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Aonuma discusses linearity in Zelda titles, says series should depart from recent entries

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Eiji Aonuma has gone on record in the past stating the newest Zelda Wii U title should be a more open world, similar to the original Zelda on NES. Despite A Link Between Worlds coming out last year with the ability to visit dungeons in any order you choose, rather than being sent there, Aonuma says the title was still too linear for his liking.

“The recent Zelda games have been rather linear, as I thought players didn’t like getting lost, wondering what to do, or where to go. However, I’ve come to question this ‘traditional’ approach as I felt that we couldn’t gain the sense of wonder that existed in the original Legend of Zelda, in which you made unexpected encounters and where what used to be impossible would suddenly become possible.”

“We will, of course, continue to question and reconsider the approaches we have taken in the past without any reservations.”

This statement feeds into the rumor that the next Zelda title for Wii U could be the most open world game we’ve seen yet, which could be a breath of fresh air for the series. Many people didn’t like the island hopping in Wind Waker initially, but upon revisiting the title people seem to find a game that is refreshing.

Would you like a more open world Zelda showcased at this year’s E3?

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  • Shota

    zelda at this year’s e3 . can’t wait!!!

  • ActivesiN

    I just finished Zelda Wind waker hd yesterday and I loved the open world aspect of that game, so if the new one is going to be the same but offer even more choices then I am excited

    and Zelda U has to be showed at E3!

  • Michael Hughes

    It’s hard to express how much I’d like to play the Zelda game teased above. I open my mouth to form sentences but all that issues is a squee pitched just above hearing.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    This makes me really happy to hear Aonuma say this….I do want a more Open World Zelda.

    • Squid

      So does he, he wants to change the formula, and probably will. Very exciting.

  • Snake Eater

    I think that the Legend of Zelda titles should be as hard as the first game with a big open world to go with it.

    • NintendoNoob

      More like MM for me

    • jjbredesen

      Yup, recent games have been far to easy, i never died in Skyward Sword before Demise where i dies 2 times, and in ALBW i died once before the final boss, and won on my first atempt.

      They need to make it more like MM in terms of dificulty, and make a new world etc. Donno what we will get, but i am exstremly excited for me Zelda U is my most anticipated game of this generation (so far.)

      I also want to see more of an RPG element, like in SS and ALBW (Rental system, shield and item upgrades etc.) I think it makes the game feel more personal, and that is for me important in a Zelda game, i grow in skill with my avatar (Link). And then we need a fantastic story, and Zelda always has a good one, i felt like ALBW story was a bit lacking, but it was good.

      Don’t care that much about the artstyle, but it will be interesting to see. I hope it will show of how capeble Wii U is, i am a TP fan, but i feel like its color palet was to grey, so if they could make a more colorful version of it, i would be really happy.

      • Squid

        A Link Between Worlds has a good story, it wasn’t all that story based though, like Link to the past, and it’s dungeon setting is great too, and clever. Majora’s mask had a nice world, but I do feel that the timer was very daunting in dungeons. Majora’s Mask is really good. My current favorite is wind Waker.

        • jjbredesen

          I love Wind Waker, one of my favs to, but my problems with the game is the boss fights and dungeon design. MM has the best and worst temple of all Zelda games, the worst being Great Bay temple, and the best being stone tower. My fav Zelda game is still OOT, still enjoy it after beating it close to 25 times :P

          • MerryBlind .

            Great Bay was a great temple what are you talking about. Personally I find all 4 temples from MM pretty great. That’s why the fact it ‘only has 4 dungeons’ never really bothered me because they’re all good, while pretty much all other Zelda games have one or two lackluster ones.

        • sillybajillies

          I feel like the game should be something like GTA5 [or WindWaker for that matter] where there’s a main storyline and dungeons, but you can work on the story when you want to and there are random people and sidequests that you can meet/begin during or after the main story. I use GTA 5 as my example because Windwaker didn’t really have a lot of NPCs. It felt like the world was mostly dead aside from the 2 town islands. Having random encounters with different NPCs would make the world really come alive.

          • Squid

            That sounds nice but I don’t want it to be too much like GTA.

          • sillybajillies

            of course no guns and no crude humor and whatnot, i just meant the different ways they made the world seem alive. You’d see people interacting with each other in the streets and you could help random people who were being robbed or needed a ride somewhere. It made the world seem dynamic, like your character wasn’t alone. On the topic of being alone, Link always has a singular struggle. In Twilight Princess there was the Resistance, but they could have expanded on them greatly. Hell, where was the army of Hyrule? There should have been soldiers attacking the bandits that were storming hyrule field and kakariko village. it needs to feel like the rest of the world realizes the danger they’re in a fight back too.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            I think a better example would be Red Dead Redemption. Just take out the guns, the small crude humor, and replace John Marston with Link. You got yourself the best Zelda game ever!

        • Mendoza Manuel

          Most daunting music in the zelda franchise…jus sayin…

          • David Horowitz

            What about the “Shadow Temple” or “Inside the Well” music?

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        One word: Agreed.

        I’m also a big TP fan, loved the dark style.

        • WarioForever

          Finally TP fans. I have been looking for TP fans for 3 months and now I realised that you guys are them. So, hello TP friends :D

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            Hello to you aswell fellow TP fan. I even dare to go as far to say that TP is even my most favorite Zelda game. Looked awesome, realistic dark style ftw. Loved the provinces and the many side quests, only one thing could have made it better, “More Sidequests and More Dungeons” k k that’s two things.

        • The Clockwork Being

          I hold MM and TP in high regards. MM is my favorite of the series!

          • MM addict

            Marry me

        • Blaze247

          yea, I liked OoT imo and also TP… It was the first Zelda game I actually completed! Rly nice story and gameplay!

      • Magnus Eriksson

        But Zelda isnt about dying. Its about the experience, the magic.

      • Geckoblade64

        This is the most anticipated game of my life

        • jjbredesen

          I am sure you will say that about the next gen Zelda aswell :P, but yeah right now it is mine to!

        • val berger

          I stopped saying stuff like this due to some overhyped experiences in the past. For instance, in Zelda OoT, they were always teasing people with stuff like ‘you’re gonna need one days to go from one side of the gameworld to the other’ and, well, I was young and actually believed they’r talking realtime here, not that 15 minutes Zelda-day ;D
          Back then I got so damn overhyped due to many similar teasers from nintendo, I barely could build up the empathy most other players were able to bring into the game. So beware. I didn’t expect anything at all when playing Skyward Sword and I really loved it. And I feel like I’m overhyped for that upcoming one already.

      • Tim van Broekhoven

        Imho Skyward Sword has the best story of all Zelda games. I loved SS.

        • Donaald

          Did you play MM?

          • Tim van Broekhoven

            Nope, its about the only zelda I havent played

          • Donaald

            You’re missing out, bro.

        • val berger

          Me too. dunno if it was the best of em all, but I really liked SS and would love to see its recipe reused. Combined with more open world and a hero mode, it could get ultimate.

        • jjbredesen

          Its story was fantastic and i loved the cinamatic aproch and combat, but it was a little to easy, My top 5 are:

          1. TP
          2.MM
          3.SS
          4.OOT
          5.WW

        • Akatosh

          I would argue TP and MM have equally strong storylines, however, SS wins at beautiful animation and cinematics.

      • Donaald

        I wouldn’t mind going back to the TP formula, emphasizing combat while having long puzzling dungeons, that would be epic.

        • jjbredesen

          Yup, if they made a TP style game, with its great puzzled etc. The combat of skyward sword and story and the exploration of Wind Waker+ some elements for MM it would be perfect.

      • David Horowitz

        I want there to be REALLY hard enemies! At least just one. You know, soemething like the dark nut in TP. The first one was pretty difficult, but you wet your pants when you walk into a room with four of them.

        • David Horowitz

          I want an adventure, and/or sidequests, that’ll kill me several times. But not the annoying, one hit kill deaths, but the “I’ve been bested at this sword fight”, death.

    • Blaze247

      Yea, it WOULD be nice to see a DRASTIC change in the Legend of Zelda formula. Who knows? These turn of events could bring us Nintendo Fans some new spice!

  • Johny

    personally, i dont even mind that much if a good zelda game is linear as long as its a good game and well executed. In my honest opinion some people are just searching for things to bash in this great franchise. But of course, i can completely see why alot of fans would like a non-linear zelda.
    Either way… i can’t wait for a BOOM with zelda wii u on this year’s E3 ! :D

    • ICHI

      I loved skyward sword, but did wish Fi would be quiet from time to time and let me figure out I needed to douse or that something was important.

      • Johny

        good point :) that unnecesarry handholding was just way too common. And then dousing and stuff just felt stale and a chore, rather than an actual tool that helps you on your adventure.

    • val berger

      The Problem with linear Zeldas is, that they have already been there. If there’s one thing I don’t like about most Zeldagames of the past, it’s that you barely get surprised by their structure. You always know ‘OK I made it through the first dungeons, now there’s gonna be some milestone where I’m gonna get the Master sword and then I’ll finish about 5 further dungeons and beat the final boss’. And as soon as Nintendo moves away from that recipe, you’ll get disappointed like with the Triforce Hunt in Wind Waker, although this mainly sucked because I knew they had cut 2 precious dungeons out and replaced them with …this. I’m just sayin on the one hand, they are reusing their formular for ages now, on the other hand they have to create some new one in order to keep the franchise alive.

      • Johny

        on the other hand… who says it can’t be like… THAT kind of a franchise… where the emphasis is not on the structure, but on level design, clever puzzles, cool combat, etc…
        But hey… a franchise where the structure is not the emphasis ? … wait…we already have mario for that lol :)

        • val berger

          you actually pointed out the problem of Zelda VS the benefit of Mario. As Mario is so reduced to it’s platforming gameplay, most attempts to bring stuff like a story into that franchise are usually failing (Sunshine for me didn’t really work on a storytelling perspective, yet surely in terms of gameplay). Zelda on the other hand needs a certain depth, atmosphere, characters and storytelling to properly work and as OoT is still like the last huge milestone to really stand out in terms of its appeal as well as its gameplay, Nintendo should really get rid of some forced paradigms they are carrying around ever since. Zelda games are often more like games that try to step out of OoTs shadow instead of standing on their own feet. Twilight Princess didn’t even try it and looked like a OoT-remake while Skyward Sword was like the desperate attempt to do like everything possible to be different but somehow they still managed to not stand out as much as it needs to be done. After OoT was just like a multiplication of the 2D Zelda-formula,

          Nintendo should *just* do that once again, which is somehow what many players wanted ever since. I guess Twilight Princess was their attempt to meet that demand, but didn’t really work out for me. So yeah, I think with Oblivion and Skyrim, there are games that already went into that direction, many (not all) Zelda fans wanted that franchise to move on. And at some point when playing Skyrim, I’m also just thinking, if I wanna play open world, I could just stick to skyrim, because Bethesda is quite good at delivering stuff like this. Nintendo should keep doing what they are good at and I don’t really think copying stuff that’s already there is really helping anyone here. The only way to really create a Zelda experience that I would really, truly love was to create something surprising, because that’s just what I’m missing with most things about Nintendo these days. Old franchises, always the same gameplay, every generation gets just a set of stuff that has already been there before. Sure, in some cases thats just not true, like Nintendo shows with Super Mario games where most games are very unique, SM3DW was really one of the most exciting experiences in years for me. But I think that’s an exception and I hope it doesn’t stay one.

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  • wober2

    I remember in part what made oot and windwaker so special for me was just wandering around exploring and running into quests that way. I really wished that skyward sword was more fluidly open world but I also imagined there was technical limitations on the wii.

  • classicgamer20

    That would be awesome. I loved the feel of exploration that the original had. The series seems to be going back to its roots which makes me really happy keep up with the good work Aonuma

  • LukeMM95

    Really exciting news. One of the biggest problems I had with Skyward Sword was the bland, linear structure. People complained about how boring sailing was in Wind Waker but I found that much more interesting than the flying portions of Skyward.

    • Tim van Broekhoven

      But WW has much more sailing. It’s almost the only thing you do in that game…

    • val berger

      The flying wasn’t the problem. The problem was that they didn’t put enough content into the clouds to keep you excited. It would have been perfect if they did as the main problem in WW was the lack of some bigger mainland or huge island to explore. Always just hopping from one little island to another and spending the rest of the time controlling the wind so you can move along just isn’t what Zelda should feel like. And I actually liked WW, it just didn’t feel like a finished concept.

  • Sdudyoy

    YES! Skyward sword was way to linear, I liked A link between worlds but it was to easy, I haven’t played Hard mode, but now that I know the puzzles the game would be way to easy, Twilight princess is my favorite Zelda game, but even that game was more linear than OOT, although I don’t really care for the first Zelda game, I loved that it didn’t tell you what to do, most of the dungeon’s where a puzzle just to find, Zelda is my favorite franchise so I’m glad that they are changing some stuff, instead of releasing the same game over and over again, this E3 is going to be great!

    • Gudleifson

      I couldn’t agree with you more, mister Sdudyoy.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    with a world like Hyrule, Zelda should have been open world as a standard a long time ago…so many missed opportunities

    • val berger

      Actually Back in the NES and SNES times, Nintendo really made every Zelda game like the definitive adventure game that became state of the art, redefining the industry and smashing through all paradigms. OoT somehow achieved this once again, but somehow built up such an iconic idea of how the Zelda world should look like and moved in such a strong atmospheric, deep, storytelling direction, that Nintendo kinda struggled to move out of that shadow ever since. Every Zelda game ever since had to mess with OoT instead of really moving along and for the mainstream masses, Zelda isn’t what it used to be in the 90ies. It isn’t that superhyped must-play-game anymore. Sure, it still manages to draw attention, but it has become just a good franchise. I’d love to see Nintendo really smashing the industry once again, but even if they are moving forward like promised here, I don’t really see that happening.

  • greengecko007

    I thought A Link Between Worlds did a good job breaking from the usual linear gameplay, but I don’t feel that linearity is what’s causing the gameplay to become stale. It’s the formulaic nature of many of the games, such as getting three pieces of shadow, three mirror pieces, three pendents, three orbs, three flames, etc. The pacing of the recent Zelda games is very predictable.

    I also think hand holding has become a major problem in the series. Yes, I don’t want to be dumped in a world with just a sword and be given absolutely no information, but at the same time, I don’t need Fi telling me I’m low on hearts (Skyward Sword), and I don’t want signs outside dungeons showing me what item to use to solve a puzzle (A Link Between Worlds).

    • MerryBlind .

      Well given how Zelda games are enjoyed by people of all age, I think it would be good to add in Difficulty Settings. So that kids can play on Easy, and have more tips more regularly and easier combat with less aggressive enemies who do less damage. Older, more experienced, gamers, could play on Hard with almost no tips except the bare minimum and actually challenging combats for once.

  • au8277

    Hmmm, I’ll tell you what; Grand Theft Epona sure sounds like a good time to me. Side quests/missions, non-linear play; actual rpg leveling, big-time overworld freedom.

    Have at it, Aonuma-san. My body, and my wallet, are ready.

    • Gudleifson

      well said my man!

  • Squid

    Well to be honest, linearity is getting out of touch for Zelda, I do hope they make some big epic Zelda world which is possible with Wii U.

  • WarioForever

    Yes! Open world Zelda at last! I have been waiting for this for a long time!

  • X3Charlie

    I’ve liked the stories of the recent games, but I think Zelda needs more compelling background characters, a world with people who change as time moves on. Also we need more discovery, not only the same landmarks but new ones.

    • Gudleifson

      Pardon me, i have to disagree… I thought Gross from “The Legend of Zelda skyward sword” was a rather gastly character and I would be rather glad we don’t get another character like that.

      • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

        Groose was fine but the others were easily forgettable. They were lacking personality compaired to previous games. I’d say both Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword both had rather dull NPCs. Midna Telma and Groose Empa and those kids that followed you around in TP (forgot their names)being the only exceptions

  • Ryan F

    Seems like we’re approaching a Zelda game that has multiple potential storylines for the player to go after.

    One small thing they can improve on: In every Zelda game, rupees are just too easy to come by. Make us rely on the in-game economy a little more.

    • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

      Also give Zelda a more active role in the game…maybe co-op or a second quest showing the game from her perspective.Link relying on swordplay combat while Zelda focuses on using magic

      • Gudleifson

        Although that’s an intresting consept. However, i would rather like it to continue as a solo mission game. if you don’t mind me saying so… m’yesss

  • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

    Aonuma needs to stop making vague comments about Zelda U and just wow us with gameplay footage…but I know they’re saving that for e3.

    • Capt. Smoker

      he’s a wacky man, it wouldn’t be his idea of fun to show us now, he loves to torment us for a while instead lol that’s just his style, gotta love him for it

      • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

        I can see it now Zelda U…..Coming in fall 2015

        • Capt. Smoker

          Or is it 2016? round and round the Zelda go round :D

          • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

            ….when releases nobody knows!

    • Zuxs13

      I can tell despite all these positive things he is saying, i won’t be wowed by Zelda U. I don’t think they will take the risks necessary to wow me. But I will most likely still love the game, i haven’t played one yet i didn’t.

  • Capt. Smoker

    They’ve always seemed pretty open to me, OOT was, spent all my time hanging round the market playing mini games when I was kid Link, TP was the same, only better, that game had tons of side stuff to do and was truly beautiful, as for SS, it wasn’t the best game in the franchise but it was fun, it met WW is the middle and rather than sailing, you were flying, personally I’d love another WW game, but The elder scrolls Zelda would do me very nicely :)

    • val berger

      The main structure is and has always been very linear though.
      [edit] not always, there was a time where you could do dungeons without a specific order. But even this isn’t what I understand under non-linear.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    Zelda U: World of Warcraft + Elder Scrolls = Zelda U = Gamegasm’s every 5-10 minutes. A dream becomes reality. But probably it’ll stay a dream for much longer. Aonuma-san makes me very curious though is it June already?

    • MerryBlind .

      BLASPHEMY. Please keep WoW away from anything Zelda-related. Thank you.

      • Joey

        I agree, keep WoW and anything else too out of this…let alone the gameplay be the way Zelda series always been.

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        blasphemy talking about wow like that.

        Owell the reference I added wow the huge amount of quests, giving you hundreds of hours of gameplay, taking place in a Skyrim like world would be awesome, with classic zelda Gameplay loads of people would like it, add more as you please, imagine possible new worlds besides those we know of. Heck it could even work taking place during the great hyrulian war as a MMO you would probably not play as Link then though.

        Perhaps more an Xenoblade like world or something, zelda doesn’t look much like wow agreed 100% but multiple continents and thousands of optional quest for sure sounds interesting, as we all know Hyrule is only a country in the world of Zelda, there is also the MM world, Golden Land aka Lorule, the shadowworld as seen in TP. so it is everything but blasphemy, whether you like it or not, wow took a lot from the Zelda series and it has worked for over 10 years now.

        Call me crazy, call it blasphemy whatever you like but the idea isn’t all that crazy (just don’t do the rpg wow element which has failed bigtime after Burning Crusade, and only got worse in Lich King and Cataclysm and even further out of control in Mists of Pandara, hence I quit wow after taking down deathwing and before mists of pandaria was released)

    • Capt. Smoker

      A Zelda world…. in the style of sword art online, way too far away :(

    • Zuxs13

      Zelda doesn’t really have the characters and story to fit an MMO. But eh RPG elements of Elder Scrolls, or Skyrim, would be a nice touch.

      I wouldn’t be opposed to some kind of online portion to the game or online multi-player portion, but not required or not part of the main story.

  • MerryBlind .

    I know this would probably be too ambitious and unrealistic, but the discussions between the different artstyle of the Zelda series got me thinking of an awesome idea the other day.

    Zelda games have almost always have some kind of dual universe. A Link to the Past, OoT, TP, etc. all have a normal and a dark world. MM’s Termina Field is a kind of twisted mirror of OoT’s Hyrule. WW has kind of 2 worlds too, etc. etc. etc.

    Also, Zelda games have had all kind of artstyles.

    So imagine if Zelda U had two completely different artstyles for its 2 Worlds. For example, have the ‘normal world’ be super realistic and detailed, and dark, etc., and have the ‘other’ world super cartoony and colorful like WW or SS.

    Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    • Zuxs13

      Not sure the different art styles would be a good idea. i think it would turn too many people off to the game.

      • MerryBlind .

        How so? Quite the contrary actually. They could satisfy the fans who want something more along the lines of OoT, and go full-on funky and crazy for the other world.

        • Zuxs13

          How so? Well I wouldn’t want to buy Skyrim, then half way through have it look like a cartoon. I wouldn’t want to play Uncharted then play an episode of Care Bears in part of the game. I wouldn’t want to play Dragon quest type game then have part of the game look like GTA.

          It turns people off, people would find it distracting or have it take away from the spirit of the game. the art style is almost as important to the experience of a game as they game play. Its part of what attracts people to a game. Sure some people might like the idea and it would be complete speculation to say which way the majority would go. But I personally would hate it.

          • MerryBlind .

            Well… I guess I get what you’re saying, and I agree it couldn’t work with ‘serious’ games like Elder Scrolls or Uncharted. But the thing is, Zelda has always had a different artstyle for each game already, and the concept of two different worlds is already at the roots of the series, my concept would just take both of these aspect of the franchise, and bring them to a whole new (coherent) level.

  • Dark-Link73

    (Please not that the following is my own personal opinion. It is not my intention took be wrong or right on the views expressed below)

    Ever since he became the director of the series, Aonuma is being trying very hard to change the Zelda series and make it its own. While the desire to make one’s work “their own” by changing it to fit the person’s vision can bring a positive and refreshing change, if done just to satisfy their own convictions, such changes can sometimes bring confusion and dissatisfaction to the people for whom ultimately the work is created. The consumer.

    I completely agree that the series needs evolve and change in order to stay fresh. I also agree that Zelda titles were becoming too linear (mainly SS, WW to a point). But what I do not agree is to impose an art style just because he loves it and to make changes to the story of Zelda in order to fit Aonuma’s vision of Zelda. The art style to which referring is the cell shade used in WW/SS and the character designed used in it. Personally, I enjoyed the WWHD remake because the engine didn’t look completely like a Saturday morning cartoon. It had a warmer, realistic feeling to it. The character design however, was too childish, for both WW and SS. SS link and some other characters had a good design, but some of the bosses and secondary characters were like straight out of WW and didn’t seem to fit three overall theme of the game. So bosses liked laughable. And don’t get me started on the fourth Goddess and Demise. I mean, it’s called the Triforce for a reason, not the “Tetra-force”. And what’s with that BS by Demise that he I’d going to reincarnate over and over again? He’s not even in possession of the Triforce yet! That tiny plot twist totally undermines the validity and drive of OoT, TP, WW, and any other Zelda game where Ganondorf returns because the Triforce of Power.

    More than a “non-linear” Zelda, I’d would like to see a mature Zelda game again. By mature I don’t mean “rated M”, by mature I mean having the mature plot, moral dilemmas, and emotional character drives that OoT, MM, TP, and WW have. A mature game doesn’t need an M on the box to be Mature.

    And don’t get me started with the Triple timeline shit. “If Link losses…” What kind of bull shit is that Aonuma? Link doesn’t die. Link doesn’t loose! Otherwise the game would be called “The Legend of Gannon”.

    • C4

      “And don’t get me started with the Triple timeline shit. “If Link
      losses…” What kind of bull shit is that Aonuma? Link doesn’t die. Link
      doesn’t loose! Otherwise the game would be called “The Legend of
      Gannon”.”

      I know the Zelda chronicles thingy implies that, but IMHO it was always the universe where Link is stuck in time. Where’s the difference of Link never facing Ganon to Link being defeated? The outcome could be the same in either case…

      I think the real reason is just they wanted to continue created “alternate” Zeldas. Both Link’s Awakening and Majora’s Mask have their own flair, Wind Wakers scenario would have to be outside of what we know as Hyrule or way, way into the future or past if there would be only one timeline (I’d be actually okay with it, but I can see why they wanted to stuck with continuity, even if means a bogus timeline)

      • LordiMcKill

        I would have been good to see if there was an alternative ending to OOT, just to get a visual idea of how that timeline shifted in that direction.

  • C4

    “Linear” dungeon and story Zelda, like TP or WW would actually work if there is just more content which is non-linear. Like sidequests that extend and have the quality of the full game. I kind of think that’s what they planned initially with WWs more open environments.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Hyrule Warrior = Zelda U. There I spoiled it for you.

    • Kenshin0011

      Oh wow, so original, none of us can contain ourselves from endless laughter

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Yeah, Im kind of proud of that one too. Nothing short of a masterpiece.

    • Gudleifson

      you’re a witty man, mister Eriksson… m’yes… rather.

  • great deku tree

    if they’re going to make zelda u like zelda a link between worlds then I hope they’re going to add in something like “shop keeper side quests” where the shop keeper can tell you of a rare treasure in some cave and if you get it then he’ll trade an item for it. something along those lines so that you’re not simply going rupee hunting to buy an item but actually bring in more open-world exploration.

  • InterTreble

    A real open world Zelda would be the killer app not only for Wii U but the entire current generation of consoles.

    • Will the3rd

      Absolutely agree.

    • val berger

      depends of how it’s gonna be executed. Nintendo isn’t bethesda or Rockstar. They are very good at what they are doing, but this doesn’t mean they could be doing a perfect Open World experience although I’d love that too.

  • Zuxs13

    I want Zelda U to “grow-up” for once. I want a really hard Zelda experience with a more fleshed out story, and some more in-depth rpg elements to it. No i do not mean “mature” i just mean grown up in difficulty and removing the hand-holding or linearity.

    This is where i wish Retro was involved a bit, to ad a bit of western “flare” to Zelda. I want to see Nintendo’s imagination again as well. Take some risks. I love the traditional Zelda games but sometimes the risks are the best versions (WW was great).

    • Gudleifson

      I did not really care for the shield fixing and junk collecting in “The
      Legend of Zelda skyward sword”.

      Nintendo “attempted” to make a fun zelda
      rpg in “Zelda 2 The adventures of link ” and made what’s considered the black sheep in the series.

      I would be glad to be informed that the new zelda for the wii u, will not bother me with witty little junk items and upgradeable gear.

      • BIG Franky

        honestly, i’d say tha tSkyward Sword is considered more of a black sheep than Zelda 2… I like both games, but I think Skyward Sword is most hardcore fans least favorite… either that or Majora’s Mask…

  • Restone

    A Zelda different from Skyward Sword? Where do I throw my money at?

  • companyoflosers

    idk, i kinda feel like wind waker was going in the right direction as far as exploration, but the riding around on a boat thing got old. if they can make it so theres a order in which you do things but theres still a ton of exploration and side content than id enjoy it. think twilight princess but as big as skyrim and more to do outside the story.

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Zelda Wii U could be one of my greatest games of this gen much like the old ones before it on each generation of release. Zelda is a game that makes me love the Wii U so much in years to come.

  • Leo

    Zelda should be an ever expanding open world with multiple choices, discoveries and stories with no end. I wonder if they could release a basic world and keeping expanding it with multiples updates and make people connect with each other and everybody could contribute to this big virtual world creating stories, wars, villages. I know it sounds like second life but thats more or less what i think. In this case Link wouldn’t be playable, instead we would play as Hylians, Zoras, Gorons, Dekus, Gerudos, etc, whatever we choose.

    • MerryBlind .

      …but… that just wouldn’t be Zelda anymore, wouldn’t it?

      • Leo

        That’s the point, they need to change it. Imagine if you could actually live in the world of Hyrule from the inhabitants perspectives, you could be a hero like Link was and go on an epic journey or you could just be an spectator of the multiples stories developing between players all over the world, you could even fight for the Hyrule throne to be the king or just go fish on lake hylia, endless possibilities.

        • MerryBlind .

          Well…. sure they can make a spin-off series taking place in the ‘Zelda universe’, but no, proper The Legend of Zelda games still need to be about Link departing on an epic and mysterious journey to fight evil.

      • warlocknem

        It could be what might eventually become Graal Online 2.

  • ZeldaFanzzzz

    Can’t wait to hear more news about the game, I really like traveling around on my horse in Twilight Princess only wished the game was bigger in terms of scale.

  • Gudleifson

    I WANT EXPLOTIONS! :D

  • Gudleifson

    i would love Navi to return… i can’t be the only person here who would love to see a return of such a great companion. ^^

    • val berger

      I’d really love to see a Zelda game without an annoying companion that needs to help you out all the time. I loved ALttP for the feeling of being alone, and if you really needed some further instructions, then you got telepathic messages by Zelda. But no weird companion that always kept commenting every single step you did. It got really ridiculous in WW where you had a …talking boat, wtf wtf wtf. But yeah, Navi was OK i guess, altough I hated her for starting this trend.

    • great deku tree

      of all the companions in the Zelda games I’d have to say that midna is my favourite and fi is my worst. midna has her own story (a good one at that for a companion) and some great music. it also helped that she was actually helpful in battles.

  • Hobo

    Wow, this game sounds really good! If it’s anything like Wind Waker I’m happy! I Just wish they didn’t use the art style from Skyward Sword… Never cared for that look! Just my opinion, of course! What art style did you guys like? I liked Wind Waker’s style!

  • Gudleifson

    As a rather longtime fan of the zelda franchise. i have to pronounce my love for the zelda franchise. Moreover. if you have played a zelda game before, you should know that the games are not similar.

    I myself did not really appreciate “zelda 2 The Legend of Link” and “The Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past” henceforth one might think that i didn’t really like “The Legend of Zelda a Link Between worlds”. However, that is not how it went about. I enjoyed playing “The Legend of Zelda a Link Between worlds” and i’ll keep that with me as a pleasant memory.

    Although i like the “formula” of “The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time” were you enter a rather unique dungeon with exquisite lvl design (which Nintendo is amazingly good at).

    Bottom line, Nintendo should do what they want with the Zelda franchise… but don’t give Link a shotgun… I’m looking at you Naughty dog.

    • warlocknem

      Zelda II “Adventure” of Link has always been my favorite Zelda game even though better games might have come out in the series. I’ve played them all but that game I guess was the one that made me a fan and follower. That being said I hope Zelda U does follow a more nonlinear open world path like the very first title. Giving that sense of adventure and wonder. Although even as as a long time fan of the Elder Scrolls series I do not want Zelda U to take to much from those gamws. I would very much like for it to have it’s own identity and personality.

      • Gudleifson

        Well said! I can reconciliation with you… One of my favorite zelda games is “The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask”, whom is also considered “a bad game”, mostly because it was rather different from the others…

        What i wanted to bring forth, was the use of levelling and stats in “zelda 2 The Legend of Link”. Moreover, making it a bit iffy.

        Bottomline, i personally don’t think leveling and stats belong in a zelda game.

  • Rinslowe

    Anouma also mentioned Skyrim as a reference more than once and that would be a good thing.
    I’m not saying Nintendo needs to copy Skyrim in any sort of conventional sense, hardly. But Skyrim is the most recent best example of that open sense of wonder and accessibility Zelda would be in benefit of.
    Especially with the potential of Wii U…

    I’m pretty damn excited any way Anouma chooses to spin it…

    • David Trail

      Skyrim is overrated. It’s all about Oblivion

      • oontz

        Skyrim is the natural evolution OF Oblivion.

        • David Trail

          More like a de evolution for most people. I can see why you prefer Skyrim though. Being a casual and all.

          • oontz

            I actually don’t’didn’t play either.

          • David Trail

            Yes, but you being a casual player. I can see why you would like Skyrim more.

          • oontz

            Sorry casual players don’t usually play and beat 2 to 3 games a month… as I do on multiple platforms. But thanks for failing again.

          • David Trail

            There is a difference between completing say three casual games like Killzone Shadowfall a month/ resogun/ Battlefield etc. They are casual games and easy to complete.
            Also you seem like the type of gamer who plays a game once, never to challenge for high scores, gain as many trophies or complete games on the hardest modes.

          • oontz

            “Also you seem like the type of gamer who plays a game once, never to challenge for high scores, gain as many trophies or complete games on the hardest modes.”

            Wild assumption day? HA ha, you have no clue who I am or how I game… only through information I provide here. You can try to play detective all you want but you’re WAY off the mark.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Problem with you David, is you worry too much on what’s hardcore and what’s casual. Should just play the games you enjoy, and leave the labels to the side. I think it’s a fair guess that you call these games dude bro or casual because they aren’t on your console of choice, the Wii U. ;P

          • David Trail

            Killzone casual/ dude bro, Resogun casual, Knack casual crap, Battlefield casual dude bro, COD casual dude bro, Fifa casual dude bro,

          • Asturias_Knytt

            Witcher 3>>>>>>>>>>>

          • David Trail

            Witcher 3 is overrated.

          • au8277

            Witcher 3 doesn’t release til Feb. 2015. It’s not rated at all.

          • Asturias_Knytt

            You’ve played it? You’re awesome.

        • Rinslowe

          Exactly. And then those mods…

      • warlocknem

        Oblivion is even pretty overrated. For me it was all about the first three games Arena, Daggerfall, and Morrowind.

        • Rinslowe

          For me it really started getting interesting @ Morrowind and then hit it’s stride @ Oblivion…

      • Rinslowe

        I liked them all in their own ways… Equally.

  • Shchlong

    And when it comes out and is the worst selling of the entire series he’ll blame the fans for not understanding what he was going for. I hope Nintendo hires someone else after this new zelda to take charge of the franchise.

    • asdfg

      I agree. Aonuma should go.

  • David Trail

    I didn’t find any of the Zelda’s linear. It is still more open world than the majority of Sony titles.

    • oontz

      Come on its a linear 3rd person adventure game. It’s not an open world game where you can just do what ever you want.

      • David Trail

        You can search for heart pieces and items off the beaten track. That is open world to me.

        • oontz

          Open world > off the beaten track

          • David Trail

            Same thing.

          • oontz

            no. If it was the same thing… it would be the same thing. But it’s not.

  • David Trail

    Best Zelda’s imo…

    Ocarina of Time, Link to the Past, Majoras Mask, Skyward Sword, Wind Waker, Zelda 2, Zelda 1, in that order.

    • LordiMcKill

      No love for Twilight Princess then?

      • David Trail

        Fortgot about Twilight Princess lol, I guess I would put it just before ZELDA and ZELDA 2

    • great deku tree

      I’d switch skyward sword with twilight princess

  • Justin Clark

    While I love the the art style of Wind Waker, I hope the art style of Zelda U is in the same vein as the tech demo from E3 ’11. That would go a long way in capturing the “sense of wonder” Aonuma mentions; especially with the general video game audience. For better or worse, I feel the more realistic art style is the only chance Wii U has at moving from the GameCube level of sales it is currently tracking towards to a more respectable N64 level. Regardless of which game was better, had Nintendo released Twilight Princess prior to Wind Waker I believe the GameCube would have sold at least 10 million more units in its early years. I know sales do not a good game or system make, but they are important in receiving continued software support on a system. At that point that is my only hope that Nintendo continues supporting the Wii U through 2015-16 when we should then see its successor.

    • Nintenjoe82

      I agree about TP and WW. I think if Nintendo had included DVD playback and launched with RE4, Eternal Darkness and Twilight Princess in year one, PS2 would have had a real fight on its hands.

  • Josiah Parsons

    Open World, anyone?

  • WiiUPS43DS

    I hope the game will be as big or bigger than skyrim

    • LordiMcKill

      I hope it’s big in the sense of land mass and content, games as we know it in general are getting bigger and bigger and now that Nintendo has the Wii U tech to work with i hope they make it bigger than anyone would expect.

      Also it would be nice to see if we had the option to go First-Person.

      • WiiUPS43DS

        Agreed!

  • ETeach

    Open world is great when it’s done right. And I have a feeling Aonuma would make sure it’s done right.

  • oontz

    Christmas 2015 at the earliest. It’s going to be a loooooooong wait.

    • David Trail

      Going to be a long wait for Uncharted. Infamous SS is the only worthwhile ps4 game and a couple of multiplats.

      • oontz

        Are you trying to make some sort of point?

        • David Trail

          Yes, most casual players prefer Skyrim over Oblivion.

  • LordiMcKill

    Essentially, the next Legend of Zelda game will be more akin to the likes of Skyrim?

    An open world, full of unexpected encounters.

    • oontz

      Sounds awesome.

  • jrob23

    All Nintendo does is rehash the same characters and storylines. There hasn’t been a good Zelda game since OOT. I need new and innovative gameplay, that’s why I like Uncharted, God of War, and GTA
    -Daniel Gonzalez

    • David Trail

      Idiot lol!

      Edit just read what you said properly lol ; )

      • jrob23

        ;)

    • LordiMcKill

      Apart from Majora’s Mask, that was a dark and unexpected tale.

  • Illmatic1234

    It’s insane how much we all overlook the big gorilla in the room. Sure we all want an open-world Zelda with a living, breathing world. However, let’s look at reality. Rockstar spent $250M, 5 years and over 1000 people to bring GTA to market. If Nintendo were to attempt anything CLOSE to this, its shareholders will shit their collective pants.

    Nintendo has traditionally run a tight ship where its teams are constantly working on multiple projects (main and side projects). For Nintendo to dedicate any amount of resource to 1 game, it has to divert resources from another game. Remember, Nintendo is not a 3rd party developer. It has a console and a handheld to support with games. Based on the current state of the Wii U library, I would say, the more quality games Nintendo gets out, the better because as you can see, the 3rd parties simply don’t want to support it.

    So to conclude, does Nintendo WANT to make a massively open world Zelda? Sure.

    Can they realistically make anywhere close to an open-world, non-linear game? They have the talent to do it, but unless they can magically summon up the resources (time and humans) and have shareholder buy-in, I wouldn’t bet on it.

    • David Trail

      People acting like Zelda is a really linear game.

      Uncharted and TLOU are what you call linear.

    • linxz

      If they can pull it off then Nintendo would make so much money out of it that 250M will be collected within days. I would imagine millions of consoles sold just for that game alone. That’s the power that Nintendo has with the Zelda franchise.

      • Illmatic1234

        Unfortunately, NO. Zelda in the 90′s and early 2000′s had that power. Now there are just too many other factors that come into play. People have too many options and the Wii U install base is just not high enough. For a $60 game, Nintendo would need to sell 4.2 million copies to get close to recouping its initial investment f 250M. The current install base is 6 million. Let’s say that when the game comes out, there are 10M Wii U owners (a very aggressive estimate). Nintendo would still need to sell a lot of Zelda for the consoles sold. It’s a big gamble that Nintendo’s shareholders won’t put up with.

        • linxz

          I don’t disagree. you are right. i think nintendo will have a hard time taking a big risk like that when they can just play it safe with a cheaper production. i doubt they ever went the extra mile with their franchises. we’ll probably never see a big budget production from nintendo…just the same old.

    • Nintenjoe82

      Every failed attempt to save Wii U takes one dungeon away from the new Zelda :(

  • Miyamoto

    I just dying to see Zelda U, I just cant w8 E3 for revealing of Zelda.

  • Asturias_Knytt

    I’ve learned to take anything Aonuma says with a mountain of salt.

    • Nintenjoe82

      yeah, it probably means that Zelda U will be an on rails shooter :)

  • realist

    we do not want the open world. we want to open the ass of Aonuma

  • SP-937-215

    I would love a Zelda game that was more like Fable. Some games are a little too open, but Fable seemed to have a nice balance. (the first Fable)

  • WarioForever

    NINTENDO, show me the power of Wii U!

  • Nintenjoe82

    I only want one thing from the new Zelda and this is:
    A massive land-mass to explore….. and sailing….. and flying…. and Epona…. and to start in the thick of the action….. and more everything!