Nintendo dropped some massive bombs overnight as it hosted a Japanese earnings briefing while the western world was mostly asleep. First, we learned that the Nintendo NX will launch in March 2017, then we learned that The Legend of Zelda will launch on both the NX and Wii U. The game was also delayed.
Now, Nintendo of America has added additional clarification. Zelda will be the only playable game the company brings to E3, and they will only have the Wii U version. No NX, no other games. Just Zelda.
Here’s the exact word by way of the press release we received this morning.
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 franchise. 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.
This is… huge. It’s also bizarre.
We’ll be publishing an editorial on this one later today, so stay tuned.