“The Legend Of Zelda” Wii U has been a subject of controversy lately. In fact, the discussion has gotten so heated that some of its biggest fans are now turning against it. Today, some call the game’s E3 2014 reveal “pathetic” compared to this year’s “The Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” spread.
The news comes to Design & Trend via Nathanial Rumphol-Janc of Zelda Informer. The ardent follower of Link and his pals leveled some harsh criticisms against the upcoming Wii U title.
His argument focused on the increased exposure and hands-on time that press and fans were able to experience with “The Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” this year. At E3 2015, the multiplayer 3DS title made its debut with a full gameplay trailer and an in-depth interview with its creators. The deal was sweetened when, after Nintendo’s Direct presentation, company staff explained the concept in detail during a treehouse live stream.
The point is, whether gamers were interested in it or not, they were able to fully understand what “The Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” was before making a decision about it. That was the argument put forth by the post’s author anyway.
In stark contrast to that is “The Legend Of Zelda” Wii U. While its E3 2014 footage certainly dazzled Nintendo fans around the world, it didn’t offer a clear view of what to expect from Link’s full-fledged console quest. More than anything, it demonstrated the concept’s art style. It never proved anything about how the title would play. Nintendo director Eiji Aonuma sprinkled in lots of fancy phrases like “open world” and “in-engine” to provide some clues, but true hardcore gamers know those terms are marketing speak at best.
There was a full gameplay demo at the Game Awards that showed the studio’s vision in a more direct manner, but even that sneak peek took place mostly off screen. Any follower of the industry knows that designers often leverage that trick when the product being demoed isn’t quite ready for prime time. A fewdelays later, we don’t know much more about “The Legend Of Zelda” Wii U than we did a year ago.
Design & Trend recently published a poll that argued the whole project may have been announced a little bit sooner than it probably should have.
With all these points considered, Rumphol-Janc concludes that “The Legend Of Zelda” Wii U’s reveal was “pathetic” compared to the detailed explanation of its portable counterpart.
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