Wonder what goes through a producer’s mind as he prepares yet another installment of gaming’s greatest series? How about something like this: Apparently, Zelda’s spirit form was designed to avoid having to deal with her skirt hindering her movement as a real character, and controlling the Phantoms was inspired by Phantom Hourglass’s multiplayer mode.

1up has a short interview with Mr. Aonuma that reveals more of these interesting tidbits about the Spirit Tracks development process, so check it out!

  • wakxix

    whats with nintendo not being able to make a playable character with a skirt or dress.. they said almost the same thing about princess peach not being able to be a playable character in New super mario bros wii

    • Kinda contradicts the fact that Peach and Zelda are playable in Super Smash Bros.

  • Dan

    Btw blowing into the microphone in spirit tracks is the most retarded stupid gimmick ever, what the f**k were they thinking, we may aswell be blowing into miyamotos asshole, thats the level of degredation and embarrassment I would feel if i had to actually do that in public, and it doesn't even register properly sometimes. The new zelda wii is the last chance i'm gonna give them if they don't make that complex and hardcore and make some (not gimmicky) gameplay innovations, i'll have to start playing more PS3.

    • FamiCube64

      And Nintendo, like everyone else, won't care.

    • Lules

      Whine whine whine…

      • Dan

        good luck being nintendo's bitch, you may as well shove the wiimote up your ass nintendo is fucking you as it is and will carry on fucking you over.

  • ChainofTermina

    Zelda's dress get in the way of making her a playable character. gee. I wonder what they should do. oh, how about i don't know maybe perhaps possibly they might consider MAKING HER A BADASS WARRIOR PRINCESS AND GIVING SOME MOTHERFUCKING PANTS!!!!!!!!!!! SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SHEIK OR TETRA IN ORDER TO WEAR PANTS!!!

    • Art1st4786

      At least Zelda has a stronger role in this game than some of the past ones, and it's a step-up from being a damsel-in-distress–she's actually help save not only (New) Hyrule, but herself, as well. She even saves Link on a few occasions!

      Also, I don't know if this is happening with other people, but I've noticed that my copy lags sometimes when there's a lot going on on the screen. I'd be afraid to have Zelda constantly at my side throughout the entire game if it's going to add to the lag consistently.

      • ChainofTermina

        lag? no, no I don't have any lag on mine.

        • ChainofTermina

          also, is it me, or does Cole have……mario's voice?

          • ChainofTermina

            I say that because I was fighting the final boss just now and his hee-hees sounded a lot like Mario.

            on that note I just finally finished spirit tracks. and I have one response to the scene just before the credits roll.

            its. about. god. damn. Fucking! TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            I hope that doesn't count as a spoiler. I never said what actually happened.

  • Dan the man

    I'm sorry but that is just retarded, why would they have to put zelda in a dress anyway, just backing up a stereotype. I thought the nintendo developers were more clever, an imaginative than that. It seems to me that they've forgotten how to make good, original games (like back in the n64 days), and are just obsessed with the marketing and who its aimed it, and have forgotten how to make really good games. Like the puzzles and even storyline progression in st is s**t compared to past zeldas, and anyone that says otherwise is mental. Its like after MM and OOT they thought 'hmmm people seem to like this we'll just rehash it and make it easier an simpler for the next 10 years and not put any effort into developing it into something better (possibly more mature?). Until we reach this point where they've decided right if i was in the shoes of a 3 year old i'd like this to happen, but a make a few vague references to characters from past series just to keep the hardcore happy.

  • Didn't they deal with Zelda's skirt hindering in Smash Bros. and The Wind Waker?

  • ZeldaGurl_

    Hey, this is just so absurd.
    Cel-shading does hinder the movement of her dress, but they made it work somewhat in tWW, but that was only for a short amount of time. InTP, everything about her was gorgeuos, From her face to her figure to her dress, she had it all. Especially when it was puppet Zelda, or when she in scenes like obtaining the Light arrows, or riding Epona alonside Link. The dress is part of her, and last time I ckecked, she had practically pants and leather boots underneath her dress, atleast in TP. ZELDA IS A TOMBOY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REFER IT TO OCARINA OF TIME!!! One of the stones by hyrule castle can be read with the mask of truth, and it says, that despite her appearence, Zelda is really a Tomboy. Of course, we haven't really seen that side of her much, but I think Sheik ot Tetra can bring that back out.

  • ZeldaGurl_

    Also ( I ran out of room),

    If the graphics are going to be like that of TP, then the dress needs to stay, and she need to have a way of wearing pants at some parts of the story. But she has to wear a dress at the very and, it's like the climax, and it calls for the dress that we all recognize, and she needs to be Zelda. The dress is part of Zelda, end of story. As well as Zelda is a Blond, just like she was in the others, including TP, where she had dirty-blond hair!!! Forget SSBB, it's the extreme. No brunette Zeldas, EVER!!! Zelda is Zelda, and if I can fight in a dress, then I'm sure they can work to make her movements just as gorgeous as when she's sitting or standing. Comeon Nintendo, let her have the best of both worlds!!! She's the princess we all know and love, so lets keep her the way we first fell in love with her, plus more!!! Zelda's worth it, so comeon, get a move on!!!!

  • ZeldaGurl_


    To those of you who are blowing up fro something so little as being embarrassed, well then go die in a hole. If all you're going to do is whine and complain, then you need to leave all of this alone. If you're going to complain atleast say something positive, and say what they can do better.

    The world is full of whiners and complainers, and it doesn't need anymore. Help make it better, or go whine somewhere else. Babies are not welcome…

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