Eiji Aonuma - News

February2017

  • News Eiji Aonuma Lists His Top Three Favorite Zelda Games

    "I could just say it in in the order of my wife's preference"

    Eiji Aonuma is a developer who has been overseen production of several games in the Zelda series for many years, and has obviously built up quite a resume in the process. Still, at the end of the day, he has personal tastes in games, too, so it stands to reason that certain games within...

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  • News Eiji Aonuma Vows to Reduce Hand-Holding in Future Zelda Installments

    Pour one out for Navi and Fi

    Whether or not Nintendo fans think The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a masterpiece, many can come to the same conclusion about the title's use of tutorials: it was much too heavy. During the Wii era, Nintendo found themselves increasingly attracted to the idea of audience expansion; that is, the idea that video games...

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  • News Surprise! Aonuma Doesn't Consider The CD-i Zelda Games To Be Canon, Either

    Glad we're all on the same page

    Many moons ago, when CD-ROM was still a new and exciting storage medium, several companies released CD-based systems in the hope of catching a ride on the interactive entertainment roller-coaster. One of those firms was Phillips, which created the CD-i (the "i" stands for "interactive", in case you were wondering)...

  • News Nintendo Tested Two Other Zelda Titles in HD on the Wii U

    Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword in HD does sound good

    When considering graphical approaches for the new Legend of Zelda title currently in development for Wii U, Nintendo experimented with several art styles; The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker wasn't the only game in the popular series that the company tried out in HD. Speaking with Polygon,...

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February2012

  • News Aonuma Drops a Note About More Zelda Titles

    You have mail, maybe

    It's not a surprise to hear that Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda series, is once again teasing more releases on 3DS. We've heard rumours of a 3D remastering of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the possibility of a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and Aonuma himself referring to a continuation o

January2012

  • News Nintendo Working On New Zelda Game

    What will it be?

    Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and team are working on a new Zelda game. The producer's statement in the final pages of Hyrule Historia, as translated by Patas at GlitterBerri, sneakily confirms a new game is in development: The long sailing time of creating Skyward Sword, a game to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zelda...

  • News Aonuma: "Zelda Timeline is Less Important Than Mechanics"

    "So be quiet"

    OK, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma didn't really say "so be quiet", but the series supremo's comments on the Legend of Zelda series timeline show he doesn't consider the timeline to be critically important to enjoying Link's adventures. Aonuma's comments from the Hyrule Historia book (as translated by Patas at GlitterBerri)...

December2011

  • News Aonuma: "Future Zelda Games Will Use Motion Controls"

    Buttons undone

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's motion controls are here to stay, according to series supremo Eiji Aonuma. Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, Aonuma believes using buttons would be a step back: I honestly think we cannot go back to button controls now, so I think that these controls will be used in future Zelda titles, too...

  • News Aonuma: "We'll See" About Zelda Voice Acting

    Never say never

    There's been much discussion about whether or not The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword should have used voice acting; some appreciate the mute characters, others feel a whole chunk of the game's potential atmosphere is missing. Game Informer recently asked Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma and music maestro Koji Kondo about the possibility of...

  • News Aonuma: Wii U Zelda Will Challenge Series Conventions

    "Expect big things"

    We've only had a few weeks of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but already series producer Eiji Aonuma is thinking about Zelda on Wii U. Speaking to Nintendo Power (via GoNintendo), Aonuma touched on what users can expect from the next home console entry in the 25-year old series: Skyward Sword is a title where we took aim at...

November2011

  • News Abandoned Skyward Sword Ideas May Head to Wii U

    Not done yet

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword might be one of Nintendo's biggest-ever undertakings — just read the Iwata Asks about its mammoth audio visual design teams — but that doesn't mean it includes everything Nintendo wanted to put in. Series producer Eiji Aonuma spoke to The Guardian about what may happen to ideas that couldn't — or wouldn't — fit into Skyward Swo

  • News Next Zelda on 3DS a "Continuation of Past Efforts" says Aonuma

    What does that mean?

    After the stellar success of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D there have been many calls for a 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Series producer Eiji Aonuma has confirmed Nintendo is working on another 3DS Zelda game, but gave previous little else away. Speaking to The Guardian, Aonuma was typically cagey...

  • News Zelda Top Brass Discuss Link To the Past in 3D

    It could happen

    The 3D Classics has taken in arcade games and 8-bit classics, but the potential for 3D remakes of games from the 16-bit era is mouthwatering. In a recent GamesRadar interview, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that he and Shigeru Miyamoto have discussed bringing the 3D treatment to Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Well actually, even Mr. Miyamoto..

September2011

  • News You're Not Alone in Finding the First Zelda So Hard

    So does Eiji Aonuma

    The re-release of Legend of Zelda as part of the 3DS Ambassador program has reminded gamers just how hard Link's first outing is. If you haven't finished it yet, don't give yourself a hard time about it: neither has series producer Eiji Aonuma. In a recent interview with Game Informer, Aonuma revealed to this day he has never...

August2011

  • News What Are Aonuma's Controller Ideas for Wii U Zelda?

    The controller is U

    The demo of Zelda HD at this year's E3 was stunning, and showed the Wii U controller used as a virtual rucksack for Link, but Zelda boss Eiji Aonuma has bigger ambitions for the touch screen controller than just holding bombs and Deku sticks. Aonuma spoke to Nintendo Power about potential uses for the controller, though nothing...

July2011

  • News If Fans Speak Up, Majora's Mask 3DS Might Happen

    Straight from the top

    The 3DS remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has gone down pretty well, but there are plenty of gamers for whom Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is the superior game and more deserving of a 3D update. Perhaps if those people are vocal enough, their wish may come true. That's the vibe from Zelda supremo Eiji Aonuma anyway,...

  • News Eiji Aonuma Talks Zelda Ideas and Development

    Pace of Zelda development "in some ways a problem"

    Having been an integral part of the Zelda series since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Eiji Aonuma was naturally one of the key people Nintendo turned to in order to visualise how a Zelda "experience" might look on the Wii U. Speaking to IndustryGamers, Aonuma recalled being involved with early Wii U meetings to determine the..

June2011

  • News Zelda is No Longer Royalty in Skyward Sword

    Bombshell

    It's only fitting for a legend to be based on a princess, but one of the most famous faces in Nintendo royalty is about to lose her crown, as Eiji Aonuma has revealed that Zelda is no longer a princess in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. So what is Link's relationship with his long time collaborative partner? Aonuma says: She's a childhood...

  • News Nintendo Nearly Dropped MotionPlus from Skyward Sword

    Tea table nearly toppled

    Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one of a handful of Wii MotionPlus-exclusive games for Wii, but series leader Eiji Aonuma revealed in a recent interview that it nearly panned out very differently. Aonuma explained that after several years of development time with MotionPlus, he questioned whether the accessory was a good...

  • Rumour Nintendo to Reveal New Zelda Game at E3

    Will it be for Café?

    Plenty of things in life get lost in translation, but hopefully this isn't one of them. French website Power-Nintendo has a correspondent in Japan, who recently attended a live event for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. According to the website, Zelda overlord Eiji Aonuma let slip a big secret slip: we'll see a new Zelda at...

March2011

August2010

  • News Aonuma Confirms Zelda is Not the Skyward Sword

    Princess present but not in weapon form

    Ever since the very first piece of teaser artwork was produced for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – long before it was even known as Skyward Sword, even – there's been discussion of who or what the sword would be. Eiji Aonuma has confirmed the sword does have a personality but you can rule out one possibility: it's not Princess Zelda. Stating that the..

July2010

  • News Yes, There Really Is a Zelda Master Timeline Document

    No, you cannot see it

    There's been plenty of speculation over the years about how all the different Legend of Zelda games fit together: is Link to the Past before Ocarina of Time? Which came first, Minish Cap or Majora's Mask? Despite some outstanding efforts regrettably Nintendo has n

  • News Skyward Sword Swinging For Early 2011 Release

    At least it's not late 2011

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's release being pushed back to 2011 might have been a disappointing pill to swallow, but soldier on we must. Whilst not making it in-time for this year's Christmas wish list, the release window for Link's latest adventure is materializing. Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine UK, Skyward Sword producer Eiji Aonuma had this to say..

June2010

  • News Nintendo Considering Online Play and DLC for Future Zeldas

    Eiji Aonuma talks extra content and multiplayer

    Zelda games are single-player epics: one elf questing to prevent the resurrection of a giant evil and destruction of the world. But if Eiji Aonuma can make it work, we may one day see a Zelda game with online functions. Speaking to GameInformer, Mr Aonuma said he's constantly thinking about how people...

December2009

  • News Nintendo: We Don't Want To Remake Past Zelda Games

    Producer Eiji Aonuma doesn't want to break "emotional attachment" to classic titles

    In an excellent interview with IGN, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has explained why Nintendo doesn't follow the lead of other companies and remake vintage entries in the franchise: Whenever we have to think about the remake, we have to also think about the background, especially what kind of situation, what kind of..