Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that he wants Zelda Wii U to feature outstanding cut scenes like those found in Hyrule Warriors. Aonuma said this because he’s been hearing lots of praise for the cut scenes featured in the soon to be released Hyrule Warriors.
“Looking at the comments on Miiverse regarding Hyrule Warriors, it’s been great to see a lot of positive feedback. But one of the things that leaves me with rather complicated feelings is that people are saying, “Oh wow, I really love the cutscenes in this game! This is better than the stuff Nintendo does!” Of course, that leaves me a little conflicted, and gives me a mission now to make sure that the new Zelda game that I’m working on can hold its own in that aspect against Hyrule Warriors!”
Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that Koei Tecmo’s Yosuke Hayashi wanted to make Hyrule Warriors closer to a traditional Zelda title rather than a Dynasty Warriors game. However, Aonuma said Miyamoto put a stop to this and said that this shouldn’t be the case.
”At first, when Hayashi-san approached me, he wanted to make this title closer to a Zelda game than a Dynasty Warriors game — that extended to having boss battles in the dungeons and [having] certain characters in the game. However, Mr. Miyamoto came along and up-ended the tea table, saying, “No, that should not be the case. What we’re doing here is grafting Zelda onto the Dynasty Warriors experience.” It was a reversal of the original proposal from Hayashi-san, which was adding elements of Dynasty Warriors onto the Zelda franchise. It ended up being the other way around based on Miyamoto’s direction.”
- Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma
”This relates a bit to when Mr. Miyamoto stepped in to overturn the tea table. It was really trying to strike that balance of making a game that Zelda fans will enjoy that is different from a typical Zelda game, that has enough elements that people will enjoy but also not losing Zelda fans. We ourselves are Zelda fans as well, so we had to ask ourselves the question of what is it that makes a Zelda game, and how many of those elements do we need to include. Up until the very end, we kept adding different elements to the game until we struck a balance that we were happy with.”
- Koei Tecmo’s Yosuke Hayashi
If you’re thinking of picking up one of the gorgeous Zelda themed Nintendo 3DS XL consoles for cheap, then you’re in luck. The official Nintendo of America webstore currently has refurbished Zelda themed Nintendo 3DS XL consoles for sale for $150.
Recent sales numbers from Famitsu state that the recently released Hyrule Warriors had a much better début than The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD in Japan. Famitsu says Hyrule Warriors sold 78,773 units in its opening week and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD only shifted 31,154 units when it was released in September 2013.
Amazon and Best Buy are both offering Hyrule Warriors costumes if you decide to pre-order the forthcoming game with them. If you chose to pre-order with Amazon then you’re entitled to get Twilight Princess costumes for Link and Zelda when the game ships to you. If you decide to pre-order the game from Best Buy then you can get a code to download the Skyward Sword costume set for Link and Zelda upon pick up and purchase of the game.
With the tragic passing of Robin Williams earlier this week, Nintendo fans took to Change.org to request that Williams be remembered in a future Zelda title. The petition, which gathered over 90,000 signatures, asked the firm to name one of its non-player characters Robin in the next Zelda game. Nintendo has now responded to the petition and has given the following reply to Polygon.
“Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo.” offered a Nintendo spokesperson. “Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we’ve worked with multiple times.”
“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close.”
Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida
Tecmo Koei has announced on Twitter that they’re aware of a number of small bugs in the recently released Hyrule Warriors and are working on a patch to fix them. The company also said that they’re planning long-term support for the game, so hopefully that means we should get some additional content at a later date.