Nintendo has made an official announcement that The Legend of Zelda will be its only playable game this year at E3 2016. From their official press release:
“Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda series. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.“
With the shift in focus at E3 every year and with several major publishers not even holding booths, this is a very bold move for Nintendo. They aren’t even unveiling the NX, which is releasing early next spring. Their focus is purely on Zelda and they hope to provide the most immersive experience possible. Nintendo still hasn’t announced whether they are doing a Direct or if they are doing a press conference this year, but with this news, it is likely they are holding a direct so more people can get right to the convention center and get hands-on with the game. What a great way to celebrate Zelda’s 30th anniversary!