Legendary Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has told GamesTM that technical difficulties with hardware doesn’t prevent the team from including new and unique features in Zelda titles. Aonuma cited The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword as a prime example of this, as he says the team initially had difficulty making Link’s sword swings match the motion controls.
“Although there may be technical difficulties, we rarely let that be a reason to avoid adding things to the game. In Skyward Sword, it was a technical challenge to make Link’s sword swings match the motion controls completely and I was a little worried whether the users would be happy about this innovation. Enthusiast gamers often have strong attachments to traditional controls, but I believed that in the end many users would enjoy the unique gameplay and we went ahead with it.”
In a recent interview with Japanese publication CG World the development team at Monolith Soft revealed that the Kyoto team helped out with some of the graphics in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more recently in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The interview sheds some light on the company’s new studio in Kyoto, which was created so that the team could work closer with Nintendo. It genuinely sounds a great place to work.
US retail chain Best Buy is currently running a fantastic offer for the beloved Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. If you enrol for a free Reward Zone card then you’re entitled to get Skyward Sword for the ridiculous price of $14.99. The offer is only available if you purchase the game at your local store, so you won’t be able to purchase it online.
Because The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword launched in November 2011, it makes sense that a new title in the franchise was not present at this year’s E3. Although it wasn’t on the show floor, Shigeru Miyamoto is thinking about the next console Zelda. Miyamoto reiterates that the Zelda HD experience shown at E3 2011 was only made to display the graphical capabilities of Wii U.
Miyamoto wants to find out what most people want for the next Zelda – including both casual and dedicated gamers. Miyamoto wants Wii U’s Zelda to reach a large audience and be attractive for all types of gamers. Nintendo Land will feature a Zelda attraction – perhaps this is Nintendo’s way of introducing more people to The Legend of Zelda series.
“With the last game, Skyward Sword, that was a game where you had motion control to use your weapons and a lot of different items, and I thought that was a lot of fun, but there were some people who weren’t able to do that or didn’t like it as much and stopped playing partway through it,” Miyamoto said. “So we’re in the phase where we’re looking back at what’s worked very well and what has been missing and how can we evolve it further.”
The next Super Smash Bros. is not going to be released any time soon – in the meantime, play Project M. Project M is a Super Smash Bros. Melee-inspired mod that can be applied to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The mod is legal because you need to have a copy of Brawl in your possession.
Project M’s purpose is to make Brawl’s gameplay mechanics similar to Melee’s style. Project M also removes the random tripping prevalent in Brawl, balances the characters, and adds new stages such as Skyward Sword’s Skyloft. The mod is free of charge and can be downloaded from Project M’s website.
“Project M is playable on ANY NTSC Wii, without any hardware modification, and even without any longterm software modification. All that is needed to get started is an SD card and a copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.”
US retail emporium K-Mart is selling the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the ridiculously cheap price of $19.99. Gamers will be able to purchase the game at the discounted price from the 6th May until May 12th.
Toys “R” Us in the United States is selling the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the bargain price of $29.99. It’s generally quite rare to see first party Nintendo games at a reduced price, especially since the game didn’t launch so long ago. The Legend of Zelda: skyward Sword is one of the best games on Wii so if you haven’t already purchased it nows your chance.
A poster over at Neogaf has discovered that Nintendo is currently distributing an alternative box-art for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in Europe. This alternate box art was previously only available in the East, but it seems to have made its way to the West. I’m sure the collectors amongst you will be hunting feverishly for this one.
BAFTA has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been nominated along with nine other games for the all-important Game of The Year award. The Game of The Year award is the only one of its annual video game awards that is selected by public vote. Here’s the ten games you can choose from:
- Batman: Arkham City
- Battlefield 3
- Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- FIFA 12
- LA Noire
- Portal 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Anouma has revealed in the latest edition of Game Informer that the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword art style and the storyline will most likely be a one-off and that we will be seeing something completely different for Zelda Wii U.
“With Wind Waker, the graphics were suited to handheld gaming. Also the game ended with Link embarking on a journey, so it left open the possibility of what comes after the game. With Skyward Sword, positioning it as the first Zelda game means everything else connects to it and comes after it. It becomes a little bit difficult to do something else within that world and certainly much more difficult to do something that comes before it.”