“Stop asking me questions about Zelda Wii, already. Jeeze!”

Our friends over at Gaming Media (a German gaming site) just today posted a video interview with Shigeru Miyamoto.

The entire interview is in Japanese with German subtitles, and while my German is a bit rusty, the portion that concerns Zelda Wii is posted in its entirety after the jump.

Gaming Media: What can you tell us about the only previously released artwork for the new Legend of Zelda?

Shigeru Miyamoto: This image plays a big role in the game. You will see what I mean at E3. But honestly, it would be more fun if we allowed you to experience the game as you play it. So you will have to wait until you can play yourself.

Gaming Media: How much will be new in this The Legend of Zelda?

Shigeru Miyamoto: For us two things are important: to fulfill expectations and then to surprise people.
I will not yet reveal how we accomplish that this time, however.
Normally, we develop the cutscenes first, and then these sequences are added to the finished product.
But this time, we began with the game design first. And then we did the cutscenes. So this time it was reversed. This is why we have shown very little of the game so far. But shortly before completion, we will have a trailer available.
It is very important to us to optimize game development and to make the game play easier. We give a lot of attention to making the gameplay user-friendly, as Zelda has become more and more complicated.
And there we are. We didn’t learn a whole lot of course (not with E3 looming on the horizon) but we did learn that the reason we haven’t seen much of Zelda Wii is simply due the order in which they’ve completed things this time around: gameplay first and cutscenes last. Interesting.

Hopefully this tiny bit of information can stave off the Zelda Wii hunger until E3, as I doubt we will be thrown any morsels until then.

Check out Gaming Media‘s full video interview for information on Super Mario Galaxy 2 and the Vitality Sensor here.
Source: Gaming Media
  • ZeldaNoob

    Miyamoto stop messing with us. Plz =D

  • ZeldaNoob

    Miyamoto stop messing with us. Plz =D

    • Can he even read English?

  • sugar

    Look at that bastian, translating interviews from German and everything. geez <3

  • Bolero of Fire

    Making it easy, is one thing that I'm not looking forward to. Although Majora's Mask's plot wasn't so good the gameplay was amazing because they took items from OoT and used them in different ways and/or had things you rarely would do in OoT, but have to do in MM. They made it harder. If ZWii is easy, then I don't think it would live up to it's hype.

    • RevtheMoron

      Are you kidding? Majora's mask had the best storyline because it was one of the darkest and hardest games to finish!

    • Callin

      I think by making it easier he meant making the new controls user-friendly. Hence his "optimizing the game development" comment.

  • Bolero of Fire

    Making it easy, is one thing that I'm not looking forward to. Although Majora's Mask's plot wasn't so good the gameplay was amazing because they took items from OoT and used them in different ways and/or had things you rarely would do in OoT, but have to do in MM. They made it harder. If ZWii is easy, then I don't think it would live up to it's hype.

    • RevtheMoron

      Are you kidding? Majora's mask had the best storyline because it was one of the darkest and hardest games to finish!

    • Callin

      I think by making it easier he meant making the new controls user-friendly. Hence his "optimizing the game development" comment.

  • MegaLinkX

    Cut-scenes usually get developed BEFORE gameplay? Really? Weird.
    Oh, and I CAN'T WAIT FOR E3!!!

    • See, Zelda actually has a storyline.

  • Scott

    Sorry Miyamoto, But we just can't wait!

  • Scott

    Sorry Miyamoto, But we just can't wait!

  • ChainofTermina

    OH. MY………..GOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDD!! AWESOME! AWESOME AWESOME AWWWWWWSSOOOOOOMMMEEE!!!!! that means the cut scenes are gonna be better that they ever have been before, right? right? right? RIGHT? Oh, please God, make the cut scenes be awesome, you think maybe they might be like what they're doing to Metroid? that game looks so beautiful, I hope they do that to Zelda.

    just imagine……a cinematic Zelda………….{eyes glittering}

    oh, and to those who seem to not give a crap about story. yeah, yeah, I know gameplay is important too, but i'm not really worried about that. Zelda's gameplay has been fine in the past and it will be fine with this one. so shut up

    • Gerudude

      Yeah I agree Chainy, I've never had any problems with zelda gameplay.
      I once played MM on the comp, controlling with just the keyboard.
      Guess what, it was easy still.
      I don't see how they can make it more simple.
      AWW LET IT BE JUNE 15th soooooooooon.

  • Craziness

    Hm. Reversing the creation process? Looks like they're changing a lot around, neat.

  • Craziness

    Hm. Reversing the creation process? Looks like they're changing a lot around, neat.

  • Arkamidis

    Well, it kinda did ease a little hunger fro Zelda Wii. But never thought of playing a game without knowing anything about its story or gamplay/interactivity/"boo!-I-scared-you-without-warning-you-that-I-was-gonna-appear-bacause-of-the games-secrecy-which-lead-you-to-not-knowing-I-was-going-to-throw-you-off-guard-to-show-you-how-great-and-surprising-this-game-is-by-not-letting-anyone-know-whats-coming-next "factor. Pretty interesting.

  • Bre

    easier…. they need to just have a difficulty choice at this point, if they really want to satisfy all audiences

    • twilit mask of time

      well I think he means less complex more than easier. There are quite a few hard games with simpler controls than zelda has.

    • JOE

      YES they need to make two versions of a zelda game a hard version and a easy version because zelda games are slowly getting easier

  • Bre

    easier…. they need to just have a difficulty choice at this point, if they really want to satisfy all audiences

  • Keaton

    Hmm, Zelda’s been getting more complex, has it? Well don’t make it easier! Easier does not equal less complex!

    It’s interesting that they’ve changed the order that they’re doing the game in. I can’t imagine doing cutscenes before the gameplay though. Them switching it just makes MORE sense!

    • GenoKID

      He might have meant less complex. Look at ST.

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  • Nick

    I agree with Bre I hope this E3 trailer is as epic, or even better than Twilight princess' 2004 E3 trailer. I'm not giving my hopes up yet, as we know how nintendo has a few tricks of their own. I know they're going to own E3 this year with their entire line up.

  • Nick

    I agree with Bre I hope this E3 trailer is as epic, or even better than Twilight princess' 2004 E3 trailer. I'm not giving my hopes up yet, as we know how nintendo has a few tricks of their own. I know they're going to own E3 this year with their entire line up.

  • LoZyMugglegater

    Oh,YES!!!!finally some news on Zelda Wii! So now they've committed to showing a trailer at E-3, that means they can't back out now! 😀

  • By_Farore

    Yes yes, E3 trailer coming. It's about the only thing I've had hammered into my head since… feels like an eternity.

    Creating the game itself before the cutscenes though… That's a new one.
    It's something I'll keep in mind, oh my yes.
    Interesting way to create plot. I knew that in their plans they focus on gameplay, then the plot gets influenced by it and not the other way around, but I wasn't expecting them to actually -make- the cutscenes after completing the gameplay. On paper yes, but not visually.

    They're really trying to kick it up a notch.

    I find this news far more interesting than a possible release date.

    And darn, that interview should help me practice my German. Am not pleased that all I can say is 'ich habe ein Hund' and some bad words..

  • GenoKID

    Good job translating for us! I'm surprised to hear that they develop cut-scenes first, though, I thought that came last. (Why I thought TP's story was rehashed; kind of meh). Because they're doing it this way, might they mean another MM? By which I mean, a radical transformation in gameplay, besides control schemes?

  • GenoKID

    Good job translating for us! I'm surprised to hear that they develop cut-scenes first, though, I thought that came last. (Why I thought TP's story was rehashed; kind of meh). Because they're doing it this way, might they mean another MM? By which I mean, a radical transformation in gameplay, besides control schemes?

  • Matt17

    all of the rumors of the 3ds and zelda wii being announced at E3 came true. its actually gonna happen. this is gonna be one great E3

  • James Slater

    A Japanese interview with German subtitles, eh?

    (dontmentionthewardontmentionthewardontmentionthewar)

  • James Slater

    A Japanese interview with German subtitles, eh?

    (dontmentionthewardontmentionthewardontmentionthewar)

  • Rohan

    Wait, does this interview suggest that we possibly won't see an E3 trailer for Zelda? "But shortly before completion, we will have a trailer available." It's pretty obvious that Zelda isn't going to release in the next few months…and I'mm doubtful even for late in this year. So does this mean no trailer? "You will see what I mean at E3." They could just be releasing more concept art on some of the characters. Nowhere did Miyamoto mention a trailer at E3…….but we better get one.

    • Arkamidis

      Nice observation! Now I'm having second thought on E3 and what they could possibly showcase there.

      • Leftyrock91

        I'm looking at this with a little more optimistic view. Maybe the trailer we will see at E3 is the trailer before release? Maybe some of you guys can't comprehend how nintendo can release a game so early, i mean they've only been working on it since before the release of twilight princess.

    • Link

      No there will be a trailer he has confirmed that with a demo, plus he said "soon well show you the trailer "which is at E3 2010 and the game is going to be released this year (I'm praying) and he said a few months ago that "If they don't show us a trailer at E3 2010 the show would be a disaster.

  • LizMara

    That's right, Miyamoto…keep stalling… =D

  • Thareous33

    So, there is a white whale.

    It is good to know we have not been played these past few months, what with the fake interview and the lack of real info spilled from Nintendo's pot of beans. I am relieved to hear that the cutscenes will be after the game design, at least after having to watch the intro to Wind Waker about twelve dozen times (because the disc kept freezing). Loved the addition in TP where you could skip the scenes you didn't want to see. Then again, that might make me sound like an ingrate. But judge me how you will.

    Rohan, you made a spectacular point about the trailer possibly being after E3. You have a sharp mind and keen eyes. Make sure both are used for good.

  • “Less complciated” and “easy” don’t mean the same thing.

    In fact the hardest Zelda games ever are also the simplest ones.

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  • apexman13

    gosh i miss the good ol days when games were made to be hard.

    nowadays its "look at this everyone! its so easy your grandma can play it!"

    disgusting.

    i sure hope zelda wii is challenging. why have the real gamers been left in the dust? WHY!!!!!!!!

  • Thareous33

    Whoa, whoa, "more and more complicated"? As in, what, abounding with modern or even 19th-century technology? (Not more complicated, like simple; I am no wuss. I, for one, like the pace Zelda goes at. Another step up couldn't kill me. Or could it?). I hope this is not so. The last two games were invaded by a steamboat and a train, for Saint Ps sake! Let's not allow this to "pollute" the newest Zelda timeline{s}. The previous games didn't cover any advancements, anyway.

    (Not disregarding Goht, the Goron Mines in TP, or Great Bay Temple in MM)

    • Rohan

      My guess is this game is going to be a sequel to TP. I really don't have any facts to back this claim, but if you look at the trend of Zelda games, the second one on the same console tends to be a sequel of the first one (The only exception being gamecube). Taking that into consideration, it will be an advanced version of the TP Hyrule. Since things like magnetism, mechanized fishing rods, and giant canons exist in the TP world, I would imagine that Zelda is starting to take it's first steps out of the "medieval age" that it's in. This could imply many things for the complicity of the game. I guess we'll just have to see what Nintendo comes up with.

      • Rohan

        oops, I didn't mean to say complicity, my bad. Rephrased sentence: This could imply many things for how complicated the game will be.

  • Gerudude

    Yeah, make it harder!!! both fights and puzzles.
    By now we all know about switches n stuff.

    Think about stone tower in MM and the Darknuts in TP. Now they were a bit tougher then what we were used to right?
    Let's hope it evolves in that direction.

  • Omen

    I think I'm going to kill my self if I have to wait any longer!!! ZELDA WII WILL BE AWESOME! ^_^ Let's hope it's a Majora's Mask Sequel!

  • Omen

    I think I'm going to kill my self if I have to wait any longer!!! ZELDA WII WILL BE AWESOME! ^_^ Let's hope it's a Majora's Mask Sequel!

  • Arkling

    Man I keep wanting more information. Interesting to hear about them making it easier, I'm guessing he means finding a way for controls to seem a little more responsive. The most frustrating thing in a game for many people isn't the difficulty of the game itself but getting it to do what you want when you want, and what you intended.

  • AdaMiSt

    Can I ask someone how in the world this is REVERSING the creation process? In pretty much every previous interview I can think of, Miyamoto talks about them creating the game world and stuff BEFORE even considering story and cutscenes.

    If they did the reverse last time, no wonder Twilight Princess was so soulless.

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