We already knew Nintendo would be concentrating on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (and NX next spring) at this year's E3, but questions lingered as to whether there would be room for anything else at from Nintendo—other Wii U games, or upcoming titles for 3DS.
In a word: No.
For years, Nintendo has reserved the one and only Tuesday during E3, at 9am Pacific, for its event, be it a press conference or a Direct video. This year, Nintendo's Treehouse will broadcast The Legend of Zelda for Wii U live beginning sharply at the usual time on Tuesday, June 14, to provide "the world's first in-depth look at the game."
Developers will join Treehouse hosts on-screen to divulge more information about the game, so you can probably expect cameos from the likes of Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto, as well as other principals on the game.
Nintendo's transforming its E3 booth into Hyrule on earth as well; anyone in attendance is welcome to jump in line and be among the first to play the game. For those at home, Nintendo's YouTube, Twitch, and E3 pages will host videos divulging behind-the-scenes info.
As a reminder, Zelda U will also come to NX when the console releases next March, but no information on the NX version of the game or the console itself will be discussed at E3.
The message from Nintendo seems to be clear: Zelda is the company's focus this year because, well, there's little else coming down the pipe. Not for Wii U, anyway.
Editor's opinion: I don't see this as a bad thing. At this point, it's all but known that Nintendo has dropped the Wii U (and possibly the 3DS, if the console/handheld hybrid rumors are to be believed), so it makes sense to show the one remaining ace of its sleeve: a new Legend of Zelda title, and the subject of much curiosity and debate for years, now. We'll get a look at the NX, its hardware, and its launch library later this year. For now, as a Zelda super fan dying to know more about the game (like, for example, its proper subtitle), I am content with Nintendo's E3 plans.
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It's possible we may get a small glimpse of what the NX will be by looking at what kind of game this ends up being. Like, with the first Zelda game they did the shooting mechanism with wiimote. If they showed any kind of unique gameplay element, it could tip what's in store for the NX.
they're not gonna tip anything that way
I'm sure there will be countless articles and videos dedicated to that very cause. But I don't think rooting out NX's gimmick(s) based on Zelda U/NX demos at E3 will shed much light on the console.
If you look at Twilight Princess, it was pretty easy to pick up a GameCube controller and get an idea of how that might translate to motion controls--because we knew the Wii would have motion controls. We could say, "Oh, I bet you can aim with the remote, and probably swing it to swing Link's sword." We don't have anything concrete to go on about the NX.
If the rumors about NX being a console/handheld hybrid are true, and THAT ends up being the gimmick, then Zelda U will tell us exactly how Zelda NX will play: just like it does on Wii U, using a traditional controller and maybe a GamePad or GamePad-type peripheral with motion sensors built in.
No matter how this all plays out, I'm just excited to see Zelda. It's been the only game I've wanted since last year. I was bummed when it got pushed off last year's calendar, and even more bummed when news broke last week that it wouldn't make 2016. So at this point, I'm a man dying of thirst in the desert; give me raindrops or a flood. I just need some water.
I've put off replaying Wind Waker on the Wii U. Haven't played Wind Waker since 2007, I think. So, I think it will fill the void nicely until Zelda U/NX next year.