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Nintendo at E3 2016: all of the latest news and announcements

No new console this year, but Nintendo is making a really big deal about the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda.

  • Andrew Webster

    Sep 23, 2016

    Andrew Webster

    Nintendo NX: everything we know so far

    Back in April Nintendo announced some big news: the company's next home console, code-named NX, will be launching globally in March 2017. That's a quick turnaround from the Wii U, which launched in November 2012. However, even though it's releasing in less than a year, we know very little about what the NX actually is. Nintendo has been very quiet about what the device will be, but thanks to a number of reports and rumors, we can at least piece together some details on the Wii U's successor.

    The only thing Nintendo has really said about the NX so far is that it will be very different from the company's last two consoles. "I can assure you we're not building the next version of Wii or Wii U," Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said in an interview with Time last year. "It's something unique and different. It's something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base." He also called it "a next step in our dedicated device strategy, the core and primary focus of our business."

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  • Andrew Webster

    Jun 16, 2016

    Andrew Webster

    The Legend of Zelda is the biggest game at E3 because it finally changed

    It’s not really accurate to describe Nintendo’s E3 2016 show floor presence as a booth — it’s more of a shrine. And that shrine is dedicated almost entirely to one thing: the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is launching on both the Wii U and NX some time next year. This year’s showcase in Los Angeles is the first time that the much-anticipated game has been playable by the general public, and Nintendo is using the opportunity to make Breath of the Wild arguably the biggest attraction at E3.

    On the second day of the show, the line to play the game stretched around Nintendo’s massive booth, with a wait time measured in hours. It was so big that there was a line to get into the line. Meanwhile, the inside of the booth was resplendent with massive sculptures, showing off larger-than-life renditions of hero Link and some of the game’s ancient enemies. Zelda was everywhere you looked. When I sat down to chat with Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, even his outfit was in the spirit; he paired a smart plaid blazer with a pair of Zelda-themed Vans sneakers.

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  • Nick Statt

    Jun 15, 2016

    Nick Statt

    Pokémon Go will be available in July for iOS and Android

    Pokémon Go, the augmented reality free-to-play mobile game from Niantic, will be available this July. Nintendo announced the release window during its second-day E3 live stream, but didn't give a concrete day. The company did say the game's accessory, a wrist-worn wearable called Pokémon Go Plus that lets you play the game without using your smartphone, will be available for $34.99. Unfortunately, it won't be quite ready at launch, Nintendo clarified.

    Pokémon Go is an ambitious AR title being developed by Niantic, the makers of Android game Ingress, in conjunction with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. In our first hands-on look at the game earlier this month, we saw exactly how the game incorporates the same real-world exploration elements of Ingress with a pokémon twist. The core gameplay will involve looking through your smartphone camera while the software integrates the digital creatures into the environment.

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  • Rich McCormick

    Jun 14, 2016

    Rich McCormick

    Nintendo's new game is the Zelder Scrolls

    The new Zelda game is called Breath of the Wild, we found out today, and while it's still jam-packed with Zelda series conventions — you still play as blond boy Link, you're still in Hyrule, you still love hurling ceramic pots around — it also seems to represent quite a break with the prescribed paths of previous Zeldas. Breath of the Wild seems to have taken its cues from huge western RPGs like Skyrim, giving Link free reign to run around its huge map, and allowing players to dictate how they approach puzzles, and giving them the chance to plot their own course through the game.

    But that's not the only thing that gives Breath of the Wild an uncanny resemblance to Bethesda's RPG series. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion started its players in a dank dungeon, tasking them with escaping through a sewer system before they busted out of a grate and out into a lush, green world. That memorable moment of transition was replicated in Zelda footage today as a nearly nude Link woke up on a slab — cough cough Planescape: Torment cough cough — and wandered out of his stone chamber to find a vast world stretched before him. The worlds may be different, but the sensation was the same: the ceremonial handing over of the keys to the kingdom, and the freedom to go as far as the horizon stretches.

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  • Chris Plante

    Jun 14, 2016

    Chris Plante

    Nintendo confirms Link’s never nude status

    Midway through Nintendo’s E3 live stream, one of gaming’s oldest and most storied video game publishers answered a question fans have speculated on for eons: is Link a never nude?

    Yes. We now know the protagonist of The Legend of Zelda series is permanently contained by a pair of skintight shorts. Computer: load "Nude Link."

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  • Sam Byford

    Apr 27, 2016

    Sam Byford

    Nintendo confirms new NX console for March 2017 release

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    Nintendo’s mysterious NX console is getting closer. Today the company announced alongside its annual financial results that the NX platform will see a worldwide release in March 2017. Nothing else has been revealed about the system so far, beside Nintendo's claim that it's a "brand-new concept."

    If this seems like an inauspicious way to announce an important new console’s release, know that it’s Nintendo’s modus operandi. The company issued similarly brief press releases ahead of the 3DS and Wii U’s respective reveals, confirming the existence of the platforms but telling investors and the public to wait until E3 for extra information.

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