Zelda For Wii U Only Playable Game At E3

Well this day just keeps on getting stranger by the minute. First, we had the bombshell announcement that the NX would not be releasing until March of 2017. Then came news that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was also delayed until 2017 and that an NX version would be released alongside it. Then good news hit that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are both coming to smart devices. Let’s just hope they play like their 3DS counterparts. Now, we get word that at this year’s E3 show the only game that will be playable at Nintendo’s booth is going to be The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U! Has Nintendo officially gone mad? Their official explanation is:

 

E3: Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda series. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.

 

I’ve been to nine E3 shows and it’s hard to imagine that a booth the size of Nintendo’s would only display one game. It seems to fly in the face of what a tradeshow is designed for: to showcase your upcoming lineup of games to retailers and press. This seems like a very risky move as some might think it’s the only game on the upcoming release docket. Not to mention that it could drastically cut down on the number of visitors to the booth due to the lack of variety. Not everyone is a fan of Zelda, after all.

As for the rest of the press release, there are a couple of interesting tidbits. First up is the fact that users of Miitomo have taken over 20 million Miifotos and there are now over 10 million unique users of the app. To celebrate, Nintendo will have a special 10-day promotion between April 29th and May 8th. No word on what this will entail, but we can probably guess it will include some new in-game clothing options.

Both Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are scheduled to release this fall for smart devices. Apparently Fire Emblem is being retooled to be “more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems”, whatever that means. Animal Crossing will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Unlike Miitomo, both of these are pure gaming applications.

We already reported that NX wouldn’t be coming until March of 2017. It should also be noted that it will not make an appearance at this year’s E3. However, Nintendo UK has stated that it “will be unveiled later this year”. So, at least we have that to look forward to.

Read on for the full press release:

 

Nintendo announced a variety of updates during the earnings announcement for its full fiscal year, ended March 31st. These updates included the first information about Nintendo’s next video game system, code-named NX.

“As we report the results of the last fiscal year, we also look forward to an exciting period ahead with further growth in our mobile business, new products for our dedicated video game systems and continued progress in our efforts to increase the number of consumers experiencing our IP through games, licensing and expanded entertainment,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima.

For a complete overview of Nintendo’s financial announcements, as well as changes to Nintendo’s governance system, please visit Nintendo’s Investor Relations website at https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en. Announcement highlights include:

  • Miitomo: Nintendo’s first app for smartphones and tablets has already crossed 10 million unique users worldwide. The free-to-start* social experience app launched in Japan on 17th March and in a variety of other countries, including the United Kingdom, on 31st March. Along with these outstanding user numbers, Nintendo also has, to date, sparked more than 300 million conversations in Miitomo. In addition, users can insert their Mii characters into photos to create unique “Miifotos” that can be shared through various social media. As of now, more than 20 million of these Miifotos have been created. To celebrate Miitomo reaching 10 million users, Nintendo will run a special 10-day “Celebrating 10 Million Users!” promotion between 29th April and 8th May.

  • Nintendo’s Next Mobile Apps: Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this autumn. As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game. Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.

  • NX: Nintendo previously announced that it would release more information about its next system, code-named NX, this year. As the first announcement of any NX information, Nintendo confirmed that NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017. NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year.

  • The Legend of Zelda: The latest instalment in this classic series is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both Wii U and NX, and both versions of the game have been in development in tandem. Because the developers need more time to polish the game, it will launch in 2017, but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at E3.

  • E3: Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda series. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.

 

[Source: Nintendo UK]

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