Nintendo shocked the video game industry by announcing that they would only be bringing one playable game to the show floor at E3 2016, but that one game made an incredible impact on the conference. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild dominated the show floor as the most talked about, most searched, and most popular game of E3.

Although we’ve only seen the Wii U version of the upcoming
Zelda adventure, it will also be available on Nintendo’s upcoming console, NX. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, a vocal critic of Nintendo’s business decisions in recent years, believes Breath of the Wild will quickly propel the new console to 10 million sales. In a series of comments published by the Associated Press, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime expressed similar sentiments, calling Breath of the Wild a system seller for NX.

“The typical Zelda formula has been going from dungeon to dungeon, beating a variety of different bosses, to get better weapons. The formula has been totally up-ended. You’re in a wide-open space, you can do whatever you want, but your weapons will break over time, you have to find different types of elements to solve puzzles. So, it’s an open-air experience – that’s what we’re calling it – where you as the player can essentially navigate through this wide open world.

“We wanted to focus on this new Zelda experience because we knew that once fans got a chance to play that it would increase their desire for the game. And the fact that we’ll be launching it simultaneously on Wii U and NX (upcoming Nintendo console) really means that we’ve just shared with consumers around the world the system seller or one system seller for NX. So that’s why we’ve focused on it, there’s lots of time to share more details about our upcoming system, but right now it’s all about Zelda.”
— Reggie Fils-Aime

Fils-Aime went on to discuss the underwhelming sales of Wii U and the process of transitioning from Wii U to NX.

“Regarding the Wii U, we have been able to put out a number of highly scoring games, games that consumers want to play, that you can’t play anywhere else. So from that standpoint the system absolutely has been a success, but when you come off from selling the Wii and selling over 100 million systems it’s really tough to lap that performance. What we’re focused on is making sure we have an effective transition from the Wii U, we’re going to have a strong holiday performance, we’ve got games coming for the system and then next year we’ll look forward to the NX.”
— Reggie Fils-Aime

Nintendo’s NX is set to launch in March of next year. Hopefully The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild propels the console to a stronger start than its predecessor.

Source: Associated Press

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