Nintendo showed up big at The Game Awards last December with trailers, musical performances, and a surprising gameplay demo of Zelda for Wii U starring Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto and Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma. The demo, which wasn’t shown until the very end of the ceremony, was one of the most talked about moments of the night, but as it turns out, it was added in last minute! Host Geoff Keighley revealed that he pushed hard to get something from Zelda at The Game Awards, but it wasn’t until the week of the show that Nintendo came through.
“Nintendo I mean, they had talked about doing a bunch of things with us. They weren’t quite sure what they were gonna do… I was the one that really pushed to do something musical with Mr. Kondo, which I thought would be really kind of cool and special, and they responded to that and liked that idea. The Imagine Dragons thing came in only 2 or 3 weeks before the show that that was gonna happen.
“And yeah Zelda… I mean I was always pushing obviously for Zelda because that would be an amazing moment, that’s the big game everybody wanted to see more of. Many years in the past I’ve asked for Zelda games and they don’t come through, but yeah it was really amazing how it came together. I heard only a couple of weeks before the show that Mr. Aonuma was considering doing something around Zelda, and initially it sounded to me more like he was gonna maybe sort of show a little bit more of the scene from E3 – that short little piece to show that that was real. So I was like, ‘oh, that could be kind of cool.’ But you don’t quite know what you’re going to get. And then yeah, it was like the week of the show they were like, ‘oh, well Mr. Aonuma’s taped a video, Mr. Miyamoto’s in it, it’s about 5 minutes long, and he does like a full demo of the game.’ And I was like, ‘wow’.
“So it was sort of unexpected how much great content was in that, and we were pleasantly surprised. And even when I saw the video, I’m like ‘wow, they’re just like playing the game.’ And I think people really responded to kind of how raw and real that demonstration was… there was something charming I think about the Nintendo presentation because it was just Miyamoto and Aonuma having a conversation… and it was obviously very early in development what they showed, but it was just a slice of the game. And yeah that came together super last minute, but was an amazing moment inside of the show.”
— Geoff Keighley
It’s a good thing for Zelda fans that the presentation was added to The Game Awards, because now that the game is delayed and skipping E3, it could be awhile before we see it again.