Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma told viewers of today’s Nintendo Direct presentation that the new Zelda Wii U will ultimately rethink the conventions of Zelda. Aonuma said that Nintendo want to set aside conventions, get back to basics and create a newborn Zelda so that the players can best enjoy the real essence of the franchise. He went on to say that the game is still a long way off, so we shouldn’t expect it anytime soon. Here’s what he had to say.
“Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to re-think the conventions of Zelda. I’m referring to the expectation that the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order, or that you’re supposed to play by yourself. The things we’ve come to take for granted recently.
“We want to set aside these conventions, get back to basics and create a newborn Zelda so that the players can best enjoy the real essence of the franchise.”
He admitted that Nintendo hadn’t managed to achieve this goal with Skyward Sword. “We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword, but we weren’t able to put effort into changing the linear path structure of the game.”
“I hope to be able to talk to you in more detail about how it will change after I see it come together a bit more.”