The time has almost come. E3 – the premiere videogame trade show – is just days away, which means the curtain will soon be lifted on dozens of games. Some of them will be known quantities – The Last Guardian, Kingdom Hearts 3, maybe even a new Halo – and others will be total surprises. Of all the games at the show, there’s only one that has me captivated, and that’s The Legend of Zelda for Wii U.
I’ve been a fan of the series for the better part of 20 years (starting with Ocarina of Time around ’98 or ’99), so naturally any new game announcement would be worth my attention. This time, however, there’s something else at play. The people at Nintendo say that they’re going “back to basics” and setting aside the conventions we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. They’re looking at games like Skyrim for inspiration. It’s intriguing stuff, to say the least, but it also means that for the first time in years no one is really sure what to expect.