When Nintendo first announced the most ambitious game in The Legend of Zelda series - the upcoming The Legend of Zelda for Wii U - it's safe to say that the fanbase got pretty whipped up about it.
The first game in the series to be made with HD graphics, The Legend of Zelda Wii U will encompass the biggest map ever seen in the games - moving the dungeon explorer closer towards being fully realised as a true open world game thanks to the advanced capabilities of the Wii U system.
Open World Tech Delaying The Release?
The Legend of Zelda games have always involved exploring open-world areas and navigating dungeons but never with this kind of scope before, and The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma says that's all down to the Wii U:
"A huge, seamlessly unfolding world is something that can't be achieved if the hardware isn't advanced enough. Ever since we made the very first generation of Legend of Zelda games though, we've had as large a world as can be realized with the hardware, so you could say it was inevitable that we've now done the same with the new Wii U title."
And so the 2015 release date was pushed back from last year into an unspecified time in 2016 due to "new possibilities" being discovered for the game as the developers played with the new technology and figured out how best to apply it to The Legend of Zelda framework.
So though we didn't get to see any footage screened at 2015's E3 as we had been hoping, a new report of a leaked promotional video has surfaced from GamerPros who claim to have seen the promo video themselves (though they didn't publish the video "out of respect for Nintendo, our source, and other parties involved", that and the copyright issue).
The Promotional Video Targets Parents
So according to GamerPros the promotional video, which apparently is designed to cater to parents, is entitled First Draft - so it's unlikely to be the finalised video that we'll see when Nintendo get around to releasing it.
Targeting both parents and children makes sense as The Legend of Zelda - like other Nintendo franchises [Pokémon](tag:2538552) and Super Mario - span generations. The younger generation of parents in their 20s - 30s are the ones who grew up with the series, and the children themselves are the primary target audience for the new games. But nostalgia permeates the series, so they appeal to players both young and old.
The video itself is said to feature gameplay footage from classic games The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and A Link to the Past, with a focus on the relationship between a father and daughter.
This of course isn't the first time Nintendo have used this advertising tactic, who doesn't remember the heartbreaking adorable trailer featuring the late Robin Williams and his daughter, the aptly named Zelda Williams?
Okay, now that we've stopped crying at the Williams advert, here's the description from GamerPros:
"The [father and daughter] watch the clips together, and at one point, the little girl asks, 'Can I be a hero like Link?' She even attempts to put together her own makeshift Link costume, but fails and is left discouraged. Her dad then steps in with Link’s classic green garb, along with a wooden sword and shield, with the latter having a golden Hylian Crest engraved on it. She then lies down in bed in full-on Link garb, seemingly content with a smile on her face. The video then fades to white.
'A New Generation Begins' then appears on the screen, leading into the Legend of Zelda logo, although no subtitle is given. It ends with Nintendo’s 'Only on Wii U” screen.'"
That's... kinda great. Whether or not it's actually a promo for The Legend of Zelda Wii U or something else (GamerPros posit that it could be "a Zelda anthology collection to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary" for the Wii U - which would be amazing) it's a nice way of setting up the new release and means that there could be big news coming soon.
Don't make us wait too long Nintendo, there's a new generation of adventuring to be done.