Up to 90 minutes of Legend of Zelda Wii U available at E3

Chris Stead 26 May 2016

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Those excited for their first glimpse of Nintendo’s new, open-world Legend of Zelda game will get plenty to feast on at E3.

We’re never short of reasons to get excited for E3, the annual video games expo held in Los Angeles every June, but experiencing the next Legend of Zelda entry for the first time is near the top of 2016’s list. As the first officially announced exclusive for Nintendo’s upcoming new console the NX (which we now know as Nintendo Switch) it’s a huge deal for the famous developer. But there is more; as a truly open-world game, it’s set to play unlike any game in the series to date.

Nintendo has been quick to establish that the Nintendo NX – despite releasing in March 2017 – will not be on display at E3, however, its launch game - The Legend of Zelda - will.  The game will be playable on the show floor for media and some very lucky members of the public, and today we found out just how much of the game we will get to enjoy. Nintendo is informing media that there will be two extended demos of the Wii U version to play at the booth and are being asked to set aside 90 minutes to make the most of the gameplay.

Being an open-world game, it remains to be seen if we’ll be free to just explore, or will be dungeon crawling towards a boss fight. Given that there are two demos, we expect one of each. An opportunity to get a taste of two of the core gameplay experiences The Legend of Zelda is set to offer.

Nintendo knows requesting 90 minutes of time from a journalist at E3 is a big call. Usually, you’re running around like crazy trying to sneak 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there with games of truly blockbuster status. But you’d give Nintendo a good couple of hours to get through all their titles. So Nintendo has declared The Legend of Zelda will be the only playable game on the show floor to accommodate this huge demo time. Usually, Nintendo jams its booth with loads of handheld and console titles, so it’s certainly an interesting step to only give media access to the one game. But it does sound like it is going to be one hell of a demo.

Here is a full list of currently announced or leaked Nintendo NX games.

Getting over the eternal wait for Zelda Wii U/NX? Bide your time with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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