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I'm certainly not the first to say the following, and more than likely won't be the last: the game of E3 2011 is without a doubt The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Despite the fact that such a thing doesn't technically exist yet, and what we think we saw is most definitely not a game. Yet in the end, well, after all the talk of Halo 4, Modern Warfare 4, Playstation Vita, and even Wii U dies down, people will still be talking about this incarnation of Link we just witnessed.

The start of Nintendo's E3 presser was centered on the 25th anniversary of Zelda; one primary message was how every single platform was getting a piece of birthday cake. Skyward Sword (still) for the Wii, and the 3DS remake of Ocarina we knew about already. Link's Awakening for the 3DS Virtual Console and Four Swords for DSiWare were pleasant surprises.

All that was left was something for the still unannounced -- at that point -- console, and perhaps the best was being saved for last. When the Wii U was finally official and being demonstrated, that brief Zelda clip wasn't even addressed, which meant Nintendo was being coy. But instead of the presentation ending on the greatest high-note in the company's history, it just ended.

It would be later revealed that what saw is simply a little something to demonstrate the new system's muscles called Legend of Zelda: The HD Experience. Attendees have been able to fiddle around with this interactive, yet non-playable demo; one can mess around with the camera and lighting, but there's no actual handling of Link.

Again, no formal announcement has been made (the only other bit that may or may not become important later on is how it was based upon Twilight Princess), but you know something is coming -- the key question is if the eventual Zelda game for the Wii U will resemble what we just saw.

I wouldn't be shocked if E3 2011 becomes the next Space World 2000, in which a Zelda prototype for the GameCube was shown, and was eventually scrapped in favor for the game that would become Wind Waker.

From this point forward, primarily for Zelda fanatics, the imagery shown today will be referenced time and time again, especially to compare with the actual product when it finally arrives. As well as long after the fact. Crazy as it may sound, this might be part of Nintendo's master plan; recently they admitted how they've helped to keep the Pokemon franchise strong after so many years:

"We just give them fodder. The community already talks. It's part of what's core to Pokemon. The fan sites out there help spread the word for us... For us it's about giving our fans something fun to do in between game launches. That's my bread and butter.

That's exactly how you should treat your fans. Giving them activities and things that they can continue to do while they're waiting for the next version of the game or the next world to be released."

Just replace Pokemon with Zelda. After all, why else would they remain silent about the timeline to this very day? Hence why, in my humble opinion, whatever this new Zelda "game" might be (and what it might morph into one day) is game of the show. Especially considering, sadly, how nothing else particularly sticks out -- a point that I believe is harder to argue.