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Eiji Aonuma finally opens up about Zelda Wii U development

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Eiji Aonuma has been pretty tight-lipped about Zelda Wii U except for certain presentations given at E3 and the Game Awards, but in the most recent issue of Famitsu magazine, the long-time producer for the Zelda series opened up about his work on developing the next Zelda game for Wii U.

So what’s been going on? In short, Aonuma says he’s been busy and that as they near the end stages of development, his expertise is needed in all areas of development.

“When we did Skyward Sword for the Wii, at the end stages of development, I was in charge of the characters’ dialogue and the in-game text. And, now as well, it’s like it was then. I had to work on text today, too. But, the game has really taken shape, and things have gotten easier. That means things are progressing well.”

So why is the game taking so long? I mean, it was announced more than two years ago and we still don’t have a game to show for it. According to Aonuma, his team is working on trying to produce something new, similarly to what the Ocarina of Time game did for the series on Nintendo 64.

“I think the base of our secret sauce has always been Ocarina of Time. But this time, the change in flavor will be like going from Japanese food to Western style food. Perhaps, players will be surprised.”

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