Nintendo offers players more freedom than ever before in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s next great groundbreaking adventure. The game marks a new pinnacle in the series, and today Nintendo showcased the vast and vibrant world in the Wii U version of the game for the first time at E3, the video game trade show in Los Angeles. The game is packed with surprises and challenges for players, who can freely explore the huge world.

Today, Nintendo gave fans a sneak peek to show how The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes the series to the next level. At the Nintendo booth at E3, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of the game. Attendees who decide to visit Hyrule can chart their own course in the game, as the world is so vast and players are not forced to follow a predetermined path. The feeling of absolute freedom in a vast world will be even better in the full version of the game, where the experience is not limited as in the demo version that can be played at E3.

During a demonstration in Nintendo Treehouse: Live, Nintendo showed that the heroic Link has to be resourceful when he explores the world around him. It’s important for players to become familiar with their surroundings so they can find or collect weapons after enemies drop them. By eating, Link can replenish his hearts and can temporarily increase a certain power or ability.

Nintendo offers players more freedom than ever before in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The game leaves behind certain traditions from the series. For example, you no longer encounter smaller enemies everywhere, because many now live in groups. Link can climb towers and giant structures to observe the surroundings. He can even climb mountains. You can reach the top of any mountain you can see. Link can float to lowlands or use his shield as a sled to zoom down a mountainside. The legendary hero will have to travel through fields, forests and mountain areas.

The world Link explores is very dynamic and the player must adapt to changing conditions. Changes in weather and temperature can affect the environment, so Link must use different skills to survive. A sudden downpour can put out a blazing campfire, and Link’s metal weapons can attract lightning when there’s a thunderstorm. Players may need to look for warm clothes or garments that will allow them to brave the desert heat.

Nintendo offers players more freedom than ever before in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In the game you will encounter more than a hundred temples, which players can explore whenever they want. In these temples, players must avoid traps and solve puzzles. There are also special items and other rewards that players can use during their journey. The puzzles in the game can often be solved in different ways. Moreover, you come across secrets everywhere. Discovering and exploring make an important contribution to the fun in this game.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is slated to release simultaneously for both Wii U and Nintendo’s next system (codenamed NX) in 2017. It is also possible to use amiibo (sold separately) in-game. Nintendo has announced a new series of companion amiibo figures, including Link with a bow and arrow (archer), Link on horseback (rider) and a Guardian – the first amiibo with moving parts. The Wolf-Link amiibo, already available, can also be used in-game. If you tap a Wolf-Link amiibo against the Wii U GamePad, Wolf-Link will single-handedly take on enemies and help players on the hunt. Wolf-Link has three hearts unless game data from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is stored on the amiibo. In that case, Wolf-Link gets the number of hearts from that stored data. Wolf-Link disappears as soon as he runs out of hearts.

Nintendo offers players more freedom than ever before in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Although Nintendo is focusing mainly on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3, Pokémon fans could also admire live gameplay from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon this morning. These games represent the seventh and latest era in the main Pokémon series. These games* for Nintendo 3DS family systems feature new Pokémon, a new Pokédex, a new region and a new battle mechanic, enhancing the Pokémon experience on almost every level.

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, players will experience a new adventure as a Pokémon Trainer. They can catch, defeat and trade new Pokémon in the Alola Region, which consists of four tropical islands full of flora and fauna and an artificial island. Players can choose one of three new Partner Pokémon (Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio) and they can unravel the secret behind the Legendary Pokémon (Solgaleo and Lunala).

Nintendo offers players more freedom than ever before in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be released in Europe on November 23. You can find more information about these games at pokemon.nl/SunMoon. You can find a video about today’s announcements at youtube.com/PokemonOfficial.

Anyone who wants to stay up to date with Nintendo’s activities at E3 can follow Nintendo Treehouse: Live on Nintendo’s Twitch channel. Today’s broadcast will be dedicated to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. On Wednesday, June 15, you can catch the last day of Nintendo Treehouse: Live from E3 starting at 7:00 PM CEST. The day will focus on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games that have been previously announced, including Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (release date June 24), Monster Hunter™ Generations by Capcom (release date July 15), Paper Mario: Color Splash ( release date October 7) and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (released in 2016). Viewers will also be treated to footage from a new Mario Party game for Nintendo 3DS. That game contains new additions and adjustments, which speed up the pace of the game and make the software more playable on handheld systems. This way players no longer have to wait for their turn, because all players move at the same time. Mario Party Star Rush will be released in Europe on October 7.

On October 7, Nintendo will also add new amiibo to the Super Mario series in Europe. The collection will be expanded with amiibo figures of Daisy, Waluigi and Boo. By the way, the Boo amiibo glows in the dark! There will also be amiibo figures with new poses from Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. On October 7, Boo, Donkey Kong, Rosalina and Wario will be released first. Waluigi, Diddy Kong and Daisy will follow on November 4.

Nintendo offers players more freedom than ever before in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Fans can get up to 50% off select popular games in Nintendo eShop until June 23.** Dozens of games have been temporarily reduced in price, including several games in The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon series, as well as a number of Virtual Console games. games. In addition, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available until June 21, 11:59 PM CET on Nintendo eShop with a 35% discount. Nintendo Account users who have signed up for Nintendo’s promotional emails will also receive an additional 10% ‘For you!’ discount, which amounts to a total discount of 41%.*** more information about these offers and about the possibility to buy games directly on the website.

You can find more information about Nintendo’s activities at E3 at http://www.nintendo.nl and on the Nintendo of America website at http://e3.nintendo.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NintendoNL.

Nintendo offers players more freedom than ever before in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild