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Nintendo Treehouse Livestreamed Hours of New Zelda at e3 2016

Nintendo let the press know a few weeks back that their e3 presence was going to be limited almost entirely to a livestream of the new Zelda game, headed for the Wii U and NX in early 2017. As Brad reported on earlier, they announced it as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Thankfully, the game looks to be the best in the series in a long time and may prove to be a breath of fresh air.

The Zelda series is unquestionably one of the most well-regarded in all of video games, although more recent entries have lost the knack for growth, with most coming off as slight improvements of the standard 3D Zelda formula. With the release of A Link Between Worlds on the 3DS in November 2013, Nintendo displayed that they were primed to revisit "set-in-stone" formulas (in that game's case, 2D Zelda tropes) and think differently about them. That mentality appears to have been carried over to development of Breath of the Wild, too.

Almost being presented as a "what-if," Breath of the Wild can be seen as an alternative evolution of the series into 3D. Returning to the roots of the NES titles, this game has an actual open-world, purportedly 12 times larger than Skyrim's! Dungeon-crawling and puzzle-solving will remain a core focus, but players will now have more mysteries to uncover and things to do in the immense realm of Hyrule. If you're so inclined, sit back and watch Nintendo's Treehouse join series producer Eiji Aonuma show off The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.