caballo The Zelda fan-base was collectively vexed when Nintendo made the announcement that Zelda Wii U would no longer be released in 2015 nor be shown at this year’s E3, but Nintendo may be applying a bandage to at least one of these sore wounds. Zelda publication The Hidden Triforce was tipped off by a GameStop employee who overheard his store’s Nintendo Representative spilling fact after fact about Zelda Wii U, and amassed a nice list of rumors. The game is said to be compatible with several Amiibo, will not place Ganondorf as its main antagonist, and will be shown at E3 with a trailer and official art.
That’s only a taste of these rumors, devour the rest after the jump!

The Hidden Triforce stresses that none of this information has been confirmed by Nintendo (in other words, it may just be another unreliable mouth-run like the Netflix rumors). Here are all of the Zelda Wii U factoids from The Hidden Triforce’s report:

  • Several Amiibo figures will be compatible with Zelda Wii U and using one will give Link a daily item such as a fairy or a potion. Amiibo can only be used once a day.
  • Ganondorf will not be the game’s antagonist. A new villain will take his place, but the game and enemies will connect to the series’ main lore.
  • In order to sustain the Wii U’s momentum, Nintendo has chosen to present official art and a trailer for Zelda Wii U at this year’s E3 conference.
  • The game can be played using the Wii U GamePad or the Wii U Pro Controller. The GamePad can be used to scan areas and allows the player to take notes concerning the environment which can be referenced later.
  • Because the game’s world is so large, there will be a mode of faster transportation much like the addition of the Swift Sail in Wind Waker in addition to the option to ride Epona.
  • The game will revolve around darker themes much like Majora’s Mask. And NPC will have more meaningful experiences with the player as to form emotional connections, similar to some in Twilight Princess.
  • The game will contain Gorons, but no other returning races have been mentioned, though two new races will make an appearance. Enemies in the Overworld will also change dependant on it being day or night.

There you have it, now it’s up to you to decide whether you believe the hype. Do these rumors seem like plausible claims? Do any of these particularly excite you? What are you hoping to see from this maybe E3 trailer? Release your thoughts in the comments!

Source: The Hidden Triforce