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New Wii Zelda Game in the Works

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto sits down and talks about some of Nintendo's upcoming titles, including a new Wii Zelda title.

Shigeru Miyamoto has held a roundtable session to speak to the media regarding some of his own personal projects so we thought we'd talk about some of the highlights here.

Miyamoto-san is quite excited about New Super Mario Bros. Wii, mainly in part to its multiplayer feature that he's wanted to include in the various Super Mario titles over the years, but has been unable to do so due to console limitations. Now with the power of the Nintendo Wii console, all of his ideas have finally come to fruition.

He also speaks very briefly about the new Super Mario Galaxy 2 title and claims that over 95% of the content is brand new. He speaks of how the team had so many ideas left over after development of the original Super Mario Galaxy release that they wanted to do a sequel to try to come up with even more spherical gameplay ideas.

Next up is Miyamoto talking about Wii Sports Resort and how even when they were developing the original Wii Sports title, they were already thinking of new ideas for a sequel. Although he was happy with the original Wii Sports title, he always felt like they could do so much more with the game as far as giving the player the ability to improve their skills in the individual games.

Zelda fans will be especially happy about the next piece of information, as Miyamoto shows off a brand new piece of artwork for an as-yet-untitled Zelda Wii title. The illustrations shows a very mature Link, older than any Link we've seen before. He stresses that the game will likely be playable using Wii Motion Plus, possibly even requiring it. He also mentions how it's difficult to develop a new Zelda title given the diversity of the game's fanbase.

We've seen some fantastic upcoming releases for Nintendo's Wii and DS systems, and it looks like we'll have plenty to look forward to in the coming months and next year. And as usual, we'll be covering all of it, every step of the way.

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User Comments (45)



astarisborn94 said:

Anyway a new Zelda exclusively for the Wii? Finally, maybe I won't have to get Twlight Princess for my Wii Zelda Action.



astarisborn94 said:

Reply to Chicken Post #2: It's a Wii Zelda and it's part of the main series, so it has to be at least epic. With the likely usage of Wii MotionPlus, and the possibility that it would require it, we should expect one of the best video game ever created, if they work on it long enough that is.



Knux said:

I dislike Halo,I love Zelda. No Halo fanboys allowed on this site!



thewiirocks said:

I think the archery game in Wii Sports Resort pretty much tipped off the development of a new Zelda. I think it goes without saying that Miyamoto is trying something very different this time around. Something that better fits the Wii's capabilities.



IAmNotWill said:

I am trying to stay calm, but inside,I am flipping out.

Best E3 ever. No one can argue about it.



Haze4peace said:

Cool if its going to require wiimotion plus you can count on being able to swing links sword 1:1 instead of waggle!



Gavin_Rozee said:

Were Nintendo Life there or did you read the news from another site's liveblog?

There were no cameras allowed, so I doubt we'll see the artwork.

EDIT - Fixed a typo in my post. Stupid iPod Touch predictive text input thing!



Corbs said:

No I was supposed to attend after we received the invite, but a family emergency cancelled the trip to E3 and there was no time to get a replacement qualified and a media badge. Too bad I couldn't loan someone mine. I read the LiveBlog of the roundtable and then posted highlights. And no photography equipment was allowed inside the room.



theblackdragon said:

@eatboxman: TP was delayed due to the release of the Wii; it was ready for GC for an entire year before the launch of the Wii and they still held it back an extra month so people would be more likely to buy the version with the modified Wii controls. if Nintendo were looking to unveil a new system in 2010, I would be more worried about a TP-esque delay.



Edwin said:

I don't think that Link looks any older in this picture than he does in Ocarina or Twilight. The art style's a little different and he looks angry, but I wouldn't say older or more mature.



Gavin_Rozee said:

@ Corbie


What would you rate E3 out of 10? 7...?

@ Edwin

The picture is from TP, not a new game.



Corbs said:

You know I'd probably go against the grain and rate it an 8. I was really hoping for a Pikmin DS game, but the Golden Sun DS title kinda balances it out. I'm a bit sad I wasn't able to attend this year, but being able to watch it all on TV and get all the E3 press releases directly made it almost as easy to cover, maybe even easier if the truth be told.



Corbs said:

They would not allow any photography equipment of any kind in the room. No one has a picture of it. Except Miyamoto.



MarkyVigoroth said:

"He also mentions how it's difficult to develop a new Zelda title given the diversity of the game's fanbase."
Heh, I am fine with both Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, so that should not be much problem with me.



WolfRamHeart said:

Glad to hear you and your family are doing okay.

As far as Zelda goes, this is excellent news! Nintendo can take it's time with this one because I know it will definitely be worth the wait! An older Link huh? Interesting! I always hoped that I could play a Zelda game with a older, mature Link. Maybe even sporting a tough, grizzly beard or something. Just a thought!



Starwolf_UK said:

I'm surpried we've not seen any 'Artists impressions' of the artwork. They said no photographs but what about sketches done afterwards? Guess the people there can't draw very well



MickEiA said:

Not interested in this twilight princess was the first zelda game I played and with all the hype I was dissapointed



Hawker said:

@ MickEiA happens with most titles that are overhyped. I for one find Halo to be just an average FPS that really does nothing differnt from most other FPS's I've played, yet lots of people swear they're the greatest games ever. I grew up playing the original Zelda myself & loved the game & every new game that came out since (except for Phantom Hourglass, haded the touch screen control system). Give the series another shot with no preconcived notions of what it's gonna be like & you might like it.



MrPanic said:

There is no doubt about it, 2010 will be the most awesome year a Ninty fan will get.



motang said:

Well I think this one is a given...hey Big N bring out the Kid Icurus game, we all know you are working on it...well Factor 5 was rumored to be working on it!

Oh and yes I am excited about a new Zelda game! Eager to jump back into Hyrule!



Terra said:

Finally, Zelda for Wii Confirmed. I don't understand why they just don't say this stuff in the actual conference.



greyelephant said:

X-citing! A more mature Link is very puzzling. Not sure what they mean by that. Do they mean if you say boobie in front of him, he doesn't giggle? LOL!



Noire said:

Sweetness. Hopefully this will be an actual addition to the franchise, instead of Twilight Princess (which I affectionately call Ocarina of Time Expanded Remix). This better make full use of the WiiMotionPlus. I can only imagine (and drool a little bit) about real swordplay instead of tacked-on waggle.



Objection said:

Well, at least they're working hard on it. I'd rather have a new Zelda this year than the Mario game we're getting this year. I'd give this E3 a 8 out of 10 because we got 2 Marios and GOLDEN SUN!!



Slapshot said:

@ Dude glad to hear everything is aight with the family.

I really loved Twilight Princess, heck I even named the cat my wife brought home while I was playing the game Link(nowhere near as cool as ingame Link) but I really just had a hard time getting into Phantom Hourglass. I hated the timed dungeons royally and its got me really bummed out for Spirit Tracks. Not sure if Ill pick it up or not. New Zelda on Wii means Im definately buying another Wii soon.

Corbie if you give it a 7, maybe Ill buy it then cause Ill know it's awesome then.




This is great news because twilight princess is the best game in the seris and it would be great to have a seqeul to that.



Sean_Aaron said:

I enjoyed aspects of Twilight Princess (though I thought that having a major crisis with numerous irrelevant side-quests kind of ruined any dramatic tension; thankfully they could be skipped freely), though I found it a bit long and the final boss battle formulaic.

It was my first Zelda game; playing any future one would depend upon having a different story. If you end up travelling through fire world, earth world, air world, water world again because that's the Zelda formula, I think I'll probably pass.

Here's to the skewering of sacred cows!

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