"I like puppets!"

Those keeping up with all things Zelda last November may remember this article the UK’s The Guardian did with Eiji Aonuma.

Why are we pointing to it today? Simply because that sly dog Mr. Aonuma told us secrets about Skyward Sword nearly a year before they were to be revealed!

“I have an eight-year-old son myself at home, and quite recently he started playing The Phantom Hourglass for DS, because when the software first hit the market he was too young. When he started playing with the boat, I told him: ‘In the next Zelda, you are going to be able to ride on the train.’ He answered: ‘OK, Dad, first boat, and then train? Surely next time, Link is going to fly in the sky … ‘”

Aonuma pauses, grinning. “I just don’t know. If many people make many speculations … some of them might be correct. Right now, I have to refrain from commenting on anything.”

More after the jump!

Wow, so it looks like we knew nearly a year ago that in Skyward Sword Link would live in the sky and would fly. Well, we still don’t know that Link “flies” per se, but we do know that he travels back and forth between Hyrule and various islands floating in the sky.

Also, from this article we learn a random Aonuma factoid: Puppet Ganon from Wind Waker was inspired by Aonuma’s own hobby of making marionettes back in college.

And we also learn why there has never been a jump button in Eiji’s Zelda games, saying that he is no good at “jump games” like Mario because:

“I always miss the point where I should land, and I always cry out and say ‘Wait a minute, is this the end of the whole story? Is there no rescue from that?'” This is, he says, the root of Ocarina of Time’s auto-jump system.

So while this interview may be nearly a year old, it seems at least one secret about Skyward Sword was cleverly hidden in it. Who know? There may be more. . .

Have a read at The Guardian’s site.

Source: The Guardian (tipped by AuraKshatriya)
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  • Link

    Nice.

  • X x7

    well why didnt you tell us then!? We could've known about skyward sword a year early!

    • LoverOfLegend

      Yes but then we would only be even more anxious while waiting.

    • Because this was back when we were still waiting for Spirit Tracks πŸ˜›

      • Let's hope we don't miss anything about the next Zelda title while waiting for Skyward Sword πŸ˜›

    • X x7

      so then why is everyone thumbs downing me?

      • lifesavers2

        Becuase Jason pwnd you with a smiley πŸ˜›

        Its the same reason why everyone thumbs ups him no matter what he says.

        • X x7

          Then πŸ˜›

  • Bolero

    As soon as I saw Link jump into the clouds I knew he would be able to fly because I thought of that article.

  • Karnage

    Everyone who has read this interview was expecting to see flight appearing in this game, however we are still not sure how it will work.
    I hope it will not just appear in cut scenes showing Link fly from the cloud world to the ground and vice versa. They could just do it, say, with a huge cannon. Oh wait…

  • Billybob

    There's a typo… It says "Who know? There may be more. . ." It should say "Who knows". XD

  • Jack

    Link's next big adventure: outer space!

    • Labrynian Rebel

      Seeing Hyrule from orbit will REALLY help with geography theorizing πŸ˜›

  • XxSacredBeastxX

    Well, according to the article, it looks like Aonuma's son was the one that predicted Link flying, not Aonuma himself. Then again, I could be reading wrong. xD

    • The way I read it is that his son suggested it, and that caused Aonuma to think about how to incorporate it.

  • spades-ryou

    when he said fly in the sky, he was probably referring to the toon link version where there is most likely going to be an aircraft of somesort. I doubt he was thinking of skyward sword when the title and plot were still in development. He was probably going to implement an old fashioned plane or air ballon for the hand held system. but im not very sure considering OOT is coming out for the 3DS instead. Does that mean good bye to toon link?

    • X x7

      no and I really hope your theorizing is wrong. LInk in ANY flying thing except for maybe a griffin or a phoniex would suck.

  • ThatOneGuy

    If Link does fly, I hope it's either through a cannon, roc's cape (or some other similar item), or a flying animal, and NOT through an airplane. I might forgive them if they use a hot air baloon, since it was already used in Spirit Tracks and didn't seem too out of place there, but flying through an airplane is unnacceptable for a zelda game, in my opinion.

    • I also wouldn't mind Link in a hot air balloon, but I wouldn't be too happy with an airplane. Of course, I wasn't so jazzed about the train when I first saw it in the trailer. . .

      • melo

        exacly what i think too.