Nintendo reveals its expanded plans for E3 today, announcing that in addition to Zelda, the Nintendo Treehouse will be previewing several other games.
Nintendo‘s previous E3 plans may have been “All Zelda, All the Time,” but it appears like those plans have changed. In a press release put out by Nintendo this morning, in relation to news regarding Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, several additional games were confirmed to be showcased during Nintendo’s Treehouse livestream. That livestream will run for two days during E3, on both June 14 and June 15, joining Nintendo’s Zelda-specific booth on the E3 show floor.
That sums up Nintendo’s E3 presence for 2016: a Zelda demo booth on the show floor and the two-day Nintendo Treehouse stream. Nintendo still has no plans for a press conference or Nintendo Direct event like it has done in past year, nor has it revealed any plans to extend its demos beyond The Legend of Zelda‘s upcoming Wii U iteration. The only plans that have changed will be the featuring of additional games during the Nintendo Treehouse livestream, as well as its expansion into a second day of livestreaming.
What will the Nintendo Treehouse livestream be showcasing then? Here’s the list of games which will be previewed during E3:
- The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
- Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon
- Monster Hunter Generations
- Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Zelda and Pokemon will both be featured on the June 14 livestream, with live gameplay from both games — that’s the first live gameplay of the two Pokemon titles. The other three games will all be shown on the June 15 livestream. There will also be a special Pokemon GO developer Q&A on June 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT.
June 14 will be dedicated to Nintendo’s first party titles and June 15 to Nintendo’s closest partners. And, of course, all of the games are previously announced titles for either the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. There doesn’t appear to be any plans, or room for new plans, to reveal any new Nintendo console details or games which could be planned for the new platform. Though perhaps we can at least assume that the absence of any announcements means Nintendo’s investing all of its new development into NX launch window titles.
Hopefully Nintendo’s E3 change in plans is a result of fan disappointment. There are a lot of Wii U and 3DS owners out there who aren’t ready to give up on the platforms just yet and are clearly frustrated with Nintendo’s seeming shift towards platforms that have yet to even be publicly unveiled. Providing some love to a few big games still planned for release on Wii U and 3DS, in addition to Zelda and Pokemon, is easy to do via livestream and everyone comes out a winner.
Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3! coverage begins at 9:00 a.m. PT on June 14 with The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Pokemon Sun and Moon. It will continue on June 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT with a Pokemon GO Q&A, as well as coverage of Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE!