E3 2014: Legend of Zelda on Wii U is Effing Gorgeous!

Zelda Fans Rejoice: Stunning Graphics Meet Open World Meet Wii U Zelda!

First things first: Check out the in-engine game teaser right here for Wii U Zelda. I chopped out the interview portion. You’re welcome.

I have to admit, I was worried about the new Legend of Zelda game coming to Wii U. Why? Pretty simple: a lot of gamers whine and complain at length that they want Zelda to look “realistic”. I was worried Nintendo would listen to them. Why? Because in my not so humble opinion, realism is boring and unimaginative. It’s no surprise that my favorite graphical style on a Zelda game is the cartoon look from Wind Waker, followed up closely by the watercolor-like style from Skyward Sword. So as you can imagine, I’m pleased as punch about this stunning new look.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to looking absolutely effing amazing, the new Legend of Zelda is also unique in that, for the first time in the franchise’s almost 30 year history, it’ll take place entirely in a huge, open world environment. Some are saying that the new Zelda is sort of a “Zelda meets Skyrim” kind of game, and from the looks of things that description seems pretty apt. As you can see in the teaser, the world is lush and full of motion. Trees and grass blow in the wind. Clouds cast shadows over the land. Butterflies and birds flutter and fly around. Animals dart in and out of the foliage. It’s a stunning presentation just standing still.

But then the motion happens, and oh my god is it glorious. The enemies are huge and fluid, chasing Link across the countryside as he and Epona try to escape. Then BOOM, the enemy tears the bridge apart right before Link can get there, cutting off his escape route. Does this shake Link? Haha–ye who know so little! No, instead Link tosses away his cloak, revealing a bow and arrow. Epona tosses him into the air–and for a moment he seems kinda girlish, but probably not. And midway through his ascent, he knocks his bow and lets loose an explosive arrow. Does he win? Who knows? The trailer ends there. Well, teaser. It’s not really a trailer, but it’s bad ass, any way you slice it.

Oh, and if you have a hankerin’ to see the full reveal trailer, including the game’s director talking about it, here you go.

E3 2014, you’ve met your match!

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