Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma has revealed that he wasn’t a fan of the original Legend of Zelda tech demo for the Gamecube. Aonuma says he saw the demonstration and automatically thought it wasn’t the Zelda that he knew and loved. He concluded by saying that it didn’t contain any interesting surprises and it basically looked like a revised scene from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
“I saw that movie and I thought, ‘No, this isn’t Zelda. This isn’t Zelda at all.” I felt like this wasn’t what I imagined Zelda to be. It wasn’t the Zelda I wanted to make. That video clip didn’t actually contain any big surprises. There wasn’t any kind of revelation going on. It was more like a continuation of the previous version.”To me at the time, I say, it looked like a scene from Ocarina of Time, but better looking. “Yeah,” he smiles. “That’s right. I wasn’t interested in it at all.”