Behold, your first look at the latest installment of The Legend of Zelda series for the Wii U. Despite the Wii U edition of Skyward Sword never making it to the console, Nintendo promises to deliver a Legend of Zelda experience like never before, in completely open world gameplay. You’ll find the development teaser video and a bunch of screenshots after the break.
An open world Legend of Zelda game. Let that sink in for a moment. In the original The Legend of Zelda – which I just purchased in the Nintendo e-Shop – the world is completely open and you have to discover for yourself which temples made sense to visit based on your current inventory and bravery. There were no set directions as to which direction you had to go, you just had to remember your surroundings. It’s a really tough game if you go back and revisit it.
Here’s what producer Eiji Aonuma had to say about the open world experience in the new Legend of Zelda game:
“You can enter any area from any direction. So the puzzle-solving in this game begins the moment the player starts to think about where they want to go, how they will get there, and what they will do when they arrive. This is a clean break from the conventions of past games in the Zelda series, where you had to follow a set path and play through the scenario in the right order. I believe this departure will create opportunities for new gameplay that have not been experienced in previous Zelda games.”
Unfortunately no plot synopsis has been unveiled, but you can bet that Princess Zelda and Ganondorf will most likely be involved in some capacity. From what we see above, the graphics are spectacular and yet another departure from what we’ve seen before. No previous Zelda game is quite the same. It’s been a long time coming for The Legend of Zelda to make its appearance to the Wii U and Nintendo needs this release more than ever.
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The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be available some time in 2015.
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