Until this point we have had absolutely no news whatsoever with regard to Zelda Wii U. Not even one tiny morsel. That changed today, however, during an interview IGN conducted with long-time Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma. Now, it isn’t much, so don’t get your hopes up, but it is our very first insight into a game mechanic that will likely appear in the future Zelda title.
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During the interview with IGN, Mr. Aonuma was asked if working on a remake for The Wind Waker has influenced the development of the next Zelda Wii U game (currently already well into development), to which he replied:
“Of course, we’re looking at the new Zelda game for Wii U, and absolutely, working on these titles has influenced and impacted the development of the new Wii U title.”
Eiji Aonuma went on to explain a specific feature that may appear in Zelda Wii U, inspired by a feature fine tuned for The Wind Waker HD.
“For example, in Wind Waker, we’re using the GamePad to travel around in the boat, using it almost like a GPS controller. I really want to take that mechanic and implement it in the Wii U game. I’m not saying that we’re going to be in a boat, but we’re going to be traveling around in the adventure. I think the GamePad is something that can allow us to make that as smooth and enjoyable an experience for the end user as possible.”
Well, that’s certainly something! It brings to mind the way the touch screen was used in Phantom Hourglass, drawing your path on the lower screen’s map and watching it occur on the main screen. Certainly, as he says, they’re not likely to go back to using a boat again as the transportation… and I’m hard pressed to think of a way this could be implemented using a horse or a loftwing… so I wonder just what mode of transportation this might be, and how exactly it will use the GamePad? Maybe it will be something more like a “fast travel” method where you will eventually receive a whistle-type item and once blowing it, you can tap anywhere on the overworld map and transport there.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments!