Aonuma: Wind Waker is special, coincides with birth of his son

JohnJuly 3rd, 2013 by John

One of the interesting aspects about gaming is hearing about how the games are personally significant to the developers due to emotional ties or connections they have with them. One such example, as revealed in a recent interview is WIRED, is that The Wind Waker is particularly special to series developer Eiji Aonuma as it was developed just as his son was being born, which can be subtly seen through the dialogue of one character in the game. Hit the jump to find out more!

When Aonuma was asked by WIRED for confirmation as to whether The Wind Waker was his favourite game or not, he denied that the game is his favourite at risk of excluding other games, but he had this to say about it:

Wired: I believe Wind Waker is your favorite Zelda game, right?

Aonuma: I wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite because it makes it sound like I don’t like the other ones! (laughs) Each one is special to me. I would say that Wind Waker is particularly special because I worked on that just as my son was being born. So it’s the first game I created as a father. For example, the King of Red Lions, I created that, and he has a very paternal, very fatherly-sounding voice, so that I think comes across a little bit. So it was a new life milestone, the timing of that particular project, so it’s certainly special to me and I’ll always remember that. As I’m working on the game again, some of those feelings are coming back. So there’s a special kind of love for that game. But all of the titles remind me of different points in my life, so they’re all very special to me.

This titbit from Aonuma not only gives a rarely-seen look into his own personal life, but also greater depth into the character of the King of Red Lions. The idea of the parallels between the relationships of Link and the King of Red Lions and Aonuma and his son is no doubt an interesting one to ponder when playing through The Wind Waker, as the character himself was most likely moulded to be a sort of guardian and protector of Link, much like a father. Of course, it is also nice to hear that all Zelda titles are significant to Aonuma, due to them serving as markers to different points in his life.

But what do you think? Did you yourself pick up on the fatherly attitude of the King of Red Lions in the game? What do you think Aonuma’s favourite Zelda title is, if not The Wind Waker? Tell us in the comments below!

Source: WIRED

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  • GanonsBaker


  • RubyDragonCat

    Not much to say but dawwww.

  • Roth

    No wonder it’s Link’s birthday at the beginning of the game! And he did say Link is like his other son…

    And yet, this is the first thing that came to mind while reading about the paternal KoRL. I’m so cruel.

    • TheMaverickk

      You get an up vote simply for referencing Johnny Wander those guys rock all sorts of awesome.

      Also dad boat, lol.

      • Midna’s Sister

        Yay, dadboat….

        …..How would a boat get a Hylian pregnant? o_o

  • Randy Randell Rang

    Thats so sweet :D

  • Breather


    There was actual heart and emotion put forth into the game I grew up with in my childhood.
    This gonna bring me to tears holy balls.

  • K2L

    Nice detail! =)

  • Ghabulous Ghoti

    Video games always tie into different portions of my life. Ocarina of Time, strangely enough, was played through back when I was going into highschool, and really didn’t want to grow up. I wanted to just go back to being a kid forever.

    My all time favorite, The Wind Waker, was played through right after I found out that the girl of my dreams was lesbian.

    Not sure exactly how TWW relates to that, but I feel that it really does. Deep down inside.

    Or something like that.

    • Isaac Ness


    • wooloochief

      I had a very similar experience with OoT (my first zelda game)-I played it in grade 10 when basically I was quite depressed with my life generally, basically feeling like a bit of a failure, and then I played it. I was in tears the whole way through the credits. I immediately started a new game after the credits finished and played it right through a second time.
      It was amazing. Even now (5 years later) the intro music still gets to me.

    • CraptainFalcon

      Man… That sucks. If I found that the girl of my dreams was lesbian… I don’t know what I would do. I’m only 14 though so I don’t know If I have a zelda game that affects my life. Maybe I need to wait.

      • Ghabulous Ghoti

        You’re too young. It will happen.

      • K2L

        “If I found that the girl of my dreams was lesbian”

        WHat happened to me was the second worst thing: All three girls I felt I love with at different moments of my life had all coupled with other male peopel, so the love was unrequited in all three cases. Since then i stopped caring about love. The emotional pain is far too strong to have to go through it a 4th time.

        • CraptainFalcon

          I haven’t given up on love. I’m just too much of a pussy to even ask a girl out.

  • Marvel

    This is quite interesting. It’s these little bits of information that make every moment feel that much more special.

    (And just in case no one’s noticed, there’s a little error in the first paragraph:
    “One of the interesting aspects about gaming is hearing about how the games are personally significant to the developers due to emotional ties or connections they with them.”

    I believe that the word “have” belongs in between “they” and “with”.) :-D

    • John

      Fixed. Thanks for pointing it out!

  • MajorLink

    This is an interesting article to read. This is no wonder why I loved the Wind Waker so much although Ocarina of Time is still my personal favorite Zelda game with Skyward Sword being second.

  • Coffee

    How shweeet.

  • Gaseous Snake

    I hope Zelda U represents the time that Aonuma spent riding a horse through a field while fighting a demon army with a sword and shield.

  • moBliNkeBab

    I hope his son grew up and grows up to love the beautifull world of hyrule and the wide ocean of the great sea