Kotaku has just released an interview with Eiji Aonuma, one of the many developers of Skyward Sword, and Koji Kondo, the man who conducted many of the Zelda soundtracks in the past. This interview talks about the 25th anniversary, and even some more obscure questions about Navi and Link’s child form.

Questions in bold were asked by Kotaku. Also keep in mind this interview was conducted before E3 and just recently released.

This is the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. What do you think is the best way for Nintendo to commemorate that milestone?

Mr. Aonuma: Zelda has always been a series known for its high-quality music, so we’ve planned an orchestral concert to help people celebrate the 25th anniversary. Music is a passion of both myself and Mr. Miyamoto, and that passion connects to gameplay elements such as Link’s playing of instruments. I would like to give people an opportunity to enjoy music while following the history of the Zelda series with us all the way up to Skyward Sword.

Super Mario 64 DS seemed to expand more on the original (new playable characters, new power-ups, multiplayer) than Ocarina of Time 3D does. Did you consider altering the game in any ways beyond the interface or graphics?

Mr. Aonuma: Our goal with Ocarina of Time 3D was to create a game that maintains the strengths of the original and appeals to both old and new players alike. As a result of the more advanced Nintendo 3DS hardware, a number of elements, such as the graphics and the processing speed, have been upgraded. Of course, this is just one way in which we have improved upon the original appeal of the game. We have also made other improvements, such as better item manipulation through the use of the touchscreen. I believe that players who experienced the original will notice right after starting the game that the strengths of the game have been enhanced by the new changes we’ve incorporated and that new players will experience the game as something fresh without noticing that 13 years have passed since it was originally created.

How much do you get in royalties every time another developer uses Z-targeting in their post-Ocarina games?

Mr. Aonuma: Recently, it’s been common for new ideas to be patented immediately, and it’s difficult for people to figure out how to escape this situation. While I think that this is the right way for things to be from a business perspective, I also fear that this situation may impede the maturation of new technology. I believe that the process of everyone improving upon great ideas in different ways leads to new ideas. I want the idea of Z-targeting to develop into something even greater through the efforts of many different developers, and I want to keep being one of the developers that improves upon great ideas.

Link jumps automatically in this game, which seems like a radical idea for the time. Who came up with that? Did you ever argue about it?

Mr. Aonuma: Mr. Miyamoto, who had his share of jumping gameplay in Mario 64, proposed that we not make Zelda into a jumping game.

One reason Link jumps automatically is that Zelda is designed around the action of fighting enemies with a sword, so we felt that adding jumping to the equation would make things too complicated. Another reason is that Zelda used a gameplay system of context-sensitive actions, in which the action performed varied depending on the place or object that the action was being performed on. I think you can say that rather than employing a fixed action, that is, the jump, we chose a type of gameplay in which the user could perform a wide variety of actions.

Some people find Navi to be annoying. Do you find Navi to be annoying? Is there a way to silence her in Ocarina of Time 3D?

Mr. Aonuma: Going on an adventure by yourself is lonely and dull. Navi may seem “annoying” at times, but it’s hard to imagine Ocarina of Time without communication with Navi, and communication partners like Navi have been employed in different forms in subsequent games in the Zelda series.

I think that how you feel when you have to say goodbye to a partner who you sometimes thought was “annoying” is an important element of the experience of Ocarina of Time.

Who wrote the songs Link plays on his Ocarina? How did you come up with them?

Mr. Kondo: I came up with them. First I decided to use five notes (D, F, A, B, and D), to match the number of buttons on the controller, and then I thought of songs that used three of those notes. There are also some songs that use more than three notes. I worked hard to make each song easily distinguishable from the others.

If versions of Mario and Luigi can make joke appearances in Ocarina (Ingo and Talon), how come we’ve never seen an alternate version of Link in a Mario game? Or have we?

Mr. Aonuma: I’ve never heard of Link appearing in the world of Mario, and I think it would feel a bit odd for Link, who has the proportions of a real human, to appear in such a world. But I don’t know what the future holds… (Maybe I’m the only one who thinks that Rosalina kind of looks like Zelda.)

(Note: Readers with memories better than mine and Aonuma’s point out that Link makes a cameo in Super Mario RPG for the SNES.)

Why did Link have to go back to being a kid? He just saved Hyrule. Surely he should be allowed to stay grown up.

Mr. Aonuma: Through the guidance of Zelda, Link was able to become a young man without maturing mentally. So Zelda returned Link to his child form once more. I think she wanted him to live a life in which he grew up normally. Also, if Link didn’t return to being a child for us, we wouldn’t have the story of Majora’s Mask, so this is a part of the story that I really want to remain the way it is.

Source: Kotaku

  • Rowsdower

    Loving all these retrospective interviews on OoT as of late. Not sure if you guys posted it already but there is a massive Iwata Asks article out now with the original development team of OoT, and its one part of two! Fascinating stuff in that one.

  • mikeypizzalover

    My town got only two copies of OoT3D. I checked at Zellers (the Canaidian equivalent of Target) Shopers drug mart, The Source, Blockbuster(mine stayed open-wnt bankrupt becase of Netfix)and a store called Play and Trade. No wal-mart, bust buy or game spot. Those arethe only game stores here in my town.The two copies here were at Zellers, and I was third in line. So I orderd it on bustbuy.ca and I will have it by the end of school.

    I dobt that this game will end up in the bargin Bin!!! (Spirit Tracks did not some places it was (not here). Thus the small shipments).

    • mikeypizzalover

      lol, I mispelt Best Buy as Bust Buy, and Capitals

  • kyobre

    i cant wait to get oot 3d i should be gettin it here pretty soon so yayz

  • Mando




    Links Cameo

  • mikeypizzalover

    Me too, Thanks

    For all Who don't Know what the game is; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_(mind_game)

  • Zachattack8888

    See that's what I thought.

  • Zeldadudetp

    Though I already know most of the stuff on this article, it's still important to think and reflect on why Ocarina of TIme is what it is, the music of Ocarina of Time, and how Ocarina of Time will defer from it's 3D version. This is what the article is about; commemorating the achievements of Ocarina of Time and also moving forward to the key aspects of Ocarina of Time 3D.

  • MiniLink

    navi was tolerable, i think people just overexagerated how annoying she realy was.

  • Disciple of Midna

    I love Navi! She's so adorable! Not to mention, she established the sort of "assistant" role for all the others. No one ever seems to complain about Tatl, Ezlo, Midna, etc. even though they're all based off of Navi to some degree.

    • Silver-Lynx4

      I personally like Navi + than other sidekicks…and i did complain about Midna @ some point…
      however they r all only a copy of our fav winged friend
      at last…Link and Navi had a brother-sister/son-mother relationship 😛

  • Tuf Pic

    I wish they would have included new storyline elements, although ZethAlkar64, who is making a Zelda Ura hack, told me that he MIGHT make a port of it for the 3DS, & so that will probably make up for that, although I am planning on getting both…

  • yoshideady@gmail.com

    Link and samus made a cameo in super mario rpg

  • Sage of Hyrule

    Yes! That's what I wish more people would understand. It's the gamers who really didn't care about the character development of Link that hated her. She was an integral part in his adventure; really, she was the only one that ever knew exactly what he had to go through–all of the emotional turmoil of being thrust into a world seven years older than he was mentally, the physical pain his battles brought on, etc etc. She was by his side no matter what, and I have to say, if I was in Link's shoes I would have been eternally grateful for her and sad about her departure. Besides, it was Navi that helped him become a "true" Kokiri in the end…

  • Silver-Lynx4

    ERROR
    she was OVER useful…but cool

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