In an interview with Nintendo Life, Eija Aonuma has stated that the visual style of the next Zelda instalment on Wii U will be neither realistic nor cartoony. He says that the game’s graphics will be “something new”, possibly suggesting an art style that we haven’t seen before in a Zelda game.
“The thing about Zelda is we want everything to be unique, whether it’s the graphical presentation or the gameplay,” he said. “It has to be something you can’t see anywhere else. We wouldn’t want it to be ultra-realistic because you can see that elsewhere. But I can’t say that it’s going to be cartoony-realistic, the fantastic presentation that we’ve already done in the past [with Wind Waker].
“It will be something new.”