Nintendo recently featured an interview with Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series, in their new Japanese web magazine, Nintendo News. Aonuma discussed the key aspects of the Zelda series and even delved into what he likes best when he gets time to sit down and play the games he helps create.
So what does Aonuma enjoy most about The Legend of Zelda? Combat with tough foes? Solving puzzles? Experiencing the story? According to a translation from Nintendo Everything, Aonuma’s favorite thing is actually finding treasure.
“My son is in elementary school, and he asked, ‘What is so fun about Zelda anyway?’ I tell him, ‘Finding treasure is the most fun!’ Even if it is only one Rupee inside the treasure chest, I think,” Aonuma said. “Whenever you find a treasure chest, there is always a ‘Yes! I found it!’-sense of accomplishment, and when you open it, it is just so fun to hear. To discover a new item, I think I find pleasure in both the surprise and the opening.”
Finding treasure is the most fun! Even if it is only one Rupee inside the treasure chest.
Finding treasure isn’t the only thing fun in a Zelda game, Aonuma admits. He says puzzle solving is one of the most important and interesting elements to the series. Here is Nintendo Everything’s translation of Aonuma’s comments:
“It is said that one of the interesting things about Zelda is the ‘nazotoki’ [nazotoki literally means “solving a puzzle or riddle”]. Whenever I think ‘solving a puzzle’, I just want it to not be too difficult or overly complicated. It would be better to use a ‘gimmick’ or ‘trick’. That might be better. Various gimmicks are hiding in the world of Link’s adventures, so getting to discover it yourself and thinking about things such as ‘Can I use this?’ or ‘I wonder if this can be used,’ and you also think when you see a certain reaction in the world. We love this kind of continuous discovery, and we find it very fun.”
So there you have it. Aonuma’s idea of how puzzle solving works in Zelda games certainly seems accurate. It will be interesting to see how discovering treasure and puzzle solutions will evolve with the upcoming entry on the Wii U.