Aonuma talks about his actions

In a breaking news story from Japanese newspaper Gansaku Shimbun today, it seems that Zelda Wii may have to start all over again, and without one of its most dedicated staff.Β  Eiji Aonuma, director of the Zelda series, was fired today, after several consecutive weeks of his showing up to work drunk and harassing employees, most likely due to heavy stress over the rushed release of Spirit Tracks.

Drunk and infuriated, Aonuma decided to get his revenge in the worst way imaginable – by deleting Zelda Wii. All documents, all backups (both digital and physical) were destroyed one way another other before department security finally realized what was going on and called the police.

In a recent interview with Aonuma, he said:

“Now that I look back on what I did, I’m ashamed and I regret it deeply. I guess I didn’t like the thought of Nintendo firing me just before the release of the Zelda game that I have worked so hard on. I would ask for forgiveness and make peace with Nintendo, but I realize that they can not take me back.”

We can only hope that there are still some hidden backups of Zelda Wii that Aonuma didn’t get to, or that some of them can be restored. Regardless, this is a grim day for Nintendo and Zelda. Who will replace Aonuma and what will happen to Zelda Wii and the future of the gaming series? These are questions that will probably go unanswered for quite some time.

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  • Snapdragon

    hahaha good one! πŸ˜›

  • APRIL FOOLS! =D =D =D

  • Mohannad

    I hate the 1st of April … Always comes with bad news :p

  • Orange

    This coupled with the news that Sony bought the Mario franchise from Nintendo makes this the worst day ever for Nintendo fans!!!!! D:

  • brian_warioman

    I was sad when I saw this… But then I realized what today is! You guys are funny.

  • Keaton

    Haha Aprill fools?

  • Leroy

    Nice one =p

  • Siaarn

    If I wasn't prepared for April 1st this year, I would have cried.

  • Marie

    That scared me, I always forget what April 1st is.

  • Chris Jenkins

    Good one, obvious April Fool's though.

  • Spyke

    WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAPPEN ON 1ST APRIL?!? APRIL FOOLS DAY IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD!!!!

    oh wait…

  • -Jin-

    Very obviousy, but I do like how you guys found a picture where he actually does kinda look drunk XD

  • Bastian

    Haha, this one is a bit more convincing than ZI's. But only JUST. πŸ˜›

  • jamie

    April fools….
    I presume so

  • Epona500h

    Ahaha! I was going to beleive it, but the "Deletes Zelda Wii" was a dead giveaway. Great trick though! Happy April Fools!

  • ooccoowarrior

    I'm glad today was april fools. Nice one Hombre.

  • Matt

    Dear god I would cry if this wasn’t april fools O_O

  • Cucco_man

    Not funny

  • Luckily I have a calendar near me! 8D

  • By_Farore

    Hilarious.

  • Xenithar

    I do not like April Fool's day (didn't realize this was an April Fool's until I read the comments :P)

    • John

      That's what I thought!

  • jclink

    this is blatantly false for a simple reason: nintendo isn't gonna leave all of a major project's files in the possession of a single person, not even miyamoto or aenouma for the sheer liability it could carry if there was ever an accident. obvious april fool's, not even convincing to be honest.

    • lol

      wow there's always the smart ass that ruisn the fun…

  • 3rin

    This BETTER be April Fools.

  • jticeman

    omg as if this would happen you have to be an idiot to think this is true

  • Gordon

    Freaking April Fool's. Don't scare me like that!

  • Aclsonink18

    jaja casi me la creo, Happy April Fool´s

  • Jared

    I pride myself on performing April Fools jokes but I get angry when I'm fooled and this worked like a charm for about 5 minutes. THANK GOD it's April 1!

  • slim

    I WAS SO CLOSE TO FLIPING then i looked at my calender

  • Crazymallets

    April fools

  • DSP

    You've earned a spot @ failblog

  • Me!

    u better be joshin me caus its april fools day, I swear when I first read this I was about to go kill someone

  • BPac21

    How interesting that Zelda Wii and Metroid: Other M are canceled on the same day!

  • kirborg

    holy shit you scared me to death

  • April fools, dumma!

  • Jac7b

    april fools day is pretty intense

  • TheDeadShockify

    I know it's a April Fools joke but this is too serious guys. THis could get alot of people upset.

  • veeronic

    and yet I’m still more pissed at deviantart’s april fools joke.

    oh yeah I read that microsoft has now bought god of war, zelda, pokemon, final fantasy, and marvel. it is said that they will now make a co-op game using kratos, link, ganondorf, cloud, sephiroth, a chocobo, master cheif, a random covenant soldier, kratos in a cow costume and pikachu teaming up to take down galactus.

  • TheDeadShockify

    I know it's a April Fools joke but this is too serious guys. THis could get alot of people upset.

  • TheKhaion

    Hah, I actually thought that ZU would make a 1april fool, but when I read this I was actually going to believe it even though I knew which day it was xD

  • Arkamidis89

    Assholes. I actually thought this was true and was gonna go on a rampage!!!! But!…. It struck me. Today is April Fools day. HA HA HA. You guys scared the shit out of me.

  • Thareous33

    This almost devastated me more than the "Zelda Movie". 8) Thanks for the entertainment. Happy April 1st!

    • Legend of zelda fan

      There is already a zelda movie on dvd not on any website and there's proof my friend showed it to me when i went over to his house . ( note : his name is Seth but to avoid from him being kidnapped i well not say his last Name AT ALL . ) But sorry if you already know that .

  • Hahahahaha!! You got me, seriously, I was so afraid that I had my face right on the computer screen!!! XD Happy April first to you, too~

  • Gerudude

    I have just received a mail from Nintendo. THEY WANT ME ON THEIR STAFF.
    "due to some sad circumstances there is a new opening in the Wii/Zelda development team"
    I thought it was an April Fools joke until I read this post about Aonuma.

  • Necrolord

    Aonuma gets fired on 1st of April, RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT

  • Vic George

    You know what Proverbs says…a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, Was I not joking?

  • Wolflink12

    Well, I topekad it and it definitely isn't true
    lol

    • Keaton

      Haha. xD Nice reference right there.

  • Craziness

    Pretty obvious that it was April Fools, good one though, I chuckled.

  • ZeldaGurl_

    Lulz, Omigosh!! You had me there for a second!!! Ah, I was about to have a heart attack or something…… good show yall!! Lulz, Geez………wow…..haha. I guess all we can say is HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S YALL!!! XD

    Btw, if that really did happen I bet you anything, he would be a goner….. Better be glad I don't know where he lives….hehe. Jk, jk.

  • JSKT

    please, please! be april fools… PLEASE!!!!!! 5-6 years waitin for noting?

  • Nightshade

    Wow.. this prank is almost as bad as last years lol

    • Legend of zelda fan

      Wait …………………………………….. what was last years joke ? i don't know because last year i didn't have a computer.

  • anyone who believed it right when they saw it is a moron, and quit posting stupid jokes on april 1st, doesn't fool anyone except the handicapped.

  • Eliskor

    LAWL Like Ninty would can him. xD He's one of the reasons why Nintendo's doing so good. Very good job, very good. 10/10. Had me going till I remember what day it was. =P This is better than what I would've thought of (ZWii delayed till Dec. 22nd, 2012 eh not that funny but w/e lawl).

  • Wow, thanks ZU. Give me and my friends a heart attack!
    πŸ˜€

  • BPac21

    If you don't like it, why don't you just ignore it.

  • meow

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw the title, then realized the joke.

  • Jafaar

    If this isnt a joke, ill be deleting my life aswell !

  • Bolero of Fire

    Whewn I first saw the title, I almost **** my pants, but I relized a sec later that it was April Fools. I still havn't read the page yet.

  • LinkingTheMemories

    N-no!

    Not Zelda Wii!

    IWANTEDTINGLE

  • BaTTaLioN CHaoS

    Firts I thought crap (when I read the headline) then it struck me 1st of April = April fools day.

    already saw Metroid database prank (Metroid database became Halo databasse) nice one also (http://metroid-database.com/).
    Though an April fools prank doesn't necessarily has to be on that day, as long as it makes a connection to that day (like game released on 04-01 or more info on 1st of April). (maybe info for next year time)

  • Thareous33

    This has to be as fake as that made-up interview, otherwise we will have to wait (obviously). >8] Of course the story is a bit far-fetched without all the out-of-place incidents. That Aonuma would get drunk due to stress of a game–which he was employed to manage–is, best put, preposterous. That's his job–no contingencies attached. Even more so, he wouldn't beat or harass his employees. So sorry, but I do have to admit this is irrefutably a fabrication for April first. do-{-<|:

  • TheLastLink

    this article just about had me, but then i realized that it was April 1.
    πŸ˜›

  • Chaosneo

    Wow i so fell for it i was depressed all day, lol

  • Emmy

    Being in Australia (thus it's now April 2), that got me for a second. Once I got to the "deleting" though it gave it away, I then remembered that all the jokes come out for us now due to it being the 1st over there.

    Nice one guys. πŸ™‚

  • Orgaya

    Maybe souls do exist. I could have sworn I left mine leaving.

  • apexman13

    oh my what horrible news on April fools day!!!

    come on guys. you could have done much better.

  • Phantom LInk

    I'm soooooo glad it's April fool's day, when I saw this I got totally scared until I remembered that today was.

  • link9944

    This prank scared the s**t out of me i mean what the F**k…..I am p****d off at you …..P****D OFF!!!! I am a big i mean BIG zelda fan and i almost cried….. I already pre-ordered the game and everything ……I was like 'WHAT THE **** IS WRONG WITH YOU AORUME WHY DID YOU F****N DO THAT….. But then i saw it was a april fools joke…….I am freaken sad because of you nintendo …….FREAKEN SAD!!!!!

    ps: zelda games are the best !!!!!!!

    • Legend of zelda fan

      Samething here . but you don't have the hard life I DO WHY BECAUSE I CAN ONLY PLAY VIDEO GAMES ONLY ON WEEKENDS EVEN ON SPRING AND SUMMER AND FALL AND WINTER BREAK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( note I go to collage for the ITT TECHNECAL INSTITUTE IN GRAND RAPIDS IN MICHIGAN . YES THAT'S TRUE I DO LIVE IN MICHIGAN .) AND TO MAKE MY LIFE EVEN WORSE FOR SOME REASON I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT REDEADS EVERY SINGLE FREAKING NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lol you guys had me there…I forgot about April Fools…Damn you!

  • Tetra

    You assholes!

    I love yooouuu.

  • ChainofTermina

    HA. HA. HA. MY SIDES ARE SPLIT-TING!!! This is getting old, guys!

  • Snow_Storm

    Man, he looks a bit smashed in the photo…

  • sea

    This is so funny that it made me want to kill myself out of disgust.

  • Skreamo

    HAHAHA BULLSHIT

  • Bob

    would if this isn't a joke (i pray to God it is) but would if it isn't, they started the progress of zelda wii back on 06, thats 4 long years of work. If this is true, then we won't see the new zelda untill 2014, mabey even 2015!!! (PLEASE let this be an April fools joke)

  • This better be a sick cruel joke cause if it isn't im going on an anger rampage.

    • Legend of zelda fan

      it is .

  • effe

    if it hadn`t been 1st april yesterday I would´ve died because of this news

  • ZeldaNoob

    I sent this to all my Friends, i want to see their reaction lol

  • Elizabeth

    Oh, that was so rough°!!! Aonuma drunk? xD You should have said he was selling info of the new Zelda to… Microsoft! xD

    • Legend of zelda fan

      oh yeahhhhhhhhhhh that whouldhave been ownage.

  • h5p3r

    I was about to freak out and tell this too all my friends, until I realized that it is April Fools! xD

  • Abyss

    FUUUUU I like freaked out when I saw the title πŸ˜›

  • kitteh the blue

    I didn't fall for it like I did last year.

  • dogdog

    what a good joke!

  • arjuna

    you guys scared the crud out of me!!! i seriously thought this was the end of zelda!!! … this is not the end of zelda right?

  • Legend of zelda fan

    Omfg !!!!!!!!!!! I really can't believe I actually FELL for it 2 day's ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just started WHAMMING on my computer desk as HARD as I can because I was so enraged by this F#$%ING joke but then i went over to my calender and checked what day it was and then I JUST started shouting at the VERY TOP OF MY LUNG'S YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost died but it STILL hurts alot though . Oh yeah i almost forgot to say this then i LOLED so hard i then 1 of my lungs feelt like it was going to burst so i just went upstairs to rest a little while so i could calm down but apparently that epically failed ( whispers to self ) owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. but don't worry I'am fine i took some Tylenol . You know that liquid medicine that's normally red .

    • Legend of zelda fan

      I SHOUTED YYYEEEAAHH JUST ALOT LONGER.

  • Legend of zelda fan

    uhhhh……………………………. i …… was……. on………. a……….dating………….. website………………… and …………………..i'am ………………………………………only………………………………..11……………………………… i……………..have……………..got………………….to………………get………………….a…………..life………………

  • Legend of zelda fan

    ………………..a……………………….life……………………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • random dude

    wow, the thing that made me realize that this was an April fools joke is the fact that they said Anouma's stress was because of the rushed release on spirit tracks. And that's what got me, when i saw that, the first thing that i thought was, "that just makes no freaking scence at all…Anouma was the one who got spirit tracks to be released in 2009 when it was originally going to be released in 2010, this has gotta be and April fools joke" And being the crazed zelda fan that i am, before i even finished reading the article….i kinda threw a fit…kicked over my wii, punched the wall a few times, made a small hole in my wall, hurt like hell, then i started crying. But thank God i finished reading the artical and relized it was an April fools joke. =)

    The only bad thing is….we still gotta wait untill around October to mabey even 2011 before the new zelda is released. ='(

  • Sylar

    zelda and April fools day have gone well together the past few years…i actually was waiting for a new Zelda video game trailer to come out, but this joke was pretty good

  • Majorule

    OMG, I actually took this seriously, and now I really feel like a fool… πŸ˜›

  • Stephen S. Stevens

    I read this today and didn't realize that it was an April fool's joke. I was like "WTF!"

  • humulos

    I nearly crapped my pants til I saw the date on this. You jerks!

  • HackinBob

    If this hadn't been an April Fool's joke, I could've cried. I hate it when people do that. Oh well, at least it was a good joke that gave everyone a shock. πŸ˜€

  • Mooo

    Saw it today and didn't bother to look at the date…I thought it was real!! Until I started to read the comments, then I checked the date…

    It is fake right??!!!