Toon tastic!

The recent release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD has stirred the Zelda pot once again, raising discussion about the artistic direction of the series over the years.

Previously fans have seen realistic, cartoony and even cel-shaded takes on Link, but never before has Nintendo shown undue vigilance towards the visual side of the series — it has been willing to experiment along the way.

Until now, that is.

Speaking with UK magazine GamesTM, series overlord Eiji Aonuma explained how his development team would be more careful in the future with the graphical direction of esteemed franchise.

Aonuma told the publication his team learned a valuable lesson from the visual stages of the original Wind Waker:

I think we will be a bit more careful in the future, but if we find a new approach that not just the developers, but also the users would enjoy then I think we will want to break new ground again. But we haven’t found such an approach yet.

So, how do you feel about Nintendo exercising caution when it comes to the visual style of the Zelda series? Would you like to see another drastic movement similar to what we saw occur with Wind Waker, or would you prefer they keep things tame, akin to Twilight Princess? Let us know in the comments!