As we already know, Nintendo's E3 is going to be all about The Legend of Zelda on Wii U, with the 2017 release - which is also coming to NX - being the only playable big N game at the show. 500 fans in and near New York, though, will also have a chance to go hands on.
The store will be streaming the E3 Treehouse presentation (14th June) on its 15-foot screen, but those lucky enough to have secured a spot will be able to play the game during a fixed appointment over the following days. The 500 gamers will be picked days before, on 11th June, and given an appointment to play the game, though demonstrations will also be running on the big screen for everyone to watch; the press release excerpt below breaks it down.
The 500 fans will be selected during a Super-Fan Signup Day, which will be held on Saturday, June 11. Only the first 500 eligible people in line when Nintendo NY opens at 9 a.m. ET will receive a wristband that they can exchange for a ticket, which guarantees them a spot to play the game during selected times June 14-19. (Fans can start lining up at 7 a.m. ET on June 11. Photo ID is required, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
The six-day free event will begin at noon ET on June 14, when fans will be invited to watch gameplay of The Legend of Zelda live-streamed from Nintendo's booth at this year's E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles to the 15-foot gaming screen inside Nintendo NY. This will be the world's first in-depth look at the game. Then at 3 p.m. ET, the first of 500 fans will begin sampling the game for the first time.
From June 15 to June 19, Nintendo experts will also be giving guided game-play demonstrations on the big screen for everyone to watch and enjoy. Several fans may even get the chance to participate in guided demonstrations. There will also be The Legend of Zelda trivia for a chance for fans to win fun prizes.
It's a great opportunity for those that can get an appointment - will you be in New York and trying to get one of these slots?
If I know any better Brendon (@bboy and some numbers I forget)will try to be one of those 500.
0/10, too much Zelda U!
The dates fall in line with E3 though it's longer for the NY store. Good for the East and West coast of the US but that's of no use to the rest of us around the world. So Nintendo, please release the Zelda E3 demo on the eShop. Absolutely no reason why it can't be done. It should be done.
Edit: Also, I can't believe nobody has ever discussed that black tablet around Link's waist in the above artwork. It has a Lens of Truth symbol on it and I think it could be a central item in the game. You may have to look at the gamepad to see things that aren't visible on the TV screen. Which in turn may mean the NX has some form of second screen. The tablet(in more ways than one) even looks a little like the gamepad.
It's not worth all the trouble and headache over trying to get in line for this event. I'll just wait for the game come out. I'm not in any rush to play it.
Hope you have some riot gear.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE my same thought. I only guess they don't want to spread out a demo of a game that still has such a long development phase.
Aaaargh, why not just release the demo online, so EVERYONE who owns a console can have a go as well? I just can't understand why these E3 demos can't be released online... Come on, Nintendo...
PS. To be fair, though, it's not just Nintendo. Pretty much every major developer/publisher usually fails to release their E3 floor demos online, be it a Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft console game...
Good for New Yorkers. WV hasn't even gotten a darn Best Buy demo for e3 stuff in the past years. This is 2016. Why not put a small demo on the eshop? Maybe even make it limited. Just stop pulling this crud.
Yay, im so glad Nintendo has a way for us outside of North America to play.....
... oh wait, they don't.
@Whopper744 You say that like most publishers put their E3 demos online.
Fans always complain, no matter what lol. I don't think an IP like Zelda needs a demo, Demos are for new localisations, new games, indies...
Extensive demo? At this point surely the development process is far enough along to just demo the whole game.
It could be that the "demo" is a significant portion of the full game that the players simply have a limited amount of time to play, which is why they can't release it online.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Um, you know that isn't just the lens of truth. It's the sheikah symbol. I really doubt they'd use a book as the lens of truth. It's on nintendo's E3 website too.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE That book has been discussed to death. Way before that piece of artwork was released.
@whitemaskedhero I know, I previously mentioned it's a Shiekah symbol as well but I think it's being used here for a Lens of Truth.
@Marce2240 I haven't seen any discussion.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE You didn't watch the GameXplain's videos about the November 2015 snippet?
Wow pretty cool for the lucky few who gets the chance.
Meh I'm not a fan of demos especially for the new Zelda! I already know I'll be getting the game (probably twice) so my challenge now is to stay as spoiler free as possible!!
@Marce2240 No. Cheers! I'll have a look at that now.
Nintendo should deliver miniature demo pieces once a month that will satisfy the needs of the fans. Talk about hype. Also, everyone will have tried it that has a Wii U. Opportunities
OMG! During my birthday week. I will be driving there Friday night and sitting there all night like a maniac.
There will be a riot over a boring demo. But I guess it's the highlight of the generation if you never get to appear at these kinds of things.
@Mega_Yarn_Poochy I say that like I'm disapointed they actually have a demo, but require you to live in the area actually. I say that like I'm allowed to be a bit frustrated with the situation. Glad for those who do live there though.
Might as well give it a shot since I live in NYC. Even though the line probably going to be stretch around to 49th street
@SLIGEACH_EIRE What this guy said ---> @HeroponRiki
Close friends went to NYC for their anniversary recently, and were happy to finally make it into the Nintendo store they've always wanted to see.
Their anniversary was also the Pokemon 20 year anniversary.
The line to enter the store was 8 hours long.
Maybe next year...
INB4 some scalper gets all the appointments and sells them on Ebay!
And as far as Europe goes, you could... you know... release the demo on the European eShop, so people who can't afford plane tickets, hotel rooms and E3 tickets can still enjoy the demo.
Seriously, Nintendo. You know, if you're worried about the fact "this way anyone could play it", think again - with region locking and different eShops, you could be sure the only ones playing the demo via eShop would be people far away from the U.S.; in fact, this would be the only istance of regional lockout - I can't believe I'm typing this - being actually useful. Feel free to read the sentence again if you will.
They should make the demo playable all WiiU owners. Zelda is the only appealing upcoming retail title for the system, and probably the last. Might as well expose the heck out of it. And I did not forget about PM Color Splash.
I NEED TO PLAY THIS DEMO
Oh c'mon, why are they only allowing 500 people?
One day, E3 demos will be streamed directly to your home, and it will be glorious.
Until then, if you don't live in the USA you're completely screwed, whilst if you are in the USA, you have to pay/wait in line all day for a few measly minutes of gameplay.
Nintendo should rather drop it on the e-shop. But yeah, Nintendo...
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