The newest addition to The Legend of Zelda series has fans waiting with baited breath for its release. Most of the series’ sense of adventure and mystery comes from the brilliant mind of game designer and producer, Eiji Aonuma. Recently, Aonuma sat down with Nintendo UK online magazine Nintendo Extra about his favorite parts of the game and what players can expect for future installments.
“…as the area…gets bigger, you gain courage, which makes you more curious about the world around you.”
One of the most beloved, albeit sometimes frustrating, elements of The Legend of Zelda games would be the harrowing puzzles that you need to solve in order to get to the next part of the quest. Aonuma stated that often it takes a great team of developers to create a finalized puzzle for the game and that his favorites are ones that change the player’s perspective:
“.. in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS, you usually proceed through a 3D map, watching the action from a top-down perspective. However, when you push against a wall and use a special technique, you can become a living, walking painting!”
Aonuma goes on to explain that integrating the hardware the Nintendo consoles provide is important when creating a flagship Legend of Zelda title and that the Wii U gamepad will undoubtedly be a huge part in the newest arrival. Aonuma’s goal is to take the next unnamed Wii U game to an entirely different level in terms of exploration and adventure.
Although having an open world environment would be a new concept to most of us who grew up with the saga, Aonuma is confident fans will welcome it with open arms. “At first, you might worry about what might happen if you’re not able to return home, but as the area you’re able to explore gets bigger, you gain courage, which makes you more curious about the world around you. It feels like you’re growing, somehow. I want people to enjoy this sensation when they play the game,” Aonuma explains.
Undoubtedly, a lot of us have grown up with The Legend of Zelda games and it is exciting to see what new adventure awaits us with the upcoming Wii U release. Link, no matter the form or the timeline, has always been one of the iconic pinnacles of exploration in the video game industry. As we grow, so does our green-clad protagonist and Aounuma hopes to provide us with as many of these new experiences as possible.