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After Nintendo first announced it would only showcase a single game on the E3 show floor this year, many fans expressed an initial doubt over the company's decision. Despite promises of "complete immersion" within the hotly anticipated title known then as Zelda U, these fans weren't sure if Nintendo could sustain attention with only one game in the spotlight. Luckily, as those show floor doors opened and hungry fans rushed to play the freshly announced Breath of the Wild, Nintendo's booth exceeded all expectations. 

The company did not merely show off a brand new game for the first time, it provided a fully realized experience that placed attendees directly into the expansive world of this new Zelda title. Nintendo's booth offered fans a kingdom's worth of sights, sounds, and surprises, extending far beyond the game itself. So, join us as we take you on a comprehensive tour of Nintendo's Breath of the Wild booth at E3 2016...

E3 2016 has come and gone and with that we have a slew of information about the next big Zelda adventure, Breath of the Wild. There were well over 10+ hours’ worth of streamed content for everyone this E3 plus all the in person experiences with the demo. So far we’ve seen at least a dozen interviews pop up with likely even more on the way. So, what exactly do we know about this title...

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We've arrived at our first episode of the Zelda Informer Podcast after the whirlwind of information that hit us during E3 2016. There is a lot to go over, but before I get into what we cover this week I wanted to note that we do not talk about our E3 bets in this episode due to Alfred having internet issues and quite honestly due to my life being so busy I have not been able to compile the results just yet.

That being said it's no surprise we're talking about Breath of the Wild and you honestly should be expecting us to talk a lot about this game each week as we get closer and closer to release, given that new news about the game is going to be trickled out over time. We also get to talk about the some interesting news in regards to the NX and a small tidbit on the future of the Zelda series after Breath of the Wild releases...

While Mario Kart 7 and Rhythm Heaven Megamix topped the charts for this week, Zelda had some titles up there as well. Oracle of Ages took 3rd place, Oracle of Seasons took 5th, and Majora's Mask 3D took 6th. Two other titles landed in 15th and 16th: A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time 3D respectively. This is probably due to the Summer of Zelda sale which saw a reduced price for each of these Zelda games...

Hey folks! So during E3 I started a bit of a new series called Zelda Informer Plays. Zelda Informer Plays is a video series that features folks from Zelda Informer playing Zelda games. How original, right? It won't be a traditional let's play type of series or even a video walkthrough. Rather it will be clips from the Zelda games we're playing at the time that show off something we find interesting - be it boss fights, item uses, or just interesting stuff in general. What better way to kick off Zelda Informer Plays than with us playing Breath of the Wild...

Breath of the Wild is the recently re-announced Zelda title coming out of Nintendo for both the Wii U and NX. I’m sure everyone has heard about it given it was the most talked about game during E3 week. There has been a lot of praise going around for the title from all corners of the internet, with some small pockets of criticism here and there over various aspects. No game can truly please everyone, as they say.

That being said, on the surface it’s easy to say that this title is hardly innovative. It uses ideas and gameplay concepts present in dozens of other games but are only appearing for their first time in the Zelda franchise. So sure, it’s brand new to the Zelda franchise, but it’s not really that impressive in the grand scheme of video games. Is that that true, though...

E3 was a pretty massive whirlwind. As crazy as it must have been for onlookers, it was nuts out there on the show floor. I am positive the Zelda Informer crew got to play Breath of the Wild more than anyone but Nintendo Treehouse employees. We went from waiting in lines and showing up many hours early to the show floor each day to eventually gaining access to the VIP area, playing Breath of the Wild without any waiting times. In total I’d say I personally have played the game for roughly 3 hours and 40 minutes.

I still haven’t fully settled in at home since today is Father’s day, but before I get into any impressions or long winded editorials about various aspects of the game (and yes, I actually caught up on all the coverage each night of E3, including staying up until 3am before going back to the show floor watching the Treehouse footage), I thought it would be really neat to track all the rumors we have heard before this E3 and see which ones came true and which one’s tanked… and naturally ones we aren’t sure of just yet...

Hello, our excitable Zelda fanatics! We're nearly done with one of the most exciting E3 weeks in recent history, but surely we still need a Photoshop Contest to finish the week off correctly. Breath of the Wild offers a unique open-world experience unlike any Zelda game we've seen before, with a massive map to explore and countless secrets to find. At this point, every possibility should be considered. So this week, let's populate Breath of the Wild's expansive new world with our Photoshop predictions, as well as follow-up on last week's contest: E3 2016 Surprises and Predictions...

This particular E3 was very different for me. As Managing Editor of Zelda Informer, it was my job to "steer the ship" so to speak, because our Editor-in-Cheif Nathanial Rumphol-Janc would be on-location with the E3 crew. For the first time in a very long time, Zelda Informer was without its captain during this hectic conference. By the way, this was the biggest Zelda blowout we've seen yet. What a time for Nate to leave...

This E3 certainly has been massive. There has been tons of information on Zelda, not only in Eiji Aonuma talking about where he wants the series to go from this point out, but also in terms of news on the upcoming game Breath of the Wild...