Following the surprise recent announcement that The Legend of Zelda on Wii U will be the only playable Nintendo game at E3, the company has now outlined some slightly broader plans.
It's confirmed that, from 9am Pacific / noon Eastern / 5pm UK / 6pm CET on 14th June, there'll be a full day of live coverage of the Wii U game. Reggie Fils-Aime will introduce the Treehouse team, and the following is promised:
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.
Series Producer Eiji Aonuma has said that this new installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise will be a clean break from the conventions of previous games, removing boundaries that forced players to follow a set path and introducing new gameplay that has not been experienced in previous games in the series.
Beyond that Nintendo is launching a sweepstakes for residents in North America and Canada to win a ticket to the show to play the game - it'll include "airfare for two, a hotel stay, tickets to E3, a $500 prepaid VISA debit card".
Disappointingly that's all Nintendo has announced. Whether there'll be a Nintendo Direct to touch on other games coming this year (as some hope) during or before E3 is still up in the air. As it stands Nintendo hasn't announced one, and we'll have one day of live Treehouse coverage on one game rather than the usual three days covering a variety of games.
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