We have yet more interesting morsels of information from Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, who claims that it may take some time to finish developing the upcoming new Zelda title for Wii U.
Miyamoto states that Nintendo’s business plan with the Wii U is similar to the one they took with the Wii. The Wii launched with Twilight Princess and Wii Sports – an entry in a returning series favourite and a brand new game. Similarly, Wii U’s launch titles introduced old and new with Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U.
But because Mario took centre stage in the launch line-up this time around, this means that it could take a while before Link gets his time to shine.
Miyamoto said the following in an interview with Time:
“If you look back at the launch of Wii, we were able to prepare a game like Wii Sports, which at the time was clearly a new game, and launch that alongside a Zelda game. With the Wii U, we took a similar approach by launching Nintendo Land as well as a Mario game – though we’re working on Zelda for Wii U, that’s going to take us a little bit longer.”
He goes on to say how he wished Pikmin 3 could have released closer to launch, but Nintendo are still exploring the system’s capabilities in order to utilise the Wii U’s potential as much as possible. This could also apply to the next Zelda instalment and could factor into the delay.
Miyamoto hints further at the Wii U’s untapped potential:
“We still have new things to learn about how to leverage the features and functionalities of Wii U in ways that create fun and interesting new ways to play, including new gameplay systems. As we become even more familiar with the hardware, we’ll be able to do more from a software standpoint. That’s an area we’re currently devoting resources to.”
I think that the majority of fans would agree that the wait will be worth it if longer development time allows greater implementation of the console’s capabilities. After all, with Wind Waker HD coming this year, it’s not like the wait will be entirely excruciating.