With Spirit Tracks just three weeks from its US release date, it appears Nintendo is already beginning to hype up the next Legend of Zelda title for the Nintendo Wii. In a recent Official Nintendo Magazine interview with Eiji Aonuma, the topic of Zelda Wii was mentioned extensively and a lot of rather interesting comments concerning the direction of the game were discussed. Below are a few tidbits from the interview.
“It is something we used to talk about with Mr Miyamoto, and he and I agree that if we are following the same structure again and again, we might not be able to give long time Zelda fans a fresh surprise.”
“So we have been trying something new in terms of the structure of the Wii version of the new Zelda game this time. I am really hopeful that people will be surprised with the changes we have implemented for this Wii version.”
“I hope that we can show you something at the E3 show next year and it is something we are hopeful will be surprising.”
Personally, I’m scratching my head for why this information would come out right now. E3 is not for another six months and Spirit Tracks is going to be released in just a matter of weeks. You would think that the hype for another Zelda title for the Wii would fit months after Spirit Tracks has been released.
As for changes to the series, I have some mixed feelings towards it. I love the idea that they want to make a lot of changes to the series to keep veteran fans satisfied, but I also think that recycling material with slight changes really works. I think Twilight Princess did a good job of doing this, by making many changes that made it distinctive from previous 3d Zelda titles, while also giving it its own identity. I also think the 2d Zelda titles, from Link’s Awakening, to Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, to The Minish Cap, all made significant changes, while staying true to the formula, and I really enjoyed all the games. If Nintendo released another 2d game that played like The Minish Cap, but with a new twist, I’d buy it and probably love every minute of it. I don’t necessarily think drastic change is necessary, but I do welcome it.
The full interview will be available in next months Official Nintendo Magazine, scheduled for release on December 18th.