Nintendo has shown off the first gameplay footage of the latest The Legend of Zelda game on Wii U at the Game Awards.
In the footage, which you can see below, we get a better look at the massive world in which Link finds himself in for the new game. The Sail Cloth returns from Skyward Sword, allowing you to glide across long distances, and Epona is shown off in-depth. In Zelda Wii U (the official title has yet to be confirmed), the game auto-corrects Epona’s course while galloping – preventing the horse from crashing into trees and allowing easier combat while on horseback. You can also jump off her back and enter combat with enemies, which initiates a slow-motion sequence and allows you to fire arrows before hitting the ground.
Integration with the Wii U’s Gamepad is also detailed. The controller will function as a map screen, allowing you to zoom in and out of the world map and also set beacons. Not the most imaginative use perhaps, but it will no doubt be useful considering that the new version of Hyrule looks absolutely massive.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U is currently on course for a release sometime late last year. In the video, Miyamoto confirms that it will be coming after Starfox for Wii U – which perhaps suggests that it won’t be until next Christmas before we venture back to Hyrule.
Check out the footage below. What do you think? Are you looking forward to returning to Hyrule, or do you think that Nintendo should concentrate on new IP or some of its other neglected IP? Let us know.