Aonuma: Wii U Zelda Is All About "Rethinking Series Conventions"
Posted by Damien McFerran
Nintendo has something new planned for Link
Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma has given a few tantalising details regarding the all-new Wii U Legend of Zelda title during today's Wii U Direct.
The game will be the second Zelda release for the new console, with an updated version of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker coming later this year. No footage or screens were shown, and Nintendo President Satoru Iwata admitted that the game is still a long way off - a 2013 release is about as likely as hell freezing over.
Zelda series producer Aonuma had this to say during the broadcast:
Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda. I'm referring to things like the expectation that the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order, or that you're supposed to play by yourself. The things that we've come to take for granted recently.
We want to set aside these 'conventions', get back to basics and create a newborn Zelda game so that the players today can best enjoy the real essence of the franchise.
We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword but we weren't able to put effort into changing the linear-path structure of the game. I hope to be able to talk to you in more detail about how it will change after I see it come together a bit more.
Do you think it's time for Nintendo to really mix it up when it comes to creating a new Zelda experience, or are you hoping for a more traditional outing? Drop a comment to let us know.