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Aonuma says he’s getting tired of the Zelda formula

Eiji Aonuma says he's getting tired of the current Legend of Zelda formula and hopes to mix it up for the next game.

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The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma recently revealed that he’s getting tired of the current Zelda formula and that it’s going to be changed, with the next Zelda game featuring many unexpected elements. Aonuma says a delicate balance must be maintained between the new and the old to make sure the new elements don’t clash with what’s established in the Zelda theme.

“It’s not that anyone is telling me we have to change the formula. I want to change it. I’m kind of getting tired of it. If I’m getting tired of it, then I’m sure other people are getting tired of it. There is an essential ‘Zelda’ I feel we need to stay true to. We are still testing things, exploring our options.”

It’s interesting to note that Aonuma has been hinting at new elements for the newest Zelda game for some time now, though this is the first time he’s spoken candidly about the current formula of the games and the success they’ve built upon.

Hopefully Aonuma can find a great balance between new and old so fans of the series enjoy the additions and newcomers will appreciate their first Zelda game. What do you think of this news? What features would you like to see in the upcoming Zelda game? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I think this is a great sign. I’m trying not to get myself too excited, but I’m doing a bad job…

  • Negatron99

    I trust you….. (please don’t break it…. p l e a s e)

  • DigitalBlawks

    Seems awesome. I also want to see some awesome boss battles. Maybe something where you have to scale a giant creature of sorts and wound him in several areas but you have to scale it via the hookshot or something.

    • coatlesscarl

      Sounds like you’re looking for Shadow of the Colossus.

      • DK_Hadouken

        I agree. Leave Shadow out of Zelda.

      • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

        or the god of war. naaa

  • sdmac200600

    Make the games harder please….

    • Fred

      how about put in a difficulty setting. Or offer a “master quest” without having to play through it once to access it. I’m sorry, but guys like me won’t be able to handle it if it’s harder, but if they gave us a choice and you could pick master quest and I could pick normal we’d both be happy

      • sdmac200600

        Yeah I’d be up for a difficulty setting but when I said make it harder, I meant make the puzzles in the game harder. I can breeze through the SS one’s fairly quick. They don’t have to be zelda 1 hard but at least make them link to the past of OoT hard.

  • DK_Hadouken

    I want an older Link. We’ve only seen him in his youth, adolescence and his late teens/early 20′s. Somewhere in his late 20′s/ early 30′s would be great. A much hardened Link would be welcomed too. Take a look at the SSBU Link when he and the rest where interrupted by Rock.

    Link is a warrior among Grooses, lol.

  • Ducked

    Link goes through puberty?

    • Nintyfan

      He already did. ( Adult Link )

      • Ducked

        Oh yeah, still haven’t played Twilight Princess. *facepalm*

        • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

          Well, yeah, he was grown in Twilight Princess, though in Ocarina of Time, he literally went through puberty in a flash, with the Temple of Time. Those growing pains bypassed! lol

          • Ducked

            Lol! It’s actually been 6 years since I played Ocarina of Time. Skyward Sword and Majoras Mask are the only recent ones I’ve played.

  • lozman1122

    Show us what you got! And please, no multiplayer. I like my single player Zelda. Feel free to introduce new elements though!

    • Ice Climbers

      If there’s any multiplayer, it would just be Miiverse integration.

      • lozman1122

        I think that Miiverse integration is a great medium between those who want it and those who don’t.

    • Fred

      I would love multi-player! My wife and I play video games together so that would be optimal to me. We loved playing 4 swords adventures on the gamecube together and I’d love having a 2player Zelda where I watch the screen on the gamepad and she watches the tv!

      • Brandon Gardner

        If its multiplayer the other controller will be playing with the fairy with the wii remote

        • Fred

          Who would want to be the fairy?

          • Matt

            Who wouldnt wanna be Navi’

          • Fred

            I don’t know explain to me what you’d actually do and I’ll tell you cause I might not want to be Navi’

          • lemonpop301

            navi is a guide in only one of the games haha

        • Stephen Davis

          Have you suffered brain damage in your frontal lobe, NO one wants to play as a fairy….

          • Brandon Gardner

            Lol it was just a joke calm down but Nintendo said Mario Galaxy had multiplayer and all you did was use the wii remote to collect things…. I can see that possibly happening on ths one

        • Marcos Parreira

          I could play the fairy. The problem is, who would give you advices? Who would say that you should rest because you have played for a long while? G_G

    • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      If he had to put multiplayer in the game, just speaking hypothetically here, I’d hope for it to just be a two-player co-op adventure, possibly featuring Link and Sheik working together to solve problems and team up against baddies.

      That might make for an interesting twist to the series, as well as make for some clever usage of the GamePad. (Two friends could use their own GamePads with co-op online, but it’d be an awesome way to introduce the usage of two GamePads locally.)

      But yeah, in general, I like my Zelda a single-player experience as well. Though, Aonuma’s already said that multiplayer would be a high hurdle. But hey, if they can manage to do it, well and with balance, I’m up for checking out to see how they tackle multiplayer–if that’s what they decide to do. The last time they did it, we got Four Swords, which was pretty fun.

      • Gecko Altair

        The Wii U console only supports one gamepad.

        • Pikachief

          It currently only supports one.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            That’s because they’re aren’t too many Wii U games that have a multiplayer option, even with games that do have multiplayer, usually the second player has to use a Wii remote, like Nintendo Land. That’s because they didn’t program the game to use a second Wii U gamepad. And at one of the past E3′s, Reggie confirmed that the Wii U supports two gamepads.

          • Pikachief

            Sorry i meant to put emphasis on “currently”. As in, it’ll have 2-game pad support in the future!

          • 00EpicGamer00

            No, the Wii U DOES have “2 gamepad support”. It all depends on if Nintendo programs that into their games. That’s why I brought up Nintendo Land, nobody is going to already have a gamepad when they go to buy the Wii U.
            Wait…is that what you meant? That the Wii U has 2 gamepad support, it just won’t officially appear in a game until later on? If so, then I apologize for rattling on about something you already told me.

        • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

          “With regards to the two GamePads functionality, from a gaming system standpoint we are developing games that will have that capability. In the future, perhaps when we get closer to something that, an environment where everybody or a large majority of people would have two GamePads, that might be a time where we look at how we can leverage a system of that nature.”

          ~ Shigeru Miyamoto, March 2013

      • lozman1122

        Four swords was a good game, but in the realm of the Zelda franchise, those were my two least favorite zelda games.

        • lozman1122

          but i know that’s just my opinion.

    • Hazmire

      Multiplayer would be amazing, think of the opportunities! If you don’t
      like multiplayer don’t play it. I mean I see that you may not want it as
      nintendo may not concentrate on the singleplayer aspect fully if there
      was multiplayer. But nintendo is good at balancing things. I would like a
      multiplayer that allows me and my friends to be different races of the
      zelda universe and adventure together!

      • lozman1122

        That would be an interesting and potentially fun concept, but I’d like that kept to a potential spin-off, not for a main franchise game.

    • sdmac200600

      Multiplayer co-op mode with completely different dungeon design that focuses on needing 2 people to complete would be awesome dude.

      • lozman1122

        Again, why would it be necessary to the game? Granted, Nintendo could bring back the four sword and make that another game around that, but unless the game was specifically structured for multiplayer, i’d rather not have it thrown in just for the sake of having it.

        • sdmac200600

          Have you played portal 2? It does exactly what I was explaining. If you haven’t played it watch some videos on portal 2 co-op. Granted it wouldn’t be necessary but I highly doubt that if it had online multiplayer, it wouldn’t affect you in anyway because you won’t even touch it seeing as how you are so against it. They can at least give us the option. Just because some don’t want it doesn’t mean all don’t.

          • lozman1122

            I know what you’re talking about. But portal and zelda are very different from eachother in terms of main story gameplay. If something like portal was to be done, don’t make it part of the main game. I’m well aware that some want it. I, however, don’t. That’s the beautiful thing about opinions. People can have different opinions. Just because people have different opinions doesn’t mean one of us and the other is wrong. No one is right and no one is wrong. It’s an opinion.

          • sdmac200600

            Well I was talking about it not tying into the main story. It would have it’s own simple story. Like a side quest in a bigger scale.

          • lozman1122

            i see. my apologies, I thought you were referring to it being an integral part of the main story and not just a side quest or a separate option from the main story. I would not be opposed to something like that, My opinions are targeting co-op play or multiplayer as a part of the main game.

      • Dampf

        No. No no no no no. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.

        • sdmac200600

          Reason? At least the person I directed my comment to gave me a reason so I’m curious to hear your reason.

          • Dampf

            Because Zelda should be a epic singleplayer experience with a great storyline, great overworld and many confusing dungeons. What’s the point in having dungeons for two players, there are many lonely gamers like me so I can’t play this dungeon I don’t get 100% of the game. That would just insult them who want a epic adventure and play alone to get deep inside the world. Zelda is not the right thing for multiplayer, so many games from Nintendo includes multiplayer.

          • sdmac200600

            It doesn’t have to be apart of the main story. It would be it’s own separate mode at the main screen.

    • Pikachief

      I definitely wouldnt mind a drop-in / drop-out co-op split screen where someone can just plug in a controller and play as a Hylian Knight or something. It wouldmt disrupt the flow or story at all, theyd just be there to help link out and can come and go as they please.

      • lozman1122

        An interesting idea. However, I’d need the in-game context around this idea to show that it is indeed a necessary component or addition to that particular entry.

    • Levi Johansen

      If they ever make multiplayer a part of the game it will probably be optional.

      EDIT: Like the Miiverse thing in Wind Waker – that’s optional right?

      • lozman1122

        I think that item, the tingle bottle, is indeed optional. Don’t quote me on that though, since i’m not completely sure.

    • bizzy gie

      whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?

      YES ONLINE MULTIPLAYER!!

      • lozman1122

        If Multiplayer would be added, i’d much rather for local than online. But this is just my opinion.

        • bizzy gie

          Why not? An open world you can explore with friends far from home.

    • lozman1122

      I appreciate all the comments and feedback. It seems like a lot of people like the concept of a zelda multiplayer. I personally like single player games more because of the immersion I feel I can get. Not saying multiplayer games don’t do that, but it’s my opinion that single player games do. For a series like zelda, I find it hard to be able to do multiplayer well. I know you had four swords and four swords adventures, but those two were my least favorite entries. If multiplayer would be introduced, I’d need some substantial information on the necessity of it in this series. From my current standpoint, I see no need for it. Other Nintendo IP’s would be a much better fit for multiplayer integration than zelda would be, given the context of the game. Now, being able to play as other characters besides link in a game would be awesome.

      • Squid

        I like multiplayer in a game only if the game was specifically made for it.

    • Sdudyoy

      I like the idea of a co-op Zelda just not in the main game, something like Portal 2 did, it sounds like it would fit Zelda better to me.

      • lozman1122

        Something like this could potentially work. It just needs to be done well.

      • sdmac200600

        That’s what I was talking about also.

      • lemonpop301

        what about creating a new character for zelda! bad example haha but kind of like Halo but instead of playing as another link you could play alongside Link as a completely new character. Be able to use the gamepad instead of split screen. Fuckin AWESOME

    • Wayne Beck

      I think Zelda is one of the few Established Single Player series that a Truly Multiplayer Co-Op game would be incredible for. As long as they maintain the games’ open world style, puzzles and allow players to roam fairly independent of one another I do not see how multiplayer could hurt the game at all. When you consider the actual back story of the Link character, there is no reason that he must be the main active character of the game. Especially if they take the story all the way back to the Hyrulian War.

      • lozman1122

        In my opinion, doing what you’re suggesting would be turning it into an MMO of sorts. I have nothing against MMO’s, but i’d rather not see Zelda turned into one. perhaps a spin-off?

        • Wayne Beck

          MMO? No. Boarderlands. To be an MMO, a game would have to have a persistent world and thousands of players in the same world. That would be awful for a Zelda. The MMO Genre can’t even figure out how to make a game that doesn’t literally point you to every single thing you have to look at pick up speak to or use. I don’t think they’ve put a puzzle in an MMO in ten years.

    • Shaise

      Ok this is really starting to annoy me! IF YOU DONT WANT MULTIPLAYER JUST DONT PLAY IT!!!!!!! Whats the matter with it?! ( and please note I’m not mad at YOU specifically I’m mad at the fact that people keep saying that )

      • lozman1122

        It’s all good. I’m sorry it annoys you, but I am merely expressing my opinion on a franchise I love.

        • Shaise

          meh, I guess I thought you were one of those trolls ,sorry, I should reserve those words of rage for the real trolls

          • lozman1122

            lol don’t worry about it, but I can assure you I am not one of those trolls.

    • Akatosh

      I usually play my Zelda games alone….

      I’m such a sad person.

      Anyways, I think Miiverse integration is a great, happy medium that keeps the balance Aonuma is referring to.

      • lozman1122

        Me too! And i do agree with Miiverse integration being a happy medium. Personally, I’d like there to be a way to take and upload videos instead of only pictures. Maybe there already is and i’m just outdated lol.

    • nin-10-doughfan

      they will probably show the game on 2014 E3 cause he just said that they are still testing things and exploring options so it maybe released 2015(holiday) and maybe pushed back more.Remember Miyamoto saying they have problems developing on HD shadings,maybe it will be the only zelda game on wii u besides wind waker when their next console comes out. well you just can’t rush development to make a good game so let’s just enjoy what they have to offer us at the mean time!

      • lozman1122

        True True. I wasn’t implying that I wanted to rush them, I know that to make great games takes time, and I think Zelda games are great great great. Wind Waker is in my top 3 Zelda games, so i’m definitely picking up the WWHD!

    • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

      The Hero of Time could use a purple tunic instead of a green tunic

      • lozman1122

        I see what you did there.

    • companyoflosers

      i see no problem with multiplayer as long as it doesnt take away from the single player and actually works. i dont want any references to be made to it while playing single player either like in mass effect 3. maye a dueling type thing or death matches with a team option and each player chooses 1 or two secondary items from the game.

    • Henry Hotspur

      Four Swords Adventure was one of the most brilliant entries. And that was because of its multiplayer.

      • lozman1122

        That’s your opinion. My opinion is that it was good, but it was not one of the better zelda games.

  • Anthony Stewart

    Doesn’t matter to me he’ll make a awesome game no matter what.

  • Akatosh

    Open world Aonuma… please… exploration… please… open world please…

    • greengecko007

      Zelda has always been open world…

      • Pikachief

        Except Skyward Sword. They have 3 stages, skyloft, and a flying area.

        • greengecko007

          Can you openly explore the world and go back to areas you already visited? Yes. Skyward Sword is open world, even if you have to unlock some of the areas. An example of a non open world adventure game would be Uncharted, where you are only allowed to explore the part of the world you are currently in, and are unable to go back to other areas.

          • Pikachief

            I can do that in Mario Galaxy 2, but i personally wouldnt consider that game open world.

          • greengecko007

            Well, it is an open world game.

          • oontz

            “An open world is a type of video game level design where a player can roam freely through a virtual world and is given considerable freedom in choosing how or when to approach objectives.”

            Zelda no longer gives you freedom in how or when you approach objectives. It’s a linear story line.

          • oontz

            no an open world is an open world. The whole map open to explore as you see fit from the start, not after unlocking different areas.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            You seem to be confused on what an open-world game actually is. I know you’ve been told this many times but, an open-world game is when you have NO restrictions what so ever, you can freely roam where ever you want.

            Skyward Sword is NOT an open-world game, it’s linear. Twilight Princess is a better example of a open-world, although it’s not a 100% open-world game, but it’s more open-world than Skyward Sword. (Just look at the first area you go to in the game, Faron Woods. The pathway to the dungeon is obviously set in a linear pathway since you can’t explore EVERYTHING! There’s usually trees or really high walls to the left or to the right that keep you from going anywhere.)

            An open-world game would be something like Skyrim since you can go wherever you want and you have no restrictions.

      • Akatosh

        I’m referring to open world as in the original game style or like the Elder Scrolls. Go anywhere you want without any restrictions at all. No, “You can’t go here until you’ve done this.”

      • oontz

        ummmm no. Not for a long time.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    I actually finds comments like this a bit worrying… It sounds to me that we wont get a new 3D Zelda, but something thats done alot quicker. Something down the lines of a 3d Mario World instead of the series established with Mario64. :(

    • Magnus Eriksson

      I really, really hope Im wrong…

      • Pikachief

        Mario 3D world is the way it is because theyre NOT doing something new. Saying theyre doing something new should provide us with… Something new!

        • oontz

          But if they do something like mario 3d world… it would BE NEW for zelda!

    • Akatosh

      Explain your logic, I don’t see how trying to invigorate something equals less time put into it. :

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Lets say we just wait and see…

    • oontz

      As soon as I read it, I thought of the zelda mini game in Nintendo Land and how much it would SUCK if they make it like that. I can totally picture them doing a multiplayer Zelda (like Mario 3d World) with HD graphics in the style of a link to the past (like 4 swords). If that happens… I am done with Nintendo.

  • Mr. J

    It hasn’t even come out yet and I don’t like it……… the reason I don’t like it well it hasn’t come out yet.

  • Brandon Gardner

    I hope Nintendo doesn’t keep us waiting forever on this game….

    • The Clockwork Being

      2015

      • Brandon Gardner

        Is that confirmed or just a rumor?

      • Nintyfan
        • Brandon Gardner

          I am thinking a late 2014 release as well…. ***fingers crossed***

          • oontz

            don’t see that being possible that is only 16 months away and he clearly says…

            “We are still testing things, exploring our options.”

            You don’t say that about a massive game IF it is only a year and half from release. Late 2015 seems more like it.

        • The Clockwork Being

          Really damn I had it marked at 2015

        • greengecko007

          They said quite a while back that they were shooting for a 2014 release date, but given all the back and forth articles about the new Zelda game (it will stay true to it’s core vs. Anouma wants to change the Zelda formula, etc) I’m thinking that they aren’t very far in development yet, otherwise we would have a more concrete statement from the developers, saying what they ARE doing, not what they WANT to do. Zelda U is looking more and more like a 2015 title.

        • oontz

          “We are still testing things, exploring our options.”

          If you’re a developer this means it’s very early in the life cycle of the game. Early 2015 at most but probably holiday 2015.

    • Mr. J

      the longer it takes the better the game will be thats something i’ve learned with nintendo

      • Brandon Gardner

        I agree but sometimes I think Nintendo takes “their time” a little too much…. I respect it but sometimes it just takes forever…. Look how long it took Skyward Sword to come out

        • greengecko007

          Yes, it took forever to release and it still had glitches, including a game breaking glitch.

    • Nintyfan

      I rather have them spend as much time as they need in making this an awesome game.

    • Pikachief

      Miyamoto has expressed that he wants Zelda games to come out at a faster pace. 3 years apart for console releases he said. I believe that would put this new title for late 2014 which is also what im expecting. Unless of course the whole HD needs more resources thing throws them completely off :/

      I can see it announced for 2014, definitely. But we all know zelda console titles are always delayed ;)

      • oontz

        “We are still testing things, exploring our options.”

        this game is VERY early in development. 2015 at the earliest.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          So you think that just because Aonuma said “we are still testing things, exploring our options” you think the game is barely in development!? First of all, Miyamoto said WAY back that the new Zelda game will be released in 2014, although it could be delayed, there is slight info that proves that a 2014 release could be true. Back at E3 2013, Miyamoto said that they were actually going to show the new Zelda game because they were further along in development than they thought they would be. So, according to this info, the Zelda game is NOT in early development. Early development would be like the R&D stage it was at when it was first announced. They’re probably at least half-way finished with the game, by now.

          • oontz

            You don’t test things and explore your options… 2 years into the development of a game. You do those things at THE START of the development process.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Then how do you explain the game almost being shown at E3? If the game was in “the start” of development, then Miyamoto wouldn’t of wanted to show it. Did you even read my comment? Miyamoto already said that he plans for the game to be released in 2014, and he said that they were really close to showing it at E3 because they were more far into the game than they thought they would be. So, Nintendo can’t test something that could appear later in the game?

          • oontz

            Look you can think or assume anything you want (this isn’t the first time we’ve seen you do so) but from the point of view of a developer… You test things and explore your options at the start of game development to find the best ideas to bring your story/experience to life.

            Now granted his quote may have been taken out of context… but making major changes or still testing game styles/play almost 2 years into development either means big delays or its still early in its life. Do you ever wonder why they didn’t show anything? Why we’re getting a updated port of Windwaker to hold us over? Maybe because the next Zelda is still a few years away.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            I’m sorry for how I acted before. Look, i’m just trying to add up all the things Nintendo said, trying to make a logical explanation. Now, as to why Nintendo never showed Zelda at E3, i’m not 100% sure on that, the only thing I can think of is that they didn’t want to over-hype people on games. Think about it, if they would of announced Zelda, that would of been another 2014 game. And how many did they show at E3 that aren’t coming out until 2014? (Just Wii U, not 3DS) I think two (three if you count Bayonetta) so, people would probably be more mad than happy.

            But, what if Aonuma already knows his vision for a “fresh” Zelda, and is just telling us his intention? What if he has tested everything, and is in full production with his ideas? The article doesn’t say WHEN Aonuma said that. I mean, for all we know Aonuma could of said this last year but didn’t want to share it until now.

          • oontz

            The original interview was from June 2013 (a month ago) and the way he is speaking/quoted informs the reader he is speaking in the present tense. By using words such as “are” instead of the past tense “were” and also “exploring” instead of “explored”

            In the source article he also states that the team CURRENTLY working on Windwaker HD will also be working on Zelda Wiiu and using things they learned from Windwaker on the Wiiu Zelda… WHEN they finish the Windwaker HD conversion.

            Further more when asked about the release date of Zelda Wiiu, he states…

            “But I can’t tell you where in the development we are because things are still up in the air.”

            This speaks volumes from a developer’s point of view. Things still up in the air means they are still in the planning/testing phase. This is exactly what a developer would say while they are “still testing things and exploring their options” very early in game development. So from all the info we have so far (problems with developing HD games, interviews, etc) I would say mid to late 2015 for a ZeldaU release.

            Maybe Miyamoto wanted to show something at e3 to generate buzz. Maybe he wanted to even just show some concept art and drawings… as game developers often do when in early development stages. Maybe Aonuma didn’t have anything good to show yet of the game so Miyamoto changed his mind. Maybe Nintendo realized that if fans had to wait till 2015 to actually play the game they would be angry and regret their wiiu purchase OR more likely for fans waiting to buy a wiiu, they’d keep waiting. Unfourtuntely only Nintendo knows the truth and when the game is actually coming.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Oh okay, that does make allot of sense. But we will just have to wait and see. Remember, miracles do happen.
            If what he said is from a month ago though…do you think, by now, he knows what he’s doing? That, he might be finished with most of the testing?

  • Wishsong214

    Really hoping that they do mix it up substantially; make the next Zelda feel like a new age of Zelda games. Skyward Sword was a fitting end to the old age (although I guess we still have A Link Between Worlds, which looks possibly over-formulaic). The next Zelda should not just be another Zelda game. It should feel like its own game.

  • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

    Aonuma is the man!

    • Guest

      I personally think Aonuma would make a great candidate for a next Nintendo President, when a time should come for one. He stays true to Nintendo’s heritage while often trying to do something new to expand Nintendo’s heritage. Sounds like a great leader.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Better sooner than later

  • YayGs

    Change is mostly good. Even if it ends up being not as great (which I doubt) at least there will be something different to experience. Could you imagine if EVERY franchise was just a clone of it’s first game?

    • Luffy

      most franchise are… but then again, most franchise do not last very long!

  • barwiifan

    What’s wrong with Zelda? The only thing I hope for is after you finish the game, you could pick what dungeon to without doing the previous ones.

    • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      I don’t think he’s saying something wrong with Zelda. I think he’s just saying that the series could stand to try to shake up the typical formula he’s been creating for almost 20 years now. I love the Zelda franchise to death, but it has gotten quite a bit too formulaic. A little too routine. Perhaps a little too safe.

      Though, not that there’s anything wrong with sticking to a formula, but sticking to one for so long without ever trying something refreshing can make it feel like a lack of inventiveness after a while. Aonuma’s just saying–if he as a creator working on the game feels they should try something refreshing with Zelda with this next game, he’s sure many of the fans can feel it, too. He’s right.

      While we certainly still do love the latest entries in the series, the franchise could stand to try something new. But I wouldn’t worry. If I had to trust someone with taking a chance in trying something new with Zelda, it’s going to be Aonuma.

  • sslamajama97

    Whatever you do, Aonuma, don’t change it TOO much. Make it amazing and new, but still find a way to keep the classic Zelda feel of going into dungeons, beating monsters, getting magical items, and saving the princess. Make it new, but don’t completely change what Zelda is about.

  • Stoenk

    Zelda games have always introduced something new with each installment

  • Nicolas Eddowes

    What about co-op? That would be an interesting way to use the gamepad for P1 and the whole TV for P2

  • Adrian

    Just make it tight. A godly sprint feature to get through large areas more quickly would be nice too….if you could make it non-exploitable. Ohh, like make it so that you would lose one heart for [time period] that you were sprinting…like every few seconds.

  • Adam Porter

    worst news ever, if i was to have nintendo play it safe with one game for wiiU it would be the game i bought the console for. if this game is bad i will probably stop playing games altogether as there would be no point in it anymore. there was nothing wrong with the formula in TP, WW, SS, or OoT, why change it now?

    • Luffy

      Skyward Sword actually changed it a bit.
      I think it will be interesting to see what they do.

  • Ice Climbers

    Nintendo just posted their Pikmin 3 commercial for North America. Feels like one of those old school 90′s commercials. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXf0dZ42T_M

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Now that was a good ad Nintendo, thank you. No families gawking at a TV, no dubstep, and we saw some gameplay. I hope they add critic’s scores to the ads (it got 5 stars in my newspaper) to say this aint shovelware, buy it, it’s awesome, that’s all I can really think of to improve this ad.
      Thanks for posting this :)

      • Ice Climbers

        No problem. I hope Nintendo makes more commercials like this, for both Wii U and 3DS games. Oh, and Sega, make a Sonic Lost World commercial in this fashion!

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Sounds good to me. I’m not accusing them of rehashing Zelda in anyway and believe that they always find a good balance between old and new elements but I feel as though a few things need tweaking. Mainly the story, with Majora’s Mask being the only exception (correct me if I’m wrong) it always ends up with Zelda gets taken away so find her. Skyward Sword mixed that up a bit (I won’t spoil anything) but it’s the old damsel in distress cliche and I want rid. How about a game with Zelda in a more prominent role, if not as the main character then she could accompany Link (like in Spirit racks) or be playable in some sections of the game (like the bug-hunting sections of TP, or dowsing in SS, replace those with something to do with Zelda) oops ranting again :)
    I’d also like a more cinematic Zelda, they’ve improved on that in recent games but I think they could go a little further.
    How about some sort of co-op, if they don’t have 2 player online or local multiplayer (that would be good though, what if rather than adding extra online games you could work through a dungeon with a friend online?) they could do something like in PH where you played as both Link and a Goron to take down a boss? Zelda could fill that role. Or if you have Navi in the game you could fly her like the beetle and find items/hit switches.
    and how about more exploration, SS’s overworld was more fragmented and small, TP’s world was great but there weren’t many secrets like in the old games. But I’m not to keen on the way the old ones dropped you in there with no help or story. If they were to add the exploration aspect of the old games but with more story and tutorials (for those who need it) then that wold be perfect.
    Anyway, I think this is good news Zelda needed a bit of tweaking so i can’t wait to see it. just as long as the core concept of overworld and dungeons remains intact with traditional puzzle solving and Boss Battles etc, then I’m happy.

  • Madmagican

    Don’t change it too much, find a great balance between new and old and keep the main game single player please
    I look forward to new stuff

  • JamesJose

    why change something that isn’t broken?

  • nin-10-doughfan

    they are still testing and exploring options so its still a long way to go for this game and it probably be ready for them to show the game next E3 2014 and maybe for release 2015(holiday!) and pushed back again further.Remember what Miyamoto said that they have problems on developing on HD shading, but you can’t rush things to have a good game so until then enjoy what we have and maybe the next zelda game will be the only zelda game on the wii u (besides wind waker) before another console comes out from them and another process will be the same on and on and on.

  • Josiah Parsons

    ZeldaKart!
    (just kidding)
    (almost)

  • Marky1423

    I think it would be nice if there could be some kind of multiplayer temples we could solve with two players

  • Sydney Ultrasyd

    I don’t care about multiplayer. I want open world ! And something … I don’t want to say realistic, but closer to reality concerning geography / topography. Not this kind of blocks / walls that delimit a corridor when you are supposed to be in the nature. That’s boring and modern consoles can do great things now. Please, nothing again like that stupid desert or the ridiculous forest of Skyward Sword. I really felt like walking in a dead world : one village, and then a few zones looking like corridors.

  • $41809923

    an online multiplayer game of zelda

  • Luffy

    Great news!
    One of the reason I really like Skyward Sword is because they tried to change the formula a bit.

  • Squid

    This would be a perfect chance for that idea of being Sheik in OoT.. It could change the formula a bit since Link and Sheik are very different. And maybe That incarnation of Zelda can get some character development,

  • Nicolas Dorion

    Why is everybody against the multiplayer aspect? If you don’t like it play alone! The fact that you can play with a friend won’t affect the quality of the single player experience! This is nintendo, not infinity ward!

    • lozman1122

      Woah buddy, calm down there. I was merely expressing an opinion of mine, just like you’re now expressing an opinion of yours. I am well aware that I could just “play alone”. However, I don’t feel the need for multiplayer in Zelda unless it is crucial to the game, such as four swords and four swords adventures. That is all. I’m sorry my opinion seems to have flustered you, but again, it’s my opinion. I believe Nintendo’s other franchises would be better suited for a multiplayer aspect than Zelda.

      • Nicolas Dorion

        sorry if I seemed angry, i wasn’t at all. I just wanted to express my opinion, because not just you, but a lot of people I know don’t like the idea of a multiplayer zelda game. sorry again, it wasn’t an attack at all, I just put a lot of energy into my thoughts!

  • Douglas McCunn

    I’m getting tired of all the Zelda secrecy!!!

  • Tecpedz94

    I got so scared i miss-read and though he said he was tired of zelda phew! I freaked foe a sec lol

  • FaTih

    A first person action adventure ?

  • Logan Wade

    Give me my friggin magic back

  • PS4/WiiU

    NOOOOOOOO, don’t change Zelda

  • Potemkin

    Finally!!!

  • Cutcopy

    I’m still ok with including Zelda as a playable character. Either by having the two go on the adventure together (and perhaps have the choice to swap between characters for different situations or be 2 player) or having separate chapters were you play as Link for one side of the story and then Zelda on the other side. That still sticks to the ground work of a Zelda game but changes it up

  • Will.F. Martinez

    This is going to be interesting

  • http://www.twitter.com/wheres_my_phone zzzzz

    They need to focus the gameplay around exploration more and not require us to run through the same story again.

  • brian murphy

    you fuck up zelda the backlash will be bigger than xbox ones drm we will have your head on a pig pole

  • oontz

    “We are still testing things, exploring our options.”

    This means that we wont be playing WiiU Zelda till at least 2015. Which is shitty news indeed!

    • Smashninja22

      I really don’t care if its delayed, It be even better if it is. I have 100% trust that the next entry will be a complete mastery in all grading categories. Zelda U game of the year of 2015, 2016. I think Iwata said there looking to release the next one at least 3 years after skyward sword but they later said they misjudged how long Hd development will take so 4-5 years

  • Groose

    Didn’t they already say they were changing it up with Skyward Sword?…anyways this game is definitely going to be awesome! I can’t wait to see how they will integrate the game-pad.

  • lemonpop301

    no multiplayer unless four swords, i think an open world would be a good change but other than that i like zelda how it is

  • Johny

    sound good

  • Akatosh

    You need to try harder.

  • Andrew Chambers

    Well look who’s back.

  • Kladz

    Yeah, Nintendo is lame because of Aonuma’s getting tired of his own games formula. Good argument. (Sarcasm!!!1!11!)

  • Andrew Chambers

    Well, it probably loves CoD games and they don’t get tired of their own formula. So it probably thinks that adding variety and evolving game design prove a game is bad.