Zelda Wii U
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|Zelda Wii U|
|Release date|| 2015
|Predecessor||A Link Between Worlds|
The Zelda HD Experience, a The Legend of Zelda tech demo of the Wii U, was shown at E3 2011. On June 20, 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Nintendo is planning on creating an HD Legend of Zelda title.
The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U was officially announced in the Wii U Direct presentation on January 23, 2013. Eiji Aonuma stated that the game intended to challenge what was expected of The Legend of Zelda games, such as the player having to complete dungeons in a specific order or that it is a single player experience. The game is expected to have a long development time, so Nintendo released a remake of The Wind Waker for Wii U to decrease the gap between releases. During E3 2014, the first video of the game was shown, revealing Link riding a horse, in addition to a new enemy, and Hyrule Field. Eiji Aonuma responded to fan reactions to the character's design stating that the character was not explicitly stated to be Link, but later stated that he was joking.
E3 2014 reveal trailer
- "This is an HD system, our first HD system, and we want to create a real HD Zelda game for it. You will see a lot of these in-depth and deep experiences in terms of visual style. You will also see some play styles that are fun and interesting because of the play structure." — How the Wii U One Ups Television, Kotaku.
- Nintendo, Wii U Direct Presentation - 23.01.2013, YouTube.
- "No one explicitly said that that was Link." — Exclusive: That might not have been Link in the Wii U Zelda trailer, producer teases, Venture Beat.
- "It's a rumour. Actually that comment I made jokingly. It's not that I said that it wasn't Link. It's that I never said that it was Link. It's not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way. It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying 'oh it's a female character' and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that was humour. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement. I don't want people to get hung up on the way Link looks because ultimately Link represents the player in the game. I don't want to define him so much that it becomes limiting to the players. I want players to focus on other parts of the trailer and not specifically on the character because the character Link represents, again, the player." — Aonuma confirms that Link was the character featured in Zelda Wii U’s debut video, Nintendo Everything.