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Aonuma Says Zelda Wii U’s Open World Will Differ From Current Open World Games

Snippets from the recently published Edge Magazine starring the “king” of game design Shigeru Miyamoto are beginning to circulate online. We just reported that Xenoblade Chronicles X will be five times bigger than Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii, but now there’s extra tidbits on Zelda Wii U.

Zelda producer and director Eiji Aonuma recently spoke to Edge Magazine on the topic of open worlds, following what was stated by Shinya Takahashi for Xenoblade, and said that Zelda Wii U’s open world won’t be like any other current open world game on the market. Aonuma’s spoken of the “vast” game world in the past, but let us know your thoughts on his statement in the comments below.

“Since we’re talking about open worlds, let’s state upfront that we don’t plan to have an open world in the same way other companies have been doing in recent years. “

165 thoughts on “Aonuma Says Zelda Wii U’s Open World Will Differ From Current Open World Games”

      1. Because larger equals better. I don’t know about anyone else but Skyrim got boring after awhile as all the little towns and caves basically were the same and melded together in my memory.

        Larger usually means more filler. I’d rather have a game with some unique locations and some scripted events instead of free roaming monotony.

        Their idea of free roaming probably means that areas won’t be behind a wall or locked with steps or abilities needed to open.

      2. i wish they had the graphics like the tech demo of link fighting gohma in the temple oh time! why stick with the cell shading version of things!

    1. It will be more like the very first Zelda!! Does anyone not see the correlation? That is what was said a while back, and I’m sure it will hold true.

    2. As much as I hate to admit it. Thats what this sounds like. Nintendo said the same stuff with skyward sword and it was one of the more linear ones as far as progression is concerned. They start with open world this open word that. Then say it is “different” than other open world games.

        1. Odd. You hate Skyward Sword for trying something different with Zelda, but yet you diss a guy that doesn’t want Zelda to change too much. >.< Make up your mind, idiot human.

          1. “idiot human” do you really find your existence so miserable that you have to role play here on the internet?skyward sword did the exact opposite of what zelda games should be. id game freak came and said “we are trying something new with pokemon” and they made a pokemon game where you buy weapons for your pokemon and shit, he doesn’t have attacks or anything, you’d say “ooooh, pokemon have been the same for 15 years and everyone was saying that it’s repetitive, and now you don’t like that they changed something? make up your mind idiot human” or if nintendo made a mario fps instead of mario 3d world or something, ya dumb idiot, don’t argue with me, NEVER ARGUE WITH ME, I AM THE GOD OF THE NEW WORLD

  1. Uhhhhhh. Ok.

    How do you do open world differently than what open world has been in the past and still call it open world?

    1. SherlockWillFightBilbo

      Maybe it will be like Balloon Fighter or Pac-Man in that if you exit on the right side of the screen you’ll appear on the left side. If you go past those mountains you’ll appear back at the log cabin. That’s what I’ve been imagining since E3.

      1. Or like Animal Crossing: Wild World. If that’s what is being described, hopefully the planetoid nature of the land would be less obvious, more seemless.

        1. SherlockWillFightBilbo

          I haven’t played Animal Crossing but I think that’s what it’s like. They would need some filler space between the volcano and the cabin though. Can’t have Death Mountain right next to a farmer’s cabin haha

        1. Nintendo Sub-Lieutenant

          That would be cool. A map that loops into itself. The areas better be pretty diverse because it would get confusing.

          1. Nintendo Sub-Lieutenant

            Like Monster Hunter quick? Or Resident 1-3 door quick? I really didn’t like those at first. But I got over them pretty quickly.

    1. SherlockWillFightBilbo

      If there are no loading screens in the world, then there will be a ridiculously long loading screen as you start the game and possibly when you enter a dungeon. If you haven’t played Lego City: Undercover then take a look at it online. It gives a good idea of how well the Wii U runs open-world.

      1. Look @ Xenoblade Wii. Traveling its open world was quite seemless. Then again, it was on Wii hardware (which was easier to work on than Wii U’s), & came later in Wii’s life (so devs were more experienced w/ the hardware).

        1. SherlockWillFightBilbo

          Monolith is extremely experienced with Wii U’s hardware by now. They’ve been working on this game since 2010.

          1. SherlockWillFightBilbo

            Wrong tab. Still, This game started development after Skyward Sword in the end of 2011. They should know it well enough by now. Besides, they designed the console themselves.

                              1. Well the franchise itself except New Mario Bros. AFTER the DS game, then yes Mario is great. But I’m an old school/retro type of gamer and appreciate the good old titles that means a lot more than any modern crap I see in the market today. :3

                                  1. lol Right. As a 3D game contender, yes. But nothing and I repeat it again, NOTHING, can top DKC2’s amazing design and music. I would say both DKC2/SMG tie in their similar class. :3

                                        1. If it’s an old game, then it is definitely not going to be for me. I find newer games better. So I’ll get DKC TF instead.

                                          1. Excuse me? XD Old games like DKC2 are freaking amazing and a timeless classic even to this day. Its not about how modernly graphical games are that defines itself. You gotta play these old games to understand why they’re great and where true gaming comes from. TF is good but, like I said, nothing can top DKC2 in its category unless there’s an HD remake of the original DKC trilogy together with new content and same old gameplay feel. :3

                                            1. I can’t. It would feel like a step backwards for me. Like playing Mario Kart 8 and then going back to 64. I tried MK64 and it felt boring in comparison. That’s why old games aren’t for me.

                                              1. Trust me. Play DKC2 when you get the chance and I mean the entire game. You wot regret it and I know what you’re gonna say after this and it has the word “ASSassin’s” in it. XD

                                                            1. Sorry Stranga, but you will never get me to play old games. I have several on my Wii U and they bore the life out of me. I don’t even want to play Super Metroid. So you may as well give up. XD

                                                                      1. Assassin’s Creed is one of my favorite games ever. I love everything about it from the characters, the big open cities, the weapons, the oceans, the stories. It’s just awesome. Can’t wait to play AC Unity. Imo, I don’t care what anyone here says. I don’t care if it’s from Ubisoft, I’m gonna keep playing these games. They are perfect for me. I gotta try some of their other games though too. Next up for me is probably Far Cry. That interests me as well.

                                                                          1. Meh. They need to get rid of that. Lol. But I don’t really mind it. I don’t even think it’s in Far Cry. In other games like Watch Dogs, yeah. But they fixed it up. Thank god.

                                                                                  1. What would your reaction be if they revealed the Wii U version to have E3 graphics? XD And then they go “thank you Nintendo fans for your time waiting for the game, enjoy.” XD

                                                                                    1. Right. lol Wii U having high end PC visuals, even though it was all a huge lie from minute one, would be great for one hell of an April Fool’s joke. But I’m still not buying their shit. They fucked up their chances to make it right and they intentionally threw it all away so, FUCK UBISHIT.

                                                                                                      1. Hm… I’d rather have you keep wondering just to tease you. Lol I know you really want to know, don’t you? XD

                                                                                                              1. I guess you’ll just have to go the rest of your life wondering what HollowGrapeJ was trying to say… XD

                                                                                                                  1. I will never tell you until you play the game. :p But of course, there is an exception. If you *cough cough* buy a coughassassinscreedgamecough I will immediately tell you what it is, no questions asked. XD

                                                                                                                    1. Can someone accurately compare a 3DS platformer w/ a 2D platformer, especially when one is in a different franchise? & then there’s the DK franchise having only one 3D entry.

                                                                                                                      But Super Mario Galaxy, SMG 2, & 3D Land are the only 3D Mario games I like. & I played Mario 64 on both N64 & DS. I will admit I barely touched Sunshine & have yet to buy 3D World. As for 2D Mario, the New series & the true Land series (3DS VC) are the only 2D Marios I actually like. I played all the titles on Super Mario All-Stars back in the day & just didn’t care for them too much. However, I loved Donkey Kong Country & Diddy’s Kong Quest. Hated DK 64 (but the included expansion pak made up for it as I was ready for Majora’s Mask [my fave Zelda] & I had the full Starcraft 64 experience). Returns & Tropical Freeze are wonderful & I wish Nintendo would focus more on the DK franchise than Mario’s 2D games. Hel, I wish Nintendo would create a new 2D franchise that’s grittier & is as hardcore, if not more so, than DK.

                                                                                                  1. I’m the only one with the name King on this new site. Anyone else saying so is a copyright infringement and wi be fired and sued.

                                                                                                    Seriously though, this Zelda game better be good for those recent comments.

                                                                                                    1. xD That sounds like King exactly. Greedy little cunts trying to copyright one freaking word. And what’s sadder is there actually are idiots in the patent offices letting this bullshit through. *facepalm* Maybe humanity as a whole really are becoming more stupid by the minute.

                                                                                                  2. I think I’d rather stop hearing about Aounuma and the new Zelda until they show something. This is all so cryptic is killing me!

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                                                                                                  5. I hope it’s like Just Cause 2 styled Open World were the game is almost the size of a small country :D

                                                                                                      1. damn it, my lord can’t argue against that award.the clergy of the church of sasori has been embalmed because we do not have something to counter the claims of the apes.

                                                                                                    1. This foolish human still hasn’t learned his lesson? Sasori, do we have to remind you that Nintendo is my Blood Reborn knows where you live? Remember, kid. You aren’t as untouchable as you might think you are on the internet. Sorry to tell you the truth but the internet isn’t keeping you as safe as you so delusionally like to think.

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                                                                                                  7. Enough about zelda for the WiiU. Only thing that needs to be said is the release date, nothing else. Don’t spoil it like Smash bros.

                                                                                                  8. I hope Open World in Zelda U equates to plenty to do. I don’t wanna be wandering Hyrule piddling around just to arrive @ a dungeon or village; collecting Pieces of Heart, Poes, bottles, & bugs only goes so far. I’d like to see areas that I can have a profound affect, & more NPCs & signs of sentient activity all around Hyrule (campfires, trash [or treasure?], birdhouses [yep], etc.).

                                                                                                    Also, I hope the fishing mini-game returns. I liked it in Link’s Awakening & Ocarina of Time, but loved it in Twilight Princess. It should’ve been in Skyward Sword, & especially in Wind Waker. Oh well.

                                                                                                    1. I’m hoping it’ll bring one of the best things that Majora’s Mask had going for it back: subquests, more subquests, & even more subquests that all feature their own standalone story elements.

                                                                                                      1. Yes! Majora’s Mask is my favorite Zelda. Aside from the darker tone & time travel mechanics, the sub-quests are what helped make it my favorite. I just hope the amount of subquests are less than Xenoblade’s &/or funner & each a bit meatier. I kept doing Xenoblade’s & I kept getting burned out by them; ’twas a vicious cycle.

                                                                                                        1. The good thing about Zelda if it has a lot of subquests is you don’t have to worry about it making your level high & allowing you to breeze through the main story, unlike Xenoblade which made you pretty high in level when you did tackle the main story and let you breeze through it for the most part. My biggest issue with Xenoblade, though, was the bloody New Game+ thing. Too bad it’s New Game+ didn’t work the same way The Last Story’s New Game+ worked. If Xenoblade Chronicles gets the same treatment as Bayonetta 1, I hope they take some things from Bravely Default’s New Game+ & allow you to reset the characters’ levels for when you start a New Game+.

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                                                                                                  10. If they mean no areas with plenty of nothing just for the sake of making the game world seem bigger then that’s certainly the right way to think.

                                                                                                  11. I hope this means alternate time or dimensions where the field changes. Or gameplay where consequences change the field indefinitely (destruction, growth etc.)

                                                                                                  12. Listing my physical WiiU games only.
                                                                                                    Nintendo Land
                                                                                                    Game & Wario
                                                                                                    Pikmin 3
                                                                                                    Zombie U
                                                                                                    Tekken TT2 U
                                                                                                    Splinter Cell BL
                                                                                                    Batman Arkham City AE
                                                                                                    AC4 BF
                                                                                                    Rayman Legends
                                                                                                    Lego City Undercover
                                                                                                    Sonic Lost World
                                                                                                    Sonic All star RT
                                                                                                    Wonderful 101
                                                                                                    Deus Ex HR
                                                                                                    Super Mario 3D World
                                                                                                    Wind Waker HD.

                                                                                                    I want to get Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, Wii Sports Club & Mario & Sonic.

                                                                                                    Please let me know of any exclusives I am missing.

                                                                                                  13. Good. Keep being mysterious with the info, Eiji! The less direct you are with the info, the less stuff that will be ruined for the game itself.

                                                                                                  14. what i took from them saying different then other open world games! : interactive and alive nature! tree’s grow! plants grow! animals-grass grow- movable objects! puzzles in the open and hidden …. seasons? destructible open world! anything is possible. large scale war ? i have rarely seen alot of moving enemies on a map other then hyrule warriors! maby hyrule is in a war and you need to help your land and stop it ? (yes just an opinion.. can go other ways)

                                                                                                    1. i would like to add something here! MABY: we will actually be in a time when the goddesses actually visits or came back or before they actuallty left after creating the triforce! maby the creation of the master sword itself!

                                                                                                      1. one final thing to add!! it could also mean something greater! a zelda game purely free of quests and missions(same thing but you get the drift) and side quest/missions! Just run around helping out! and when you hear rumors you go investigate! and when you are ready you yourself!!!! you fight the bad guys! just purely interactive no questing at all except for what you want to do!

                                                                                                          1. We did actually help create it. Link took the Goddess Sword to the three flames needed to power it up & turn it into the Master Sword.

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