Aonuma: Hand-Holding In Games “Isn’t That Fun”, U.S. Fans Are “More Passionate” Than In Japan


In a new interview with Polygon that took place after his presentation at the New York Comic-Con, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma discussed A Link Between Worlds, Zelda fans in the U.S., and the pervasiveness of “hand-holding” in recent video games. After acknowledging that complaints of hand-holding have been leveled against recent Zelda titles like Skyward Sword, he said that he has come to believe recently that a game with too many hints to guide the player along “actually isn’t that fun.”

He went on to mention that there was a section of A Link Between Worlds where he argued with his director over including a hint, eventually winning the standoff and ensuring that the hint would be left out of the game. Additionally, Aonuma discussed the huge response he received from the crowd in New York during his presentation, saying that he thinks the fans there are “even more passionate than the fans in Japan.” On its release date of November 22nd, gamers will be able to decide for themselves whether A Link Between Worlds includes too much hand-holding. Here are Aonuma’s comments:

On New York fans: “It was kind of crazy, the way I would say one little thing and get this huge reaction from people. It really made me realize that man, the fans here are so passionate. I think they’re even more passionate than the fans in Japan.”

On hand-holding in games: “I think that one thing all game developers worry about when they’re putting something into a game is, ‘Will people notice it? Will people realize what they’re supposed to do?’ And we kind of have a bad habit of hand-holding, trying to make things easier for everyone. But more and more, I start to think that that kind of isn’t actually that fun.”


  1. Why should anybody care…

    Humans are so pathetic if they waste their time on such primitive actions…

    1. Nintendo Commander You are a Xbot?

    2. Stop using ellipses. Now. You do understand what a question mark is, do you not? Well, the first sentence of your post would have one. I’m calling you out as a phony Nintendo Commander. A real commander would at least know basic English puncuation.

    3. You sound like a middle schooler who just discovered JTHM while listening to Slipknot.

    1. LOL, it took up until Shepherd Aonuma to point out the obvious–a game with too many hand holding blah, blah, blah cake walk instructions is not fun to play–for Nintensheep to finally agree and follow. *FACE THROUGH BRICKWALL* x__x~@

      Person 1: Games that are too easy aren’t fun to play.

      Nintensheep 1: You lie! GTFO troll! You’re not a Nintendo fan if you criticise it.

      Nintensheep 32: That’s right! Go to a Sony or Xbox site & talk shit there, so I can follow behind and even defend Nintendo there. Don’t mess with me sucker! I’m on welfare, trust me I got all the time in the world!

      Aonuma: Games that are too easy aren’t fun to play…

      Nintensheep 1: Forgiveness please, Aonuma-San! ^_^; I love you long time, I’m forever ashamed to have caused you any dishoner. -^.^-

      Nintensheep 32: Pfft. That’s exactly what I’ve been saying all along! ¬_¬

      1. No. You have me all wrong. I am an avid Nintendo fan, and I myself think that their games for the last decade have had too much hand-holding (Zelda in particular, which is my favorite series ever). I have never ONCE defended Nintendo on their hand-holding.

        I’m not a sheep following Aonuma; I’m very happy that he finally admitted that this is becoming a problem. I hope he actually does something about it.

        To put all Nintendo fans in the same category makes you an idiot. A big one.

        1. I was actually agreeing with you and adding my own two cents… ¬_¬

          And at no given moment did I say fan is = to sheep, though it’s hard to tell ’em apart sometimes because of how much dick they have in their mouths.

  2. The legend of Zelda appeals to Europeans and Americans because the story fits these regions better. When you think of a Princess being saved from a castle with a villain and such you think of old English/European tales, which I think bring out more passion amongst Europeans and Americans.

    What I’m trying to say is Zelda is an western story written by awesome Japanese people.

    1. Reggietarian Keep Dream(cast) U damage control and get real.Wii u is a Death Console and you Kiddos Need to understand that Otherwise the flamewars will never stop…HI IAM REGGIE AND I KICK ASS…Nintendos ASS…

      1. God dammit, what purpose do you trolls have? you’re just wasting your own time. Nobody gives a fuck what you have to say you orthopaedic shoe wearing spastic.

          1. Because I genuinely want to know, what purpose do you troll have?

            On other sites and forums the trolls are at least half sophisticated or have a constructive point of view.
            However, people like you on this site are just unbelievably retarded in what you say. I fail to see what could possibly want to make someone behave he way you people do other than genuine retardation…

            1. *you’re just wasting your own time. Nobody gives a fuck what you have to say *
              Oh well…You mad because Wii u got still no games?Weak U?Wii No 3rd Party for U?Hahahaha sooo funny how you guys get angry over Plastic but Nintendofans are always Butthurt if it comes to Real Facts.Sorry ReggieDickRider to hurt your feelings..

              1. You just emphasized the point of which I was talking about.

                What do you do in life? do you have college/university aspirations? Do you want a girlfriend, or want a decent job? Or do you just insist on posting comments like this that provoke negative reactions from normal people who have Nintendo as a hobby?

                Basically, imagine a bustling street corner in a city… You’re like the crazy, washed u guy stood there swearing at everyone telling them to ”fuck off you cunt!” for no reason what so ever,

                You see? Being a crazy,washed up asshole is not cool and never has been.
                In other words, stop posting useless trash in a place where people have constructive convo’s about a hobby.

                  1. Again. A simply analogy of people like me compared to people like you is this.

                    Imagine a busy City like New York or London. I’m the person saying ”Hey there friend, do you know where the nearest coach station is? :)”

                    You’re the crazy tramp who is stood there, swearing at people, telling them to fuck off for no reason.

                    Sort yourself out bro.

                    1. No, that’s a terrible thing to think.

                      Just maybe stop being a 100% twat who does nothing but types garbage on Nintendo forum :)

                    2. I can say Whatever i want Free Speech.Now fuck your Plastic Toy and stop crying about The trolls on the site its your Faull.Keep it real Brother and dont feed More trolls.The comments are a Mess.

                    3. You can say whatever you want, that’s the point I’m trying to make. If you can say whatever you want, then why do you waste your time spewing the utter garbage that you do?

                      I take it you don’t like Nintendo, amirite?
                      Go and post messages somewhere that you do like, such as a Sony or Microsoft forum. I just can’t understand what drives someone to go out of their own way to post comments on a site like this, about things that they DO NOT like.

                      You’re wasting your time buddy.

                    4. You retard Its the Truth what Wii are saying Yo stupid Fanboys cant stand the real facts you live in your Fanboy world where Nintendo is still the biggest dick in the world.Stop dreaming and get Real Nintendo Lost it allready you cant deny that Stuppid asshole now Get your Fanyboy Buddies together and start a Flamewar.I know you like that Bitch Jajajaja

                    5. This is my last comment to you, as you’re an emotionally deranged spastic who does not deserve my time.

                      You are wasting your time you cretin. Nobody here (the genuine Nintendo fans who like to talk about their favourite games in a positive manor) care 1 bit about your comments.
                      again, you’re about as relevant as a tramp in a sleeping bag preaching falsse religious slur.
                      Fuck yourself, rethink your life and have a good day.


  3. Listening to the fan complaints? Pretty cool. Nintendo seems to be going all out to please us lately (new Mario 3D World & ALBW trailers), I likey :)

    1. It is nice.

      Although there’s a certain complaint regarding the entire… 4-5 years of a certain female bounty hunter that has yet to be answered….

  4. The game that really annoyed me with the hand holding recently, was Mario and Luigi:Dream Team. I wish there had been an option before you even started the game, that asks you if you’ve played previous games in the series. (I’ve played all of them) If you had said yes, it would completely skip any and all “hey, do you want me to explain this to you” so I don’t even have to be interrupted to answer “no” to the questions. The demo and practice options for the bros. moves is good, and should stay for future games. The explanations for the giant battles was also probably the only other worthy part worth any kind of “hand holding” since it was brand new. The rest was ridiculous and ate up so much time in the game, it wasn’t even funny.

    1. If I recall right Mario sticker star being such a shallow rpg game was Miyamoto’s doing also.The all fighting and no real story thing.

  5. Mr. Aonuma, YES!!!!! Glad to hear him say this. Hopefully this means future games won’t baby the gamers

  6. See, this is my theory… they intentionally bogged down the enjoyability of Ocarina of Time with what probably amounts to like half an hour of pointless tutorial messages combined to make any game seem accommodating in comparison. In a word… tough love!

    Tutorials should always be fuckin’ mandatory.

  7. Stop replying to the trolls, guys. They want attention because for whatever reason, they are unhappy with themselves and they seek this attention by putting down others. Especially if they don’t share their hobbies. Calling us fags, insulting us in ridiculous manners, celebrating when things go wrong with Nintendo (which happens with every company cause they’re run by humans) are all masked cries for help that we have to (cause trolls are impossible to effectively communicate with, clearly) ignore.

    Now I know at least one of them will reply to this and call me a name (probably attack my orientation cause that’s the most overused one) but I won’t see it or bother to reply IF I do cause I be busy doing a little thing called LIVING A LIFE.

    1. And yet you’re the ones who wasted a minute or two on a “don’t feed the trolls” message that few will read, and even fewer for whom it will make a difference. You should lead by example and just ignore them… this is feeding the trolls as much as replying to their posts.

      And now I’ve replied to yours, so the circle goes on… so FUCK you.

    1. Do you need me to hold your hand, huh? It’s not that hard to wrap your head around, just read the article more closely this time… or, you know, at all.

  8. Wow people are so immature here. Xbox and Playstation fans come here to talk bad about Nintendo. Incredible, that shows how good their gaming consoles are.

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