Nintendo disappointed their fans greatly when they announced that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was delayed to 2016. To make matters worse, they confirmed that the game wasn't even going to be shown at this year's E3 2015 event. However, even though the next premiere Zelda won't see the light of day until next year, Nintendo did show off a couple of other Zelda titles during their E3 2015 Digital Event.
One of the Zelda titles shown at E3 2015 was known ahead of time. Hyrule Warriors Legends was leaked for 3DS last week, but today Nintendo officially announced the game, showing off its gameplay and new characters, mostly pulled from the Wind Waker style Zelda games. However, the other Zelda game shown during Nintendo's E3 event was a surprise in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes. Fans of the franchise can look forward to playing The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes on their Nintendo 3DS beginning in fall of 2015.
Triforce Heroes has the exact art style of the critically-acclaimed 3DS title A Link Between Worlds, and a very similar gameplay style as well. Players control Link through top-down dungeons, solving puzzles and battling enemies that have been mainstays in the franchise since the beginning. However, Triforce Heroes has an added twist to help it stand apart from A Link Between Worlds.
That added twist is the incorporation of 3-player co-op. With each player controlling a different version of Link, they can explore the dungeons together, utilizing a variety of co-op maneuvers to solve unique puzzles and challenges. For example, they can stand on top of each other to create a "totem" structure in order to hit switches that would otherwise be out of reach.
Besides co-op, Triforce Heroes features a variety of costumes that Link can be outfitted with to give him special abilities. It looks like Link's trademark spin attack is now being relegated to an outfit called the Spin Attack Attire, and another costume, the Lucky Loungewear, lets Link avoid taking damage when an enemy initially attacks. These new outfits will come in handy when dealing with the game's enemies and numerous boss battles.
With the lack of the Wii U Zelda at this year's E3 event, it was nice to see one of Nintendo's biggest franchises represented at least in some form. With not one, but two Zelda titles officially announced for 3DS, hopefully these new handheld adventures can tide fans over until Zelda on Wii U launches at an undetermined point next year.
Zelda was also joined by other key Nintendo franchises during their E3 Digital Event, such as Mario, Metroid, Star Fox, Animal Crossing, and more. However, most of these games are not what fans have come to expect from these franchises in the past, with the new Metroid Prime featuring a focus on 3v3 eSports multiplayer instead of building an atmospheric, engrossing world, resulting in a mixed reception to Nintendo's E3 2015 Digital Event.
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes will be available in fall of 2015, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.