Nintendo announces new Zelda game ‘Breath of the Wild’

The Japanese video game maker unveiled ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ at E3

Nintendo has announced the latest instalment in its Legend of Zelda video game series.

The Japanese video game maker unveiled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at its conference at annual gaming convention E3, which takes place in Los Angeles.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, said the game was “one of the biggest experiences ever created by Nintendo”.

The latest Legend of Zelda game, Tri Force Heroes, was released on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld last year. The last Zelda home console game was 2011’s Skyward Sword, released for Nintendo Wii.

An introductory trailer for Breath of Wild shows Zelda’s hero Link exploring an open world environment, taming a horse, cooking food, hunting and crafting.

“It’s an entirely new format for a Zelda game,” said Fils-Aime.

A new Zelda game was first previewed at 2013’s E3. Last year, producer Eiji Aonuma said that the game had been delayed from its original 2015 launch window.

In April, Nintendo announced that the game had been delayed until 2017 in order to launch simultaneously on Wii U and Nintendo’s newest console, code-named the NX.

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that they are planning to produce animated films featuring their iconic video game characters.