Nintendo icons Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma personally showed off brief footage from the upcoming Zelda title for Wii U, as well as teased an earlier-than-expected release date for Star Fox at this year’s Game Awards

The footage began with Aonuma, who was controlling the game, directing Link to the top of a large hill, where a tower could be seen far in the distance. This was used to demonstrate the game’s marker feature, in which markers can be set in far-away places you can see, and then followed via the map.

Aonuma then climbed onto Epona to show viewers the new way horse riding in handled by the game. Epona will automatically avoid obstacles as you ride and will continue moving even when you are not pressing the stick, allowing you to look at the map, take various actions, and generally make travelling the vast distances of the game much easier. A new feature was also demonstrated where Link could jump off of the horse and aim a shot while descending in super-slow motion. While they were not mentioned, a group of wild horses could also be seen in the gameplay footage.

Aonuma and Miyamoto confirmed that the game will be released in 2015.

Miyamoto also mentioned that the Star Fox title announced for Wii U—of which very little has been shown to date—will be arriving even earlier than Zelda. The two also briefly discussed the upcoming Majora’s Mask remake for 3DS, saying that changes had been made to make the game easier to play while keeping the original feel intact.

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