The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Could Define the System

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Could Define the System

Nintendo’s approach to E3 2014 resulted in something rarely seen these days: positivity from the masses. At its core, the Direct was pretty strong on fan service, but that’s exactly what Nintendo needed to do. From the charming animated idents, to the behind-the-scenes look into games, it all felt very humble. It didn’t hurt that Nintendo took advantage of the momentum the Wii U has gained in the last few months and ran with it by showing/revealing some big things.

It’s undeniable that a new Legend of Zelda on the Wii U is a major deal. While Nintendo has provided a number of decent titles for their system–Mario Kart 8 included–a NEW Legend of Zelda is a whole new deal. There’s a sense of prestige to the Legend of Zelda series; they don’t simply release an entry, they grace a system with an entry. It’s almost like the library of Wii U first-party titles has led up to this moment, this announcement, this new Zelda title.


It seems like a bold statement, even more so on the back of the fantastic Mario Kart 8 and the current hype train for Smash Bros., but Zelda Wii U transcends them both. It’s a definitive Wii U video game–an epic experience that makes use of everything the Wii U has to offer. While Mario Kart and Smash Bros. supply never-ending thrills, there’s still a huge gap in the Wii U’s library for an epic experience, a gap perfectly suited for this brand new Legend of Zelda title.

There’s also the slight feeling that the Legend of Zelda Wii U could give the system the sense of legitimacy it’s missing in the eyes of some. Every entry in the franchise that has released on a home console has almost certainly defined the respective system. Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask are often two games that come to people’s minds as soon as the Nintendo 64 is mentioned. With the Gamecube, Wind Waker sails into their hearts and minds. While Nintendo’s E3 Direct wasn’t all about The Legend of Zelda, it could become the game that defines the system, and just maybe, the game that changes the detractors’ minds.

Sean Halliday

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