And so another month ticks over with still no news from Nintendo regarding a release date for the long awaited The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U. We do know that it's still set to arrive sometime this year though, as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé reaffirmed the 2016 release date in an interview with IGN last year.
After a long drought of information on The Legend of Zelda front we did get a little tiny teaser towards the end of last year via November 2015's Nintendo Direct, which featured a 13-second snippet of footage from the upcoming game. Here it is again, just in case you missed it the first time round:
It might not seem like much, but there is actually a lot to talk about, and a lot to speculate upon from this little clip. There's the world itself, behind the hills and in the far distance we can see certain iconic landmarks littering the world; Death Mountain can be seen, as can the ocean in the far background at the end of the sequence.
The new world looks super detailed on a level we haven't seen in [The Legend of Zelda](tag:988445) games before. The highly textured grass and animals like birds and goats that react to Link and Epona's presence suggest the new gameplay mechanics may involve greater interaction with the world around you.
But there's something more interesting about Link himself, and the equipment that he carries with him. Specifically the book that he carries on his hip.
So the book appears to have a glowing Sheikah eye design on it, similar to the shield design we saw in the E3 footage (which has been altered in the newer teaser so, take from that what you will).
We haven't seen this item appearing in the series canon before so the properties of the book itself are still unknown, but given its prominent placing it seems reasonable to assume that it's an important item as well as something new being introduced for the Wii U game.
The Sheikah (Shadow Folk) have served as the protectors of the Hylian Royal Family and are prominent in many of The Legend of Zelda games, but this explicit reference suggests that they may have an even more involved role this time around, perhaps even the centrepiece of the story as HMK has speculated.
Does this mean Link will be related to the Sheikah tribe in a more explicit way than before? That would certainly make for an interesting narrative as well as opening up new avenues with regards to abilities and gameplay, possibly even feeding into a new stealth mechanic or the like.
For now we'll just have to wait and see until [The Legend of Zelda Wii U](tag:2725625) releases at an unspecified time this year.