The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was a controversial release for its time, though it seems that the passage of time has softened fan perception. The cel-shaded, cartoon style wasn't widely embraced, with many fans feeling betrayed after that promising Spaceworld demo. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess did a good job of satisfying fans that wanted a more traditional and realistic Zelda game, but a recent interview with Eiji Aonuma revealed that there could've very easily been a Wind Waker 2.
The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts – something of a follow up to Hyrule Histoia, and due out in the West next year – recently launched in Japan and contains a discussion between Aonuma and artist Satoru Takizawa. It seems Twilight Princess began as Wind Waker 2, which would've been more land based and featured Toon Link riding a horse. However, the team abandoned the concept when they ran into problems with Toon Link being too short to ride on horseback and an adult Link being too bizarre a choice for the cel-shaded style. This, combined with an increased demand for an Ocarina of Time-like Zelda, made them change course. Here's the excerpt, courtesy of Nintendo Everything:
Takizawa: Wind Waker 2 would have taken place in a more land-based setting, rather than on the sea, so that we could have Link gallop across the land on a horse. But Link's proportions in Wind Waker weren't very well suited for riding on horseback, he was too short, and an adult version of Toon Link did not seem appropriate either. So, while we were stuck on those problems, we became aware of the greater demand for a more realistic, taller Link. High-budget live-action fantasy movies were also huge at the time, so with all things considered, we decided to have at it. I was on board with the project as art director, and started off by bringing [Yusuke] Nakano on to do the design for Link.
Of course, Wind Waker did eventually receive a sequel with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, but it would've been interesting to have seen a full fledged console release.
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