A short time ago, Inti Creates boss Takuya Aizu was asked in an interview if he would like to make a game featuring a Nintendo character. His response caused quite a stir, as Aizu picked Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, the second title in the Legend of Zelda series.
Given that we've seen Cadence of Hyrule appear recently – and taking into account Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake handled by an external team (and a western one, at that) – you might assume that such a comment could potentially lead to something happening, especially as Inti Creates has previously enjoyed a very positive relationship with Nintendo.
However, we recently had the chance to speak to Aizu personally and sadly, it would seem that his previous comment was merely wishful thinking:
Firstly, it wasn’t so much that I wanted to make it from a business perspective! I was asked during an interview if I could make a game using a Nintendo character, what would I like to make. I really love The Legend of Zelda so I answered that if I could make The Adventure of Link I would be really happy. That story kind of blew up, but it wasn’t really something I was thinking about from a business perspective that I would like to make it, but simply that if I could make a game using Nintendo characters that it would be The Adventures of Link. And I still think that! But our company and I don’t really think it is realistic that we could make a game using Nintendo characters. But if after a long time such a miracle could happen, that would be really great! But we think it is unlikely.
When asked if Zelda was the only series that Aizu would like to work on, he added:
Well, it is The Legend of Zelda that I really love, right from when it first came out on the Famicom Disk System. I don’t think there are any Nintendo characters I’d like to work on other than that. Of course, Nintendo has loads of appealing characters, and plenty that you could make games with, that’s really great. I sort of let it be known that I love The Adventures of Link; there are plenty of other great games, but that is my favourite.
You can check out the full interview here.