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Nintendo to Allow 500 Fans to Play The Legend of Zelda Early

Nintendo is giving 500 fortunate fans the chance to be the first to play the upcoming Legend of Zelda title this June at its New York store.

June 11 marks what is being called “Super-Fan Signup Day”, an event where the first 500 Nintendo fans in line will be given the opportunity to test out The Legend of Zelda before anyone else. Their early spot in line earns fans a special wristband which can be exchanged for a ticket, guaranteeing them a spot to play the game during selected time slots from June 14 through June 19.

“The six-day free event will begin at noon ET on June 14, when fans will be invited to watch gameplay of The Legend of Zelda live-streamed from Nintendo’s booth at this year’s E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles to the 15-foot gaming screen inside Nintendo NY,” explained Nintendo in a recent statement.

This viewing is to be the world’s first in-depth look at the Zelda title which is looking to provide “something new” to the long-running franchise. At 3PM Eastern Time, the first of the 500 ticket-wielders will begin sampling the game for themselves, getting a taste of Nintendo’s mysterious title before any other fans. Experts will also be on hand to provide guided gameplay demonstrations on the big screen for all to view and enjoy. Several viewers may even get the change to join in, as well as take part in The Legend of Zelda trivia for a chance to win prizes.

The new game, which Nintendo have announced will be its only playable title at E3 2016, will break conventions of previous games, though we’re not sure in what way just yet. While Nintendo is playing its cards close to its chest, rumors are coming in hot and heavy, with one recent report suggesting that The Legend of Zelda will be ported as a launch title to the upcoming NX console.

In the mean time, it seems we’ll have to wait a while to learn more about the latest in the Zelda franchise, though fans that are itching for their Hyrule fix still have the option of playing the recent 3DS remasters. With less than a month until the large-scale gaming event, we’ve put together a list of our Most Anticipated Games of E3 that you should keep an eye out for this year.

The Legend of Zelda is expected to launch sometime in 2017 for the Wii U.

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