Nintendo announced last week that their new Legend of Zelda title would be their only playable game at E3, but they’ve really shot themselves in the foot by now announcing that it’ll be the only game they showcase at all at this years conference, the biggest gaming event of the calendar year.
“Nintendo’s kickoff to the E3 show happens at 9 a.m. PT Tuesday, June 14, when Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime introduces Nintendo Treehouse: Live, which will be dedicated to a day of live-streamed gameplay of The Legend of Zelda. This will be the world’s first in-depth look at the game, which will also include commentaries by Nintendo developers. The Legend of Zelda gameplay will be streamed from the E3 show floor via Nintendo’s channels on YouTube and Twitch, as well as on http://e3.nintendo.com. The stream will include game coverage, behind-the-scenes info and plenty of fun.”
The 9 a.m Tuesday slot has always been Nintendo’s to do with as they please, starting with live shows alongside Microsoft and Sony, and then… really bad live shows (2008… *shudders*) and more recently pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentations which were a step in the right direction, at least regarding last years’ effort, but with the company shafting the Wii U in favour of a new ‘NX’ console Nintendo really needed a strong E3 showing this year, which one game alone, Zelda or not, will not provide for them in my opinion. We’ll have to wait and see.
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