It looks the Nintendo’s Zelda team may have some catching up to do when it comes to visuals. Nintendo Everything is reporting that Monster Hunter 3’s visuals were so impressive that even Nintendo’s Zelda Wii team is feeling the pressure to make the next Zelda look better. This could result in a graphical quality burst for the Wii as more prominent developers add more effort into making their games “beautified,” and it’s very likely that the Zelda Wii team will now commit more time to increasing the graphical quality of the next major game in our favorite franchise.

There’s evidence that Nintendo takes the Monster Hunter team very seriously, given that they worked directly with them to create the Classic Controller Pro.

Since it undoubtedly shares the same art style, it might be safe to assume the graphical style will once again fall to realistically rendered universe, a style suited well for high-powered consoles like the XBox 360 and PS3. What do you guys think – should the upcoming Zelda Wii title have a greater focus on visuals than Twilight Princess?

To see the Monster Hunter Trailer 3 for yourself, just watch below:

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  • Ohmygasha!

    I think it should focus some on visuals, and since the game is being built from the ground-up for the Wii, that shouldn't be a huge problem. I've always been an advocate of substance over style, so I don't think visuals should be ALL the team focuses on.

  • ChainofTermina

    I'm back from vacation and get the first post! weeeeeee!
    Hell yeah they should make ZW more beutiful. I think its good that that the Zelda team feels pressured, cause then they'l put in more effort. and if a zelda game has 360 graphics? that would be so awsome I can't even think of a powerful enough way to describe it.

    and could this actually mean that Link's hat might even… possibly…..
    NOT warp through his shield? DON DON DONNNN!!!!

    • Boy, wouldn't it be nice to have at least Link's model be flawless? Since he is the one that we look at the entire game…

    • Arkamidis

      Wow. The visuals for Monster Hunter 3 rapes Twilight princess by a long shot. What got me a bit perplexed was the fact that this game is for Wii. If Nintendo feels a bit intimedated by this game then they should put a lot of effort in perfecting the next Zelda installment. I am a landscape artist, I know what game developers are capable of doing with games that take on the life-like concepts. I am pretty sure that they can pull it off. (Or at least I hope they do) So I will be expecting to see a great step into world detail from every perspective I can observe. (Take a look at Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patiots) Along with keeping up a really good story line and a darker, more matured feel gameplay. I also look fowards to seeing improved boss battles, and maybe some horrific creatures to give the game a kick of spizzaz.

      -Thank You For Reading

  • hihihihihihi

    yay 3rd post!!!!! omg omg well i dont really care bout graphics… Xbox and PS3 focus only on graphics, not on the fun on the game, thats y wii games will always be better!!!! yes they shoudl focus a little more on graphics which wont be a prob as you said, because TP was also for GC so they couldnt make sooooo good graphics but with wii itll be easeir

    • helmeroc-king

      just cuz the ps3 and 360 have great graphics doesent mean thats all they focus on u nintendo fanboy

    • Noodles

      yeah, too bad you can count the good games on the wii with only one hand. the wii is under performing. at least games on the 360 and ps3 take full advantage of the systems abilities. the Wii's full potential is still untapped by over ninety percent of the games on it (including twilight princess)

  • Pentrox

    This are definetly good news.

  • lynnctd

    Thanks so much for visual references.

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  • Jale

    They should focus on visuals as much as they can while still letting the substance not be some half-baked waffle. It shouldn't be just fun to look at and incredibly boring to play. I mean, Ocarina of Time doesn't have these kind of graphics, but a lot of people still love it.

  • Navi17

    Eh i dont care about graphics cuz the very first Zelda game i played was Ocarina of time. That was they ONLY zelda game i played for years and years I got used to the graphics. Twilight Princess graphics were awsome when i played it on my friends Wii, There all good enough for me. I really dont like the cartoony graphics from The Windwaker and Phatom Hourglass though. I dont really like Monster Hunter anyways it looks pretty dumb.

  • They should have already finished graphics testing long before Capcom even announced Monster Hunter for Wii. This is what happens when a company makes bad decisions. Twilight Princess should have been released when it was finished and the Zelda team should have moved on immediately rather than waste a year doing nothing but a tacked-on Wii port.

    Seeing this news, I'm not gonna hold my breath on Zelda Wii coming out any sooner either.

    • Noodles

      word. i think it is a problem when the GC version is better then the Wii version (not that twilight princess was anything extraordinary in the first place)

    • LFFWDS

      What are you talking about? we dont want them to rush or else another Phantom Hourglass will happen.

  • TurnipCrusador

    Looks great. If the next Zelda game looks this good, I'd be psyched.

  • I think this is an argument that should have come up sooner since the release of Wii. The graphics for Twilight Princess are still stunning whenever I play it because I can get more out of the gameplay experience making it feel more REAL to me.

    What I personally believe is that the Zelda Wii team should do is at least match the graphics in Brawl. Now THAT would be worth the wait for the next Zelda Wii title.

  • Magic Beans Seller

    Well, I dont care about graphics more than I care about gameplay, obviously, but I think graphics are almost as important as the music, its all about art.

  • ChainofTermina

    I don't really care about gameplay at all. I play videogames for one reason and one reason only; Story. and its kinda hard to tell a good story with horrible graphics. I 'm not sure any games on the original Atari HAD a story.

    although I'm undoughtedly about to be proven wrong

    • helmeroc-king

      if play vidoe games for the story why dont you just watch tv or movies

  • deadfast

    They should pull out all the stops and bring Zelda to the grand, epic potential that it really has. The guaranteed gameplay is great and all, but wouldn't it be so much better if a zelda game finally had EVERYTHING you could ask for? Unprecedented visuals, stunning orchestrated soundtrack and the tried-and true gameplay that has always made them classics. How could anything top it then?

  • cartoon_link

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yesys yheeesy esyyeyes yes like this do zelda like this plzzzzzzzzzzzzz thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • cartoon_link

    but not really 🙂

  • oh, come on Nintendo! You can do even better than this if you tried! I'm a game designer; I know it can be done on the Wii!

  • I thought Twilight Princess was a very pretty installment. And just knowing they can do better makes me even more excited for Zelda Wii.

  • Business Shrub

    Monster Hunter 3 sucks, all you do it seems is run around with a sword hitting monsters. At least Zelda has different weapons and dungeons desinged for those weapons and side quests.
    Personally I wouldn't want Zelda to be more realistic, I want it to be more Kawaii 🙂

    • Meh!

      "all you do it seems it run around with a sword hitting monsters"

      If that's the opinion you've formed after actually playing the game … You're doing it wrong.

    • There are 7 weapon types. 4 of them can be considered swords.

  • Teengamer

    Wow, those ARE coolio graphics. Zelda may need to step up its game.

    If they could possibly improve the graphics and yet still keep the feel of the game like TP and OoT did, that would be awesome.

  • Elharc

    My jaw dropped the first time I saw this and realised it was a wii game, originally I thought it was an X-box 360 game judging by the graphics o__0

    Of course the gameplay in Zelda has to be brilliant, but it couldn't hurt to make the graphics look so realistically-shiny for once : D
    *do want* *drools*

    • Anonymous

      word

  • eldagger

    monster hunter aint bad i played the first one but if zelda wii's graphics are better than this thena good then i"ve a feeling everything will be alright

  • Victor

    This is nothing but Graphics over Gameplay. Nintendo has their own art style and shouldn't feel the pressure from other gaming companies to update their graphics simlpy cause the Wii is inferior to the Xbox 360 in some aspects.

    I don't play Zelda just for the graphics. As long as all 4 aspects in a Zelda game are balanced out properly (Graphics Gameplay Story and Music), then there's no need to make a big deal over the future of the franchise. The LoZ series will always stand out above the rest no matter what.

    • Indeed. Zelda will always have a place in our hearts, no matter HOW it looks. I mean Wind Waker was fun, right?

  • Edracon

    YAY! I'm so happy now 😀

  • Gameplay over graphics, not that I don't mind nice visuals but i'd take N64, snes or nes graphics again if it ment a totally new Zelda adventure.

  • This IS good news 😉

  • Arkamidis

    Wow. The visuals for Monster Hunter 3 rapes Twilight princess by a long shot. What got me a bit perplexed was the fact that this game is for Wii. If Nintendo feels a bit intimedated by this game then they should put a lot of effort in perfecting the next Zelda installment. I am a landscape artist, I know what game developers are capable of doing with games that take on the life-like concepts. I am pretty sure that they can pull it off. (Or at least I hope they do) So I will be expecting to see a great step into world detail from every perspective I can observe. (Take a look at Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patiots) Along with keeping up a really good story line and a darker, more matured feel gameplay. I also look fowards to seeing improved boss battles, and maybe some horrific creatures to give the game a kick of spizzaz.

    -Thank You For Reading

  • Lules

    I always thought graphics were important, and I do think they should give it proper attention together with gameplay and storyline.

  • Lules

    Oh yeah, forgot to say, I want beautiful graphics, but I think a Zelda as realistic as Monster Hunter 3 would be…weird. Detailed graphics, but not that realistic, please.

  • James

    What's so great about these graphics? There nice for a Wii game but other then really good textures and models and some pretty cut scence, I don't see the big deal. I mean the few things that I think the next Zelda game needs to do to up its game with this game is use photo-realistic textures instead of those painter-type textures and improve the design of its environment, the environment and village shown in this video are just a lot more interesting looking then what we saw in TP.

  • I love the idea that they want to amp up the new Zelda Wii (even though my Wii drove off in the trunk of a Cab…) But i've been a (ridiculously avid)fan since the very beginning, and i would love to see a new Link to the Past-type Zelda… I'm all for another TP style but Link to the Past might be my favorite and although Minish Cap and 4Swords were similar, another full on overhead Zelda (possbily with the story tying into Link2thePast) would be amazing…

    Look at New Super Mario Bros. Wii… Why Not?

  • I saw the commercials here in Japan on the train. I was very impressed that they made those graphics on the Wii. I feel that the next Zelda title will be quite awesome because of this.

  • kaylee

    If any game content gets cut so that they have more time to make it pretty, I'll be annoyed. That said, if the graphics are great, there will be that much less for people to whine about.

  • No, Zelda does not or should not have the same art style as Monster hunter. Even the "realistic" Zelda does not have photorealistic graphics. And it never should. I prefer artistry and creativity thank you very much.

  • No, Zelda does not and should not have the same art style as Monster hunter. Even the "realistic" Zelda does not have photorealistic graphics. And it never should. I prefer artistry and creativity thank you very much.

  • Guil

    I don't think the new Zelda game should be too much on the graphic side because like in TP after they went for the graphics they forgot the rest of the game. Besides Zelda is known for it's own style of not too realistic graphics and I see no real reason to abandon that side of the series. I mean they are still releasing games on platforms that can't perform that well when it comes to high-powered games. The DS or even the new DSi will not have enough power for realistic graphics and then making a Zelda game like that for up beat consoles would separate it from the series and it might not feel like a real Zelda game. But then again the series have taken a nose dive so is there so much to lose any more. Are we rely going to get any more of good Zelda games that can earn their place in the series? The best games in the series have been made in graphics that are more than a decade old so have the series actually reached it's peak and are we just seeing Nintendo trying to keep it still alive by force? At least I hope it won't go to that.

  • Moo

    I play video games for story only, but those graphics are off the charts! I hope the Zelda Wii team are so scared by this trailer that they up their game and make the graphics even better than this. And while graphics don't bother me, the do help get a person more into the story. As does the music. I hope Nintendo makes this their best Zelda game yet. 🙂

  • James

    If its just a Graphical update that there doing, it shouldent really effect the game play at all. They have diffrent departments doing diffrent things at the same time, so while one team is working on the gameplay mechanics, another teams is constantly updating the modeling and texturing. I can't imagine them having to delay the game, unless they really planing on redoing each and every model in the game.

  • DekuKing

    I don't know what to think. I want Zelda Wii to look like a realistic video game, but I don't want it to look so realistic that its ridiculous (especially if there's magic in the game.) On the other hand, there's no way Ninentendo can let that stupid Monster Hunter game beat Zelda. Zelda Wii is going to have crush it.

  • jan

    This worries me, MHTri looks decent at best. If the Zelda team was immpressed by this, the new zelda must look like crap.

    • James

      This is more of a guess, but I was thinking they were (at least till now) going with Twilight Princess Style Graphics. The teaser art that was shown at E3 looks too similar to the art style of Twilight Princess.

  • hookeyed

    as long as we never get another WW

  • shadowblaze66

    The Zelda series has always been the outlet for Nintendo to push their console to its limits. I think a little competition for the zelda team will liven things up. So yeah I think graphics are important for the zelda series as well as the gameplay.

  • Pesten

    Alas, it doesn´t matter how much they push the wii. They can never get it look like xbox360 or PS3 on my tv.. The lack of HD support ruins everything. After buying a new 42" full-HD television – all the Wii games looks crap. The low resolution the console delivers is really a drawback. TP who had great graphics (on my ooold tv) suddenly looks all blurry and jaggy.

  • alexis

    Nintendo can make loz way better than any game because before they had just brought a gamecube game to the wii so obviously its not gonna have great graphics but now they can make more awesome loz games which I'm looking forward too

  • Dawnfire87

    I'm really happy to see that graphics of that caliber are actually possible on the wii. I was already pretty excited to see how beautiful the new Zelda graphics would be, even before seeing exactly what kind of results can be achieved on the system. Like someone else mentioned, I figured it would be around what we saw in Brawl, maybe a little better.

    TP was stunning to me, but there are a few things that I'd like to see them revise in the next installment. Monster Hunter 3 reminds me of a more intense version of the TP graphics (at least in landscapes & such), but Im really hoping the next Zelda will be a bit brighter.

    I feel lately that in an effort to make things look more real in games, creators have introduced duller (if more natural) color schemes. It's not that TP didn't have some beautiful places to visit, but I'd like to see some more vivid colors and bright places. Not quite Wind Waker bright, but vibrant none the less. Than in contrast to that, some of the creepier areas/dungeons will be all the more eerie, which sets a good mood when accompanied with a good solid soundtrack.

    As excited as I am, it does worry me that they would still be talking about what the caliber of their graphics will be– I had sort of hoped that they would be farther along than that. We're certainly not gunna be seeing this baby next year.

  • cresun

    greater focus on stunning visuals : yes

    …but frankly, i think Nintendo should take it from there and aim for something new and surreal

    hardcore gamers will probably disagree with me on this, but i’m seriously tired of everyone’s effort to achieve graphical realism

    beauty comes from creativity…the possibilities are endless!

    truly, Twilight Princess had its serene beauty in the twilight…but i would give Nintendo my Kudos for daring to take Wind Waker to a whole new level, by honing their skills in the process of creating a beautiful and innovative graphical style, in terms of cel-shading

    never before have i seen a more perfect blend of graphical elements in an environment

    …but innovation will also have to come down to the concept of gameplay

    how can you keep a new Zelda game a part of its own franchise, while changing the core elements to renew the gameplay?

    whatever they’re up to, i’m curios to see what they have in mind this time around

  • Waker of Winds

    I don't like monster hunter's graphics, too big. I liked the graphics in TP when everything was small but heavly detailed. Besides, they should focus on the gameplay first!

  • Selena Lori

    Guy Pierce looks like he’s finally gained 50 lbs.