Nintendo has given a first look at gameplay in the next The Legend of Zelda title for Wii U at The Game Awards. Using the Wii U GamePad, players can pinpoint locations on the map to help with exploration. In addition, the footage confirms that the Sailcloth item returns and allows Link to glide over the world. Epona also makes a comeback and will help avoid obstacles, leaving Link free to wield his sword and shoot arrows. The next Zelda game is still scheduled to release in 2015.
The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that the visual style of the upcoming Zelda for Wii U drew inspiration from anime. Before deciding which art direction the game should take, Aonuma and the rest of the development team wanted to make sure they would settle on a distinguishing look. Aonuma previously said that Zelda for Wii U looks “more amazing” now compared to when it was first unveiled. The title is expected to make another appearance at next year’s E3.
“I was told by many people that it was ‘beautiful,’ Aonuma said. “I thought about various ways to make the graphical style fit the vast new Zelda world; imitating the real world attached an important feeling of realism, and making it look different to the past [Zelda titles], this was done by drawing inspiration from Japanese animations. Now, compared to what we showed you at E3, it has become something even more amazing.”
The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that the upcoming Zelda for Wii U looks even “more amazing” now compared to when it was unveiled earlier this year. The Wii U console’s first original Zelda title was revealed at E3 2014, when Aonuma talked about his desire to create an open-world installment in Nintendo’s action-adventure series. In addition, Aonuma hinted that Zelda for Wii U may make another appearance at E3 2015.
“Now it looks more amazing than what was shown at E3,” said Aonuma.
Several people have contacted us to say that the Nintendo UK Store currently has The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D listed with a February 15th release date. When the game was announced yesterday, Nintendo simply said they were targeting a spring 2015 release. This specific date on the store could be an error, but let’s hope someone slipped up and that we will get the game in February.
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Update: The date has been changed on the Nintendo UK Store and now says it will be released on June 30th 2015.
Nintendo of Europe are set to hold a special Zelda-themed sale throughout September in celebration of Hyrule Warriors’ release later this month. Between September 4 and September 26, a selection of The Legend of Zelda titles will be discounted in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and 3DS, so if you’ve yet to experience some of the classic adventure titles, now’s your chance.
As a special offer to Zelda fans, Nintendo of Europe is currently offering those who have previously downloaded Zelda titles to their Wii U or 3DS consoles a 10 per cent discount – €44.99/£35.99 instead of the regular price of €49.99/£39.99 – on Hyrule Warriors from September 19 through to September 26.
Similar to the Super Smash Bros veteran and newcomer flash sales, Nintendo of Europe are keen to drive digital sales on the eShop. The selection of Zelda games will change each week, but for now you can check out which titles – including Wind Waker HD and Ocarina of Time – are discounted this week in the list below.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Nintendo) – €39.99/£32.99 (Ends September 11, normally €59.99/£49.99)
- The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£3.49)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£3.49)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo) – €29.99/£25.99 (Ends September 11, normally €44.99/£39.99)
- The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£4.49)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£4.49)
A recently-launched online petition is requesting that Nintendo names a non-player character (NPC) in the next The Legend of Zelda title after Robin Williams. The petition has already garnered 50,000 signatures and is asking supporters to push for a Robin character to appear in the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U. Williams, who passed away earlier this week, was deemed a long-time, avid fan of the long-running action-adventure series. He also appeared in several Nintendo promos and even named his daughter after the franchise’s titular heroine.
Nintendo UK has added new Zelda goodies to their official online store. As can be seen in the embedded tweet, a range of new merchandise for men, women and children are now offered within the store, including the following:
- Small messenger bag
- Girls’ Wind Waker stained glass wallet/purse
- The Legend of Zelda golden-plated cap
- Girls’ Zelda Hoodie – Green/Black
- The Legend of Zelda Men’s T-Shirt – Black
You can view all the Zelda merchandise in the “Cool Stuff” section of the online store, alternatively you can just click the link here to go directly to the section. Remember that the online store only ships physical products to residencies within the UK.