Eiji Aonuma

There are a few more interesting tidbits from the Eiji Aonuma’s EDGE interview we mentioned yesterday, wherein he confirmed that A Link to the Past 2 will run at 60 fps. The Zelda director also teases “a big surprise” for players.

The boss man has also expressed his desire to work on non-Zelda titles before his retirement. Read on to see what he has to say!

“This new title will feature lots of things that are new to the series; right at the start of the game, there’s a big surprise that will shock players. We started out with the new play mechanics, such as Link being able to become a painting and walk along the walls, and then figured out from there how to build a story around them. Rather than forcing elements of the original story into this one, we’ve instead focused on bringing back the characters, so you can see what happened to them after the events of the first game.”

He also confirmed that the 3DS’ gyro control will not feature in the game, as this would destabilise the 3D effect. It has already been confirmed that the game will feature a Dark World like its predecessor, though interestingly Aonuma added that “Link’s ability to become a painting will be related to that.” What could this mean? Maybe we’ll find out next week at E3.

He also went on to discuss his development plans before he retires from his position at Nintendo. It seems he plans to retire when he reaches 60 years of age, giving him just ten more years to continue making games.

“I’m 50 now, so I only have about ten more years to make games at Nintendo. I want to try all sorts of new things before it’s too late – I don’t want to get to the end of my career and only have worked on Zelda. But every time I come up with some good new ideas, they end up being used in a Zelda game! I need a six-month break to get away from the Zelda cycle and focus on something new [laughs]. But I’d probably end up making a game that’s similar to Zelda; after all, A Link To The Past was my biggest influence.”

Source: EDGE
  • Top Commenter

    Reece one day we will do battle…

  • dierooie

    I seriously hopethat his ‘big surprise’ will be: the legend of zelda majoras mask for the wiiu

    • Soeroah

      I'm not sure how a Majora's Mask Wii U remake would be a feature of ALTTP 2, though. Sounds more like a story hook unlike the usual Zelda formula.

      Course, him saying 'big surprise' now means people will think about it, meaning people will make accurate guesses, meaning it won't be a surprise.

  • Oni Link 303

    "we’ve instead focused on bringing back the characters, so you can see what happened to them after the events of the first game.”

    ^^^ I expect to see the King of Hyrule

    • Mahboi

      I for one expect to see Link. Anyone else agree?

  • RPH1

    "a big surprise that will shock players."
    That means I will have to worry about spoilers before I solve it.

    I was playing Key Cavern in Link's Awakening and wanted to see where the beakless owls were. I went to ZeldaWiki.org because they have them for each level in each game. Then I realized it was nearly 7pm Central and wikipedia would soon change to tomorrow and I would miss today's On This Day, Featured Article, and Featured Picture, if I didn't get over there quickly. So what do I see when I get there? Today's Featured Article is "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening"!

    I also found out that I can't post on here with my 3DS, but can on my Wii.

  • sanguiluna

    Maybe they'll start the game with a prologue cutscene showing OoT Link getting killed, Ganondorf using the Triforce and the Sages sealing him in the Sacred Realm as it transforms into the Dark World. We'll finally be able to see the creation of the DT onscreen.

    • shanparn37

      I hope to all hell that's what happens. After reading about that particular timeline, I couldn't help but feel like it was a retcon ass copout. But, if they actually take in game time to illustrate that possibility, it will make me feel a LOT better about it.

    • Soap

      That won't work. That's too blunt and not their style to try retrofit a game to adhere to a past game's storyline (or a nonexistent storyline in this case). A more interesting solution would be to introduce more of Link's family who then shed more light on the Knights of Hyrule and the DT events.

  • Josh

    Maybe we will be able to play the dungeons in any order..? Yep yep.. Awesome either way

  • And so… Zelda is gone for 10 years. I will miss it and miss running this business. Goodbye Legend of Zelda.

    • Zach

      he didn't say he was done making titles he said he wanted to work outside of zelda before his retirement theres still legend of zelda U to come out and possibly more, He never stated when he was going to retire.

    • Even without him, Zelda will continue.

  • Trisepta

    My guess is that it will be a surprise in the story. Here is my theory:
    ALttP is the start of a new timeline. That whole timeline takes place because Link was unable to defeat Ganon in OoT.
    So what if Link was unable to defeat Ganon in ALttP? It would create a new timeline where the Dark World still exists since Link was unable to restore The Sacred Realm.
    I believe that this game will take place in that new timeline and that is what the surprise will be.

    • I really don't think that will happen.

      And if they did create a new timeline, we wouldn't find out until they publish another book…