'The Legend of Zelda' release date: game takes over Nintendo's E3 presentation


With Nintendo already confirming that they will be highly involved in this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), fans are already expecting a lot of goodies from the company specifically with regard to the Wii U version of “The Legend of Zelda.”

The publisher is making a spectacle out of the iteration’s debut given that the anticipation from fans has been steadily rising for quite some time now. The showcase, titled “Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3” will occupy at least two full days of E3’s three-day event which will be held next week.

The E3 2016 presentation is geared for a June 14 kick-off at 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET) with the Wii U version of the aforementioned title as the main focus. For quite some time, there was buzz suggesting that Nintendo may also show a sneak peek of the Nintendo NX version of the game but it seems highly unlikely as the upcoming console is still being kept tightly under wraps.

While Nintendo’s stint will focus most of its spotlight on “The Legend of Zelda” for the Wii U, latest reports reveal that the Japanese company is also preparing to throw in some tidbits about other titles that they have in their pipeline. Kotaku reports that Nintendo has added a showcase for the live gameplay of “Pokmon Sun” and “Pokmon Moon” which will be shown on the first day of E3 2016.

The next day, there will be a series of presentations involving upcoming releases for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Fans can expect some word with regard to “Monster Hunter Generations,” “Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past” and “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.” The day will also hold a “Pokmon GO” panel at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET).

Nintendo has also revealed that the two-day program, which includes the new “The Legend of Zelda” and the first look for “Pokmon Sun” and “Pokmon Moon,” will be streamed live. Those unable to make it in person can view the presentations on Nintendo’s E3 website, their official YouTube page and their official Twitch account.

E3 2016 is set to take place in Los Angeles and will run from June 14 to 16.