E3 2014: Zelda Wii U Trailer Was Actual Gameplay

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma says, "That really is actual gameplay on Wii U."


Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma wrote on Miiverse this week to say that the impressive The Legend of Zelda Wii U demo shown off at E3 this week was actual gameplay footage.

"Many people from the media kept asking me if the footage from the new Zelda game for Wii U is just a promotional movie, but that really is actual gameplay on Wii U," Aonuma said. He didn't say, however, if the entire Zelda Wii U trailer was actually gameplay or if only a part of it was.

The trailer shows Link escaping from a terrifying monster, dashing through a riverside environment on his steed. The video features fire, water, and destrution effects, all of which look quite nice.

Aonuma went on to boast about the game's scope, saying, "I wasn't kidding about how you will be able to reach the mountains that appear in the distance if you should choose to!"

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U launches in 2015. GameSpot editor Peter Brown writes, "If Nintendo can deliver on its promise, fans of the Zelda series won't need to worry about the future of the console-size Zelda games. It might even end up being the killer Wii U title that everyone has been asking for."

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209 comments
mr_azim
mr_azim

Cel shading is such a scam....... it's an easy way to sell simple shading/textures as a type of "stylistic" game.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Cutscenes ARE gameplay in this context. They simply meant its not CGI, which is kinda obvious even though it's gorgeous.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

Some of these comments are rather amusing, so many judgements based off a very short trailer.
One guy below basically already rated the game, I mean wow. I played both SS, and Twilight Princess which were both excellent. I have a feeling Nintendo will not let us down with this one.

narbo2ooo
narbo2ooo

Thank you skyrim for raising the bar in open world gameplay so that lazy Nintendo peeps can keep up with u

caitseith
caitseith

I'm still kinda skeptical about to "legit gameplay" footages in the E3 events (even if it's from Nintendo). It isn't like we haven't been fooled before.

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

"He didn't say, however, if the entire Zelda Wii U trailer was actually gameplay or if only a part of it was."

hope the camera on that beautifull landscape is 100% free turn-/move-/tiltable (and a bit zoomable).., otherwise if you can only move/turn link (like in Zedla SS or TP/Wii), it would be pitty.. (and if the cameras are "fix" then the game is already half dead..)


expect the camera to be atleast like in Zelda SS or TP/Wii.., BUT really hope it will be like in Zelda WW HD Remake.. 

resp. being able to freely turn/move the camera freely is important (!) for the "open roaming thru the beautifull landscapes" feeling.., 

(a 1-persvon view option while ridding Epona would be epical too.., otherwise hope the dont forget to add an "invert axsis" option)

olgrateful2
olgrateful2

Again with the cartoon rehash of wind waker. Twilight princess was the best looking Zelda game ever and yet they seem intent to continue down this cartoonish road. Ocarina of time and twilight princess had the best stories, the best gameplay, and the best graphics/stylings (style-wise for ocarina but overall for twilight). What happened to the overhyped trailer originally out out for Zelda to demonstrate the "capabilities" of the system. Not only does it not live up to the original trailer (they never do) it doesn't even look remotely similar. If Link weren't iconic on his own no one could tell the two trailers were from the same game. What happened to realism? This is a back step (not worse just what I consider negligible improvement) even more so than skyward sword (twilight looked 10X better) in terms of graphics considering this is a new console.

locknuts84
locknuts84

The field and stuff looked great, but that Aonuma guy at the beginning was totally realistic!

Jarten
Jarten

Looks pretty nice. Even if it isn't gameplay as some people are saying. I'm not really sure which it is but I like it. One thing about it though is that the thing that Link is fighting at the end instantly made me think of the robot from the Incredibles. Not a bad thing, was just a thought.

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

This may not be actual gameplay, but it is most certainly the in-game graphics.  NIntendo always uses the in-game engine for all cutscenes. Expect the gameplay to look just like the E3 video.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Maybe it's rendered in game, but it's definitely a very small portion of the game. If they had it fully finished, no way it'd run that well.

kuchiki-ness
kuchiki-ness

technically speaking it can be gameplay (and it is) it has nothing new or powerful its easy to get that look with cell shaded, look at other xbox/pc/ps3 lastgen games that are similar like, borderlands or rage i think this zelda its a mix up of those art styles/engines but with better artdirection of stye (and more light) and if what they say its true that wii u is just a little bit more powerful than ps3/xbox360 well thats a game that easily is all ingame graphics cause it easy to pull out nice graphics of cell-shaded than a photo-realistic game, i dont see the big deal here, nintendo is famous for his well use of art/beauty in his underpowered consoles, but wii u its above the past gen that pull out borderlands or rage wich are so good looking games.

garywood69
garywood69

Of course it's gameplay. Or something very close to it. Nintendo have hardly ever relied on cg trailers when it comes to promoting their games.
The graphics aren't a huge improvement over mario 3d world or mario kart 8 and given that this is probably the biggest project for the Wii U so far, it's entirely realistic that that's in-game footage. 

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Actual gameplay? Okay, because I always trust videos shown at E3.

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

This is game play? I'm calling bullshit.

amar1234
amar1234

This is it I think the Zelda game i been waiting for ever since link to the past blew my mind, ( and to a lesser degree Ocarina of time which also was  great). The modern zelda games have been unimpressive to me if you compare to the games available now and to the feeling evoked in me when i first played link to the past and ooT. The main difference was the exploration and some what non linearity (you had on how you wanted to progress) which twilight princess didn't haven , couldn't even be bothered to play skyward sword. Bottom line zelda needs to keep itself u to date with the kinds of action rpgs we can play now. And do it without loosing its charms (for eg a talking link would never work, but he needs to be more customizable).

prime_l
prime_l

Sorry, but I'm  a little jaded on this subject. Watch Dogs and Alien's was apparently 'gameplay'. Also, anyone remember that gorgeous screenshot of Link battling Ganondorf on the Gamecube? Then they released Wind Waker. 

And before someone moans, I'm not saying it was a bad game. It was just far from what we were promised originally. Sincerely, I hope I'm wrong. This could save WiiU.

Ovirew
Ovirew

The trailer is the actual gameplay?  So then, a dude will sit and talk in the foreground for most of the game, and then show a little bit of footage?  XD

gino_pachino
gino_pachino

Ok i must be dump but is this zelda  the same as the "dynasty warrior zelda"?  Are they making 2 zelda ? because this one look so different then the hyrule warrior zelda  i dont understand ....this version look so better then the hyrule warrior (look more a actual Zelda game )

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

If this is actual gameplay and it looks like this or better when it's released it could shut up those who make fun of the Wii U for lacking power because that footage on the trailer is breathtaking

untouchables111
untouchables111

Looks like this game is gonna bring back the old Zelda days. If that happens looks like in getting a Wii u.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@mr_azim

I know right? How dare a developer utilize a style that tends to be easier to animate and develop which results in lower production costs, that doesn't require as much processing power which leads to lower required storage and not as much power consumption on the consoles, as well as overall looking more creative and charming along with aging extremely well? 


Just waste all your money and resources on realistic visuals because that's where it's at, a style that ages significantly faster and easily highlights any graphical infidelities along with being much harder to generate and costs much more money to pull off.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@narbo2ooo

Thank you The Legend of Zelda for being one of the first open world games so that games like Skyrim can exist. 

LOWJ000
LOWJ000

@narbo2ooo 

Thank You Nintendo for not abiding with the lazy excuses for NPCs who  refuse to help under pretext that they took arrows to the knees!

vackillers
vackillers

@ninboxstation  What I'm guessing was at the very end where it kind of snaps to link running on his horse on the bridge and he jumps up and fires his arrow was all in-game CGI, but the rest of it as hes running away from that monster might be gameplay. I'll remain skeptical until I see more of it though, but like with almost every game at E3 this year. Skeptical about almost everything that was supposed to be real gameplay, some of it just didn't look like it and we've all been duped before

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@olgrateful2 

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@ "Twilight princess was the best looking Zelda game ever"

I agree, besides the best amospheres and one of the best Zelda soundtracks (besides cooler characters than SS...)

@ "This is a back step (not worse just what I consider negligible improvement) even more so than skyward sword (twilight looked 10X better) in terms of graphics considering this is a new console."

I do not agree, 

the new Zelda is going towards "painting" and "surreal" feeling (with a touch of animé..), TP also felt "surreal" and had moments, it's beauty felt like a painting

isimitaiwo
isimitaiwo

@olgrateful2 well those games dont look good now , windwaker still looks good to this day. and the most polished of all zelda games. and the demo they showed(E3 2012) was a tech demo nintendo said that on that day and a several months later they said the graphic will look nothing like that. all zelda games stories are great,all are memorable but windwaker just stands out more. just calm down and enjoy the when it comes out(which i know you will) :)

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@rickphoenixxx

Just like how a lot of people thought MarioKart 8's E3 video was just CGI, then we saw first hand that the game allowed us to make our races look just like how the E3 trailer did.

consolehaven
consolehaven

It may have been mistranslated and meant in game footage. I would actually love having the ability to pull back the camera on a whimsy and have a panoramic shot of the world around. That's what I miss most from games that had pre rendered backdrops.

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@amar1234 So, for a Zelda game to work it shouldn't be a Zelda game? Why does everyone seem to want to make Zelda into Skyrim?

stewedyeti
stewedyeti

@prime_l It's been over a decade since they showed that tech demo at Spaceworld. How can you not understand that by now? 

sHaDyCuBe321
sHaDyCuBe321

@prime_l The Spaceworld demo was just that a tech demo. It was supposed to show what the GC was capable of. At no point in time did anyone say that the next Zelda would look like the tech demo. 


And this is Nintendo. Nintendo doesnt downgrade graphics.

QuadDamage85
QuadDamage85

@prime_l This is Nintendo, not Activision or Ubisoft.  Nintendo doesn't do the whole bait and switch bullcrap the big developers pull.  It's just not their style, and they honestly can't afford to do it anyway since most fans of the big boys are a bunch of lemmings.

prime_l
prime_l

@gino_pachino Think of Hyrule Warriors as a spin off, and E3 2014 Zelda as the real deal :)

prime_l
prime_l

@willjohnboy lol. Conversations would go like this.


Guy 1: "Wii U is under powered"

Other guy "Zelda"

olgrateful2
olgrateful2

Old zelda implies ocarina of time. Looks like a cartoon, no former realism has been retained. A return to wind waker is all I see.

olgrateful2
olgrateful2

I will enjoy it still, you're right in that regard. And I know that trailer was never representative of any title, but instead a demo. I still thought it implied a direction. I just don't think it looks good, and not because the graphics aren't top of the line, but because of the style they chose. I thought the general consensus on wind waker was it was a really fun game but looked nothing like a Zelda game should look like. Twilight still looks good so I don't see eye to eye with you on that. I Would have rather seen that remastered in hd than wind waker.

isimitaiwo
isimitaiwo

@mirage_so3 @amar1234 what are you talking about? elder scrolls was inspired by zelda. as you heard from eiji, he wanted to bring zelda back to its roots.and that having the freedom like the first zelda on the NES

olgrateful2
olgrateful2

Just like the original hd trailer showed the wii u "capabilities". What a joke, it's just slightly less bait an switch because they say it's a demonstration of what's possible. Then they feed us cell-shaded garbage. I'm no graphics snob, but f wind waker and f cell-shading. This should be in-game graphics, any less and it looks worse than skyward sword (which was already a step back from twilight princess). Nintendo might as well put Link's green hat on Mario since they clearly want to make zelda into a cartoon.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

@olgrateful2 I gotta stop you there...this new zelda looks nothing like windwaker..the only thing they have in common is cellshading. While This new Zelda Does use a cell shaded style its more the art style thats driving it and what i see is a completely different art style than windwaker.

olgrateful2
olgrateful2

Really even the world looks decent. The character models for links and the enemies just doesn't look good.