I’m sure most of you will remember the impressive footage of what appeared to be a Zelda title that Nintendo showed off at E3 this year. Unfortunately, for us fans of the series, the footage turned out to be no more than a tech demo, created to show off the sorts of things that the Wii U would be capable of.

However, in an interview with Kotaku, Shigeru Miyamoto shared an interesting piece of information.

“This is an HD system, our first HD system, and we want to create a real HD Zelda game for it,” he said. “You will see a lot of these in-depth and deep experiences in terms of visual style. You will also see some play styles that are fun and interesting because of the play structure.”

It’s not yet known if the tech demo shown at E3 is the starting point for a future Zelda game on the Wii U, or if the appearance of the game will be completely different. It’s great to know that Miyamoto is already thinking of the possibilities created by the Wii U’s new hardware and control scheme. What do you think this will mean for the future of Zelda? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

Source: VG247
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  • Dan

    I think he simply means that these visual styles will be possible on the Wii U. He said "This is an HD system, our first HD system, and we want to create a real HD Zelda game for it". That means that Zelda will be in HD, But it doesn't necessarily mean it will look like the tech demo.

    I think they used Zelda for the tech demo for the same reason Sony used FF7 for their PS3 tech demo: to make people talk. That's all. Don't read too much into the screenshot. While yes, it's very cool, and yes, I'm sure we'd all love to play a Zelda game that looks like that, I don't think we will.

    • Keimori

      But that dosn't mean we won't. while I agree that its too early to get our hopes up, i honestly don't think we should take a realistic looking zelda of the table, so to speak.

  • robotortoise

    Wow. Just wow. If Nintendo managed to make something as beautiful as Skyward Sword and Super Mario Galaxy on the limited hardware of the Wii, imagine what they'll be able to do on a system ten times more powerful! My body is ready!

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  • BGS

    I hope Nintendo has learned their lesson with the tech demo of the Gamecube. For those of you whom don't remember, they showed a "realistic" trailer demo of an Adult Link fighting Ganondorf. Then the next year they debut with a trailer for The Wind Waker. Many people were disappointed.

    So, by showing this tech demo of a really great looking HD Link, I hope Nintendo has learned that THAT is what the gamers/fans really want and that they will be able to deliver it.

    • aeolus

      I honestly think that with this new system, and with what Nintendo is now pushing for, they will make Zelda similar to what we saw in the demo. The Gamecube demo was really just to show off the Gamecube, not a new Zelda. And I think going with the style in WW was a good choice. There may have been a lot of things that just didn't work with that system and the demo style. Wind Waker turned out to be a beautiful game that was really fun to play and really fun to look at. I think it allowed for more creativity, and the developers were able to become artists…. eh, this is a different discussion, lol. But I'm glad they did what they did then. But I think the new game will be similar to the demo. Its funny they had such a realistic looking demo at the same time they are showing off Skyward Sword. Its like they are saying "Zelda can be anything" lol

    • Lames

      You're right. Many people were disappointed about the initial wind waker trailer but not with the game itself. Miyamoto once said that a lot of fantasy games strive to be super realistic and that he never considered zelda to be in the same category of those games. However he also said that when approaching making a new game, they look at the previous game's graphics and the hardware to see what would work best. The only reason the TP graphics weren't used for SS is because the new swordplay requires your enemies to have exaggerated features with clearly visible weaknesses so the player knows where to strike. Maybe with HD, they could incorporate Wii motion plus controls and realistic graphics. Either way, I'm sure they'll choose what works best with that game.

    • Zachattack8888

      People really, (And when I say really, I mean REALLY), need to stop bashing WW because of it's so-called "childish/ stupid/ horrible style". It was a fantastic game that I think rivals OoT and MM. I'm sorry but all of you WW haters need to stop being ignorant and learn to accept things and see the good in the game. It really gets me fired up when people talk ill of WW…

  • Keimori

    no sir, we've goten our Remake, and it's brilliant, now leave it be, its perfect enough and tere is no reason to remake it again.

  • I want this to become a Zelda game. SO MUCH.

  • Ultima96

    I would like a Wii U zelda to retain the Skyward Sword art style. I think it would be awesome in HD. Then again i did likethe more…..mature looking Twilight Princess stuff. I guess i am indifferent.

  • aeolus

    This demo is clearly not the beginning of a new Zelda, BUT its a place to start. I think the Wii U will open up MANY possibilities for some very unique Zelda gameplay, and the world we play in will be AMAZING! And it seems like they wouldn't put a hud or anything, and have it all on the small screen, except the hearts of course because that is classic and shouldn't EVER disappear from the main screen, haha.

    One thing I'm confused about is the motion controls. Didn't they say that they wanted this to be how all Zelda games are from now on? I don't see how that's going to work with the new Wii U controller. Having the menus on the little screen would be pretty bad-ass (like OoT 3Ds, only split up) BUT if the Skyward Sword controls are as fun and amazing as they say I want to be able to use that as well….. I'm sure they are thinking the same thing.

    • Ultima96

      QUOTE – except the hearts of course because that is classic and shouldn't EVER disappear from the main screen, haha.

      They left the main screen in Ocarina of Time 3d

  • Sweetie_Licous

    I want new items, and old items back. More transportation too ! Instead of Link riding Epona, the Spirit Train, or The King of Red Lions, wouldn't it be better, if he can ride other animals as well. This is my opinion, and I hope Nintendo can read this. 🙂

    • Keimori

      Have you forgoten that like has already ridden on a Dodongo, a Boxing Kangaroo, and a flying Bear. Needless to say the next step is giant colorful Shoebil birds already.

      so one can only asume nintendo has not only read your comment, but gone back in time and done it already. XP

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  • Xosgni

    HD Zelda, Huh? Looks like the fans are finally going to get what they've been asking for.

    I guess Miyamoto takes back that whole "no more Zelda" stuff. He's already got his eye on HD Zelda.

  • KyleLink

    I see this Wii U visual demo the same as the Gamecube. The graphics seemed amazing when they showed that clip of Link fighting Ganon but it didn't mean the games were like that. Wind Waker didn't even go close to realism but still had a great plot and a style that was new and fresh. Twilight Princess brought back that realism but more enhanced. The Wii U clip of Link fighting the spider looks like an HD version of Link and Armogohma. It's just to show the clearness and detail that can be in a Wii U game. I'm waiting for both a realistic Zelda game as this and for a kid friendly style like that of SS and WW. And of course, Nintendo is a somewhat family friendly consle.

  • Naomi

    wii u majora mask remake would be nice.but i bet they will remake it for the 3ds..

  • cloverplayer

    what if there is no more skyward sword news? it's not their fault.

  • ChainofTermina

    Tech demo= awesome realistic detailed graphics
    what we actually got= Cartoony looking cel shaded (not that that's a bad thing, I loved it, but still, not what we were shown at first)

    Wii U:
    Tech Demo=Zelda with graphics that remind me of friggin Mass Effect!
    who wants to bet what we will actually get on Wii U is gonna be a Zelda game with graphics in a similar style to Kirby's Epic Yarn? hahahha (I'm only joking XD)

  • robotortoise

    Well, for the Wii hardware it is.

  • Soulless Creature

    If they are making a new Zelda game I've just got this to say "One Zelda game at a time I don't want to wait 3 years for two Zelda games, what am I going to play in the wait Pokemon (mainly), Mario (Kart and football; I'm english), Sonic (the fighters plus riders one and two), Pikmin (having a plant army is pleasing), Metroid (ah Metroid; space Zelda with guns and a harder difficulty), and Super smash bros. two and three. Wow my life without Zelda won't be that bad, If any of you can change my mind reply and If you can't change my mind unless something amazing happens I won't even bother playing anymore new Zelda games."

  • Zachattack8888

    Hey, Ocarina of Time may be one of the greatest games ever made by fact and opinion but it's had enough time in the lime light. It's been made for 4+ consuls. While I am excited for the 3DS version I'm hoping that is the last of new remakes/ports of Ocarina of Time.

    Nintendo needs to focus on making NEW Zelda games and stop wasting time RE-MAKING Zelda games. I'm tired of playing and beating the same game over and over again. I'm sorry if I have come off as rude, that was not my intentions, I'm just droping in my 2 cents.

  • Zachattack8888

    It makes me sad that many people aren't appreciating the STYLE of SS….
    It's IMPRESSIONISM STYLED!!!!! I think Mr. Miyamoto is freaking brilliant for choosing to base SS's graphics off of that style of art!!

    Sorry… I'm an art nut…

  • Taha_Soysal

    OOT already has a handful of remakes. Let's just give it a well deserved rest.

  • Zachattack8888

    I'm really hoping for an HD Zelda! That would be so cool!! I'm sure whatever Nintendo has in store for us is going to be beautiful and fun!!

  • Sanity's_Theif

    Man I love that screenshot, here's to hoping they use the visual style shown in the Wii U tech demo, it looks absolutely beautiful

  • xxx

    I hope you shut your f u c k i n g mouth.

  • RPH1

    I've bought several systems just to play Zelda, then used it for other games. Now, I will have to get an new TV for a Zelda game. I guess I can use it to watch Netflix and sports.

  • betme

    YAWN. That tech demo looks like garbage. That doesnt even look like Zelda it just looks like a cheesy commercial made by a non-nintendo company. Nintendo will NEVER make a zelda that looks like that. People are going to be severely disappointed when they see what is really coming. It wont be Wind Waker 2 but they will never ever make a zelda that looks this generic and realistic. Theres no soul to it this way. No personality. Its flat looking.

    They will do something graphically intensive but it will not be in the realm of photorealism. Anyone who thinks that hasnt followed nintendo or zelda games very closely. Expect a highly stylized look rather than a realistic one.

    Hey, actually, lets get a bet going on one of these zelda fan sites. Everyone can put in their name and info and then in 5 years when it comes out we can see who really "knows zelda".

    Then lets ban everyone for life who was wrong.

    • Arkamidis89

      Completely Agree with you on that. Nintendo can pull out a nice looking, upscale game every now and then and you'll ALWAYS see the flaws in it. But to be on Parr with, say, the majority of 'realistic' games the PS3 or Xbox 360 slams on the tables… yeah, Nintendo won't do that. They'll be at best 2 steps behind in realism per-say . Don't get me wrong- I really like a lot of the story/gameplays Nintendo give us. But would it KILL them to bring us an astounding realistic game? That's basically the whole reason why I liked Twilight princess so much. *This is my own opinion of course lol*

    • Sanity's_Theif

      Nah, the tech demo looks amazing, Nintendo made it so I'm sure it's not something they wouldn't consider

  • betme

    My guess is that, more importantly than graphics, we will likely see a more advanced map system. Why? Because nintendo seems to look at their hardware then make the game that fits the hardware. Zelda has always had maps that you had to follow. I feel like making the "map" item into something more in depth and explorable is very likely. Imagine a map that gives clues or visual cues as you progress through a dungeon. Imagine a map that you have to touch or look at or hold a certain way to reveal clues as to how to solve puzzles or where to go. I dont think this will be the cornerstone gimmick of the new zelda that comes for wii u, but i dont see why not considering nintendo keeps reiterating the "map on the touchscreen" capability when talking about what is possible for a wii u zelda. Have a living breathing changing interactive map seems like an obvious given.

  • UltimaHedgie

    I would definitely love to see a Zelda game which looks like that tech demo graphically. I'm really psyched for Skyward Sword, but that's mostly for plot purposes and gameplay… I'm still not fond of the graphics, though they're far superior to WW's, admittedly.

  • steffex

    i just hope they won't throw the story away for the graphics =o

  • steffex

    oh and i hope allot they will make really tall buildings with huge windows and stuff like in the demo ^^ i want stuff to look huge in castle town (if there is going to be one of course =P) and i would like to have a huge overworld packed with stories like in skyrim but then not too rpg like =p just .. zelda style little quests that can take long but aren't repetitive and i also want to see little villages like the kokiri forest had but then bigger =o just.. make it like no other zelda before (A) big and alive =D(like twilight princess tried to do but failed a little in my opinion.. huge map without things to do..)

  • Meghan

    When I gazed upon the release for WiiU, I was a bit confused (much like everyone else) because as much as they showed us what you could do with it, and how cool it would appear in your palm, they really didn’t elaborate into it. I was still frankly amazed, though.

    Now, when I saw the short feature of Zelda, I rewinded a good twenty times, until my boyfriend finally complained about breaking the recorder. Oh well. He’ll live. Link had looked stunning in the HD format, and when I saw the IGN cover of the demo I loved the way it modeled a larger, more in-depth DS system.

    But, realistically, such a beautiful game could only just be a twinkle in Miyamoto’s eye right now.

  • yeah I'm pretty sure it's already in the works

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