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In the latest episode of the Kit and Krysta podcast, former Nintendo employees Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang talked a bit about Nintendo’s E3 2016 showcase, which focused solely on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As a matter of fact, it was the only game Nintendo brought with them to the big show that year, and one executive at Nintendo wasn’t happy about it.

While Kit and Krysta don’t name the executive, they do state that this high-up person at Nintendo thought the decision to showcase nothing but Breath of the Wild was a bad move. It also seems that this same executive might not have been a fan of the demo in particular, as it was rather wide-open and just let players explore, rather than giving them a very focused slice of the game to experience.

Hindsight is always 20/20, so we can easily look back now and say the decision was 100% the right way to go. That said, I do remember people being pretty shocked Nintendo went with a single game for E3 2016, but given how things were going for Nintendo at the time, it makes sense. It was a very transitional period, and Nintendo just wasn’t in a place to reveal more yet.

You can see the full episode of the Kit and Krysta podcast that discusses this topic below.

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enthropy

2M ago

I also thought it was a bad idea until I actually saw it. So hey! HEY LISTEN!


ridleysaria

2M ago

Honestly I wasn't all that impressed with the Breath of the Wild demo or Nintendo's E3 that year. The game running on Wii U was pretty rough. Fortunately the final game turned out great on Switch.


kingbroly

2M ago

@ridleysaria

It actually runs slightly better on Wii U.


sligeach_eire

2M ago

@ridleysaria

I disagree completely. It runs perfectly fine on Wii U. Switch allowed a slightly better resolution, that's all.

What Nintendo pulled with BOTW that E3 in hindsight was a sham, they knew what they were at. It was all about Wii U that E3, Switch wasn't even a thing at that point. Once Switch was announced a few months later, coverage of BOTW on Wii U was dropped hotter than a hot snot. Switch got 2 Collector's Editions, Wii U got nada. A right middle finger to the loyal supporters through tough times.

Switch's success while great for Nintendo, and overall. I love Nintendo, they're the best game makers ever, but they're infuriating in so, so many ways, it baffles me. A lot of things are worse now in general, limited cartridge medium, web browser, Virtual Console, paid online, voice chat, a collosal amount of full priced ports(it's a conversation of its own), etc. And yet Nintendo have thrived beyond belief because the Wii U is now fully portable.

Ah, there's a lot to say. You could get into a very deep discussion. This probably isn't the place, or would gain traction.


ridleysaria

2M ago

@kingbroly

Oh crap, I think I might have reported your comment instead of replying to it. I'm sorry if that's what I did.