E3 2014: New Legend of Zelda trailer compared to the 2011 HD tech demo

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Legend of  Zelda’s new trailer from Nintendo press event has everyone talking. It would be the first Zelda title to appear on a next-gen console with HD graphics and an open world. While most fans are over the moon with the new trailer, there are still many fans that are wondering: What happened to the game trailer Nintendo debuted during 2011’s E3?

2011 was Nintendo’s last public press conference, with a decline in Wii sales and huge hype over the Wii U, Nintendo pulled out all the stops to impress dedicated fans and attract hardcore gamers with its new console, toting HD graphics and stronger third-party support. During the event, Nintendo teased a new Zelda game for the Wii U which received a huge reaction from fans who have been anxiously waiting an full HD installment in the franchise. Nintendo even displayed the tech demo on the show floor at their booth.

During 2012’s E3, many noticed the obvious absence of the tech demo that Nintendo showed the previous year. Shigeru Miyamoto revealed during an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the game was still in the research and development stage.

“With the last game, Skyward Sword, that was a game where you had motion control to use your weapons and a lot of different items,” explained the creator of the series. “And I thought that was a lot of fun, but there were some people who weren’t able to do that or didn’t like it as much and stopped playing partway through it. So we’re in the phase where we’re looking back at what’s worked very well and what has been missing and how can we evolve it further.

So we have a number of different experiments going on, and [when] we decide that we’ve found the right one of those to really help bring Zelda to a very big audience, then we’ll be happy to announce it.”

Clearly, the 2011 tech demo was not the option that Nintendo chose to go with.

So tell us what you think! Do you prefer the look of the 2011 tech demo or the new trailer? Let us know in the comment section below.

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