In the most recent edition of “Iwata Asks,” Skyward Sword producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto was initially disappointed with the game’s progress. Aonuma admits that the first time he saw the beginning of the game, “it was no good at all!” He became worried when Miyamoto, who has a reputation for being a stern overseer, would check in on development and ask, “What have you been doing all this time?!” Despite Aonuma’s position as head of the series since 1998, Miyamoto was not afraid to override his decisions. According to Aonuma, “Miyamoto-san did correct a bunch of stuff I did – like, ‘Aonuma-san, you’ve put in too much text!'” Fortunately, the game soon shaped up once the beginning characters were fleshed out and the story direction became more focused.
This revelation, while revealing Skyward Sword’s rocky start, is, in a way, comforting. Many people are currently claiming that Miyamoto is holding the Zelda series back. Knowing that he saved Skyward Sword in its early development, a game largely being praised as an innovator within the series, both in terms of motion gameplay and an emotive story, confirms that he still plays and active and important role within the Zelda universe. The full interview, which is relatively light on Skyward Sword spoilers, can be found here.