Despite a bunch of delays, the new iteration of The Legend of Zelda definitely exists, and Nintendo is proving it by flying a lucky fan to Los Angeles to see the in person.
Nintendo announced today in a press release that the new Zelda will be playable at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, for the first time. And the Big N is running a contest to fly a fan out to check the game out at the conference.
We’ve been hearing about this bigger, more open Zelda for a couple years now, but details have been thin. Things are already strange with the game because it seems Nintendo is in the process of abandoning its Wii U console in favor of its upcoming “NX,” which no one knows anything about yet. Up to now, Zelda has been a Wii U title, but Nintendo plans to put it out on both machines now, probably in hopes of using Zelda to sell new consoles. Only the Wii U version will be at E3.
Nintendo previously did the two-console release thing with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, releasing it both on its GameCube and Wii consoles. The result was a game that wasn’t made especially well for either one, which hurt the Wii version and its attempt at simulating swordfighting with motion controls.
Sounds like Nintendo is going all-out with Zelda at E3 though, with an extended demo session on the show floor. From the sounds of things, most of the publisher’s presence at the show will be Zelda-focused. There’s also going to be live streams of the gameplay, so you don’t have to be super lucky to see what Nintendo has on offer. If you want to roll the dice anyway, you can sign up for the sweepstakes on Nintendo’s website.
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