Nintendo started off the 2016 Game Awards by showing off a new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild teaser trailer, but that was just the first taste. Later in the night, the company showed off a sizeable chunk of gameplay in an area we’d never seen before. Take a look below.

For starters, we got to see more of the different ways you can approach any fight. Not only that, but we also got to see a new NPC, Kass the minstrel. Plus we got to see a lengthy boss fight, some of Link's food, and a tease of some far off treasure.

What we didn't get in either this or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild teaser trailer was a release date. Hearing the Nintendo rep say "2017" at the end with no month given would seem to confirm it's not coming out alongside The Nintendo Switch. Here's hoping that whenever it comes out, the game stays looking this impressive.

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At the 2016 Game Awards, lots of winners were named, but the show is really about revealing new gameplay footage. And the pre-show got off to a big start with a new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild teaser trailer. Take a look.

That's a lot to take in. We got to see a new airship. There was the first sight of the seasons changing. Some new enemies and areas were on show.

But most importantly, we got to see a mysterious woman -- or at least some of her. Is that Princess Zelda, previously unseen in footage of the game? Perhaps we'll see more of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild tonight as the Game Awards event continues tonight.

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