Showcasing the new Zelda at the Game Awards Show is one of the smartest things Nintendo has done with Wii U so far.
The Game Awards show, the one that featured Nintendo rather prominently and ended with some brand new Zelda U footage, was arguably a bigger online success story than the entirety of the PlayStation Experience, which took place on Saturday and Sunday.
This breaks my heart. Don’t get me wrong, Luigi’s Mansion is great, but prioritizing that over Metroid? Seriously Nintendo? Why?
Next year is gearing up to be a banner year in gaming. Ten years from now, we may be talking about 2015 in gaming the same way we look back nostalgically at 1998 and 2007. There are a LOT of good games coming out next year, and if you’re a Nintendo fan and Wii U owner, Aonuma’s assurances that Zelda for Wii U will release next year is fantastic news. Nintendo’s profits are soaring now thanks to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire remakes for 3DS. Things are definitely looking up. Nintendo has focused on its core audience with its game releases and it’s starting pay dividends.
The progress on this game looks incredible. Link vaulting himself off Epona and taking out enemies with his bow and arrow in slow-mo dropped my jaw.
What is so cool about watching this is that it seems Miyamoto is seeing this stuff for the first time as well. He’s asking questions as if this is the first time he’s seen the game himself in awhile.
And then Miyamoto adds that the new Starfox for Wii U will be released before Zelda. Both will be coming out in 2015.
You can tell Nintendo is really bending over backwards to please its core fans. Them even having this much of a presence at a game awards show, which is not the norm for them, is evidence of that.
This has been rumored for years. And if memory serves, rumors that Nintendo was going to buy Capcom was where the ‘megaton’ term came from.
That being said, so great and awe-inspiring as it would be that it would make Sony and Microsoft quake in their boots in fear, Nintendo isn’t going to buy Capcom. That would very un-Nintendo.