We’ve known for weeks that Nintendo’s only playable game at E3 will be the upcoming Wii U Legend of Zelda game. Apparently the media has been given information that there will be two separate demos to play through, and that they should set aside a full 90 minutes to get the full experience.
Having attended many E3 shows in the past, including the ones where Windwaker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword were playable for the first times, I know firsthand how crazy the Nintendo booth can be whenever a new console Zelda game is showcased. It’s not uncommon for Nintendo to have separate demos for Zelda. In fact, when Twilight Princess was first playable on GameCube at the 2005 E3, there were several modes to play – such as combat on horseback as well as dungeon exploration. So, having multiple demos for this new Zelda is not shocking. What is curious, however, is that Nintendo is requesting 90 minutes for the full experience. This seems a bit excessive, leading many to speculate that perhaps these demos are much longer than prior ones.
We won’t be in attendance at this year’s E3, so we’ll be feverishly consuming the live Treehouse streams just like everyone else. It sounds like Nintendo is confident in showing off a decent size slice of the game, and it will be exciting to finally see this game in action. In just over two weeks we will be swimming in Zelda videos and impressions, and I cannot wait.