TPHD looks almost exactly the same as the original, which means coated in some kind of waxy brown substance. I did suspect it would've been too time-consuming to overhaul a "realistic" Zelda, though.
The three "big" items in this Direct were:
A few seconds of new Zelda U footage - looking VERY good!
Pokémon R/B/Y being released on 3DS Virtual Console with Link Cable functionality emulated over local wireless - it's the 90's all over again!
Cloud Strife, the main character from Final Fantasy VII, which has never been on a Nintendo machine, is coming to Super Smash Bros. Plus, an all-Smash Direct is coming in December...
Wolf Link and Gold Mega Man amiibos were also revealed, as well as an April release date for Star Fox Zero (which is starting to look better).
Western 3DS ports of Dragon Quest VII and VIII also (but not Mother 3, which is getting a Japan-only release on Wii U Virtual Console).
New Splatoon stages, an enhanced web-based search system for Super Mario Maker, and Pokkén Tournament for Wii U also made their presence known.
No major all-new releases like Pikmin 4 (which is known to exist) or Minecraft Wii U (which has been rated by PEGI), but it was still a lot better than Nintendo's E3 this year.
Everybody thinks the "NX" platform is coming out in 2016, but I'm not entirely convinced. Nintendo has a habit of teasing hardware at one E3, and blowing it out at the next. In addition, the first half of 2016, right up until E3, is pretty well stocked with both Wii U and 3DS titles, of which "NX" is supposed to replace both. Minecraft, the "almost finished" Pikmin 4 (remember that the GameCube, which had weak sales just like the Wii U, had two of them), more Super Mario Maker (which has finally put the Wii U GamePad screen to good use) DLC, and Zelda U (with a new mainline Mario and whatever Retro Studios is working on being potential "NX" launch titles, this Zelda doesn't really need to be cross-gen) could pace the Wii U fairly nicely through the year, and a potential Pokémon Z could do the same for the 3DS. And the "approximately five" mobile titles could very well calm anxious investors down...
Above all else, the only reason "NX" was revealed when it was was to prevent the inevitable "Nintendo's ditching hardware" speculation after the mobile announcement.
On the other hand, there have been some rumours that manufacturing is already scaling up, so...!
Edited by laser, November 13 2015 - 01:38 AM.