you can visit anything you can see.
It’s boisterously colorful.
Nintendo Producer Eiji Aonuma says the Zelda team is ”rethinking the conventions of Zelda.” With the graphical power of the Wii U, they can finally make an open-world Zelda game in 3D, allowing players to tackle the world in whatever order they like (though, one imagines, that will be restricted by the tools you have at your disposal.) ”That’s a convention we should keep,” Aonuma remarks.
The footage shows Link riding a horse, battling a huge laser-firing tentacled monster. The art style is great—Link is older, but there’s much of the painterly style we saw in Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. It certainly looks drastically different from the footage we saw at E3 several years ago.
The game is set to release in 2015. I’m pretty sure this is going to move Wii U units.
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