Last week we posted about a list of facts that were rumored to appear in the September issue of Nintendo Power regarding The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. We can now, after having seen it with our own eyes, confirm those to be true – and more!
Chief amongst that list is voice acting and the fact that not only will Link not be speaking in the game, but we will hear none of the other characters speak as well. And based on what producer Eiji Aonuma had to say to Nintendo Power, it is likely we will never hear voice acting in a Zelda game.
More about this and other exciting new tidbits about Skyward Sword after the jump!
When asked about voice acting, Eiji Aonuma had this to say:
“Personally, I don’t want to have Link speak in the game. We haven’t had him talk at all up to this point. It’s part of the series’ history. It would just, to me, break the image of Link to have him speak.”
So that’s certainly a “no” on Link then. Under Aonuma’s guard, Link will never speak. He goes on to explain why we will likely never hear any other characters speak in any Zelda game:
“In terms of other characters, if Link never talks and everyone else in the game is chatting and whatnot, I also think that’s sort of an off mixture, so it’s not something that, to be honest, I’ve really thought I want to be superactive about or I’ve really pressed for. It just hasn’t come up to me personally.”
Voice acting aside, the new major item of news is that the Skyward Sword itself will be used as a treasure finder. Mr. Aonuma said to Nintendo Power: “The sword itself has a treasure-seeking ability […] I’d like people to look forward to imagining how we’re going to use the sword to do that.” That is certainly food for thought!
He also mentions that as this is a Legend of Zelda game, we will certainly see the Princess herself. As for Ganon: “We don’t want to make any comments on that as of yet.” I personally think it’s safe to take that as a “yes.”
Also, Skyward Sword definitely takes place before Ocarina of Time. Curiously, Mr. Aonuma refers to Ocarina as having been first in the timeline prior to Skyward Sword. “We’ve talked with the media about Ocarina of Time being the oldest story in the Zelda timeline,” he explained to Nintendo Power. Many of us had assumed The Minish Cap to be first with the declaration from Eiji that the Four Swords tales were the “oldest legends” in Hyrule. . . which would place The Minish Cap at the beginning. Either this contradicts that fact, or Mr. Aonuma is ignoring the whole Four Swords cycle placement as non-essential when discussing the Master Sword.
The entire interview is a fascinating read and we are very grateful to ZU member Feri-san for directing us to the scans, which were uploaded by DeviantArt member Moshata and can be downloaded here.