Shigeru Miyamoto and Eija Aonuma showed off some gorgeous looking footage of the upcoming Zelda Wii U during last night’s Game Awards. In the five minute video, the legendary duo further expanded on the open-world that they promised during E3 2014.
Right off the bat, Miyamoto pointed out the fact that it was getting darker and used that information to determine which direction they were going, hinting a dynamic time system and maybe even weather.
The scale of the world was heavily emphasized during the short demo. They went with the old “if you can see it, you can go it” approach to show off its immense size, by pointing out a tower in the distance and making their way to it. Several times throughout the video, Miyamoto was asking how long it would get there and he was told “4 or 5 minutes.” Nintendo absolutely wants us to know that this thing is huge.
Discovering dungeons appears to be natural and very similar to The Elder Scrolls series. Aonuma was riding through the world on Epona (who now moves without needing constant carrots) and just randomly stumbled onto a group of enemies who were hiding around a dungeon. The whole scenario looked exactly like something that would happen in Skyrim, and that is going to make a lot of fans giddy with joy.
Visually, it looks a lot like the teaser shown at E3. Bright, colorful, and full of life. The only real downside, from what I could tell, is that the world seemed really barren. Traveling is fun and all, but there was almost nothing on their journey. Zelda Wii U is reportedly pretty far into development, so hopefully they still have time to add some life into the world between dungeons. Aonuma did stop at one point to show off the insect and animal life around the world, so there will obviously be some things going on outside of the usual Zelda fare.
One thing is for sure, Zelda Wii U is going to be the biggest and most life-like Zelda game to date.
A short combat scenario was also shown, with Link jumping off Epona and slow motion shooting an enemy in the face. That sentence should make any gamer, Zelda fan or not, just a little happy.
Just casually thrown in towards the end was the reveal that the game would be coming next year along with StarFox Wii U. That sound you hear is my wallet screaming.
If you’re interested, there is also a video of similar footage without the English dub and allowing you to hear the game’s own audio.