In a recent interview with Game Informer, Eiji Aonuma sat down and spoke on the latest Zelda release for the Nintendo 3DS, Majora’s Mask 3D. Over the past week, we’ve been given various excerpts from the interview, with some interesting responses from the Zelda developer. When asked about his approach to making changes in the 3DS version, Aonuma replied, “Looking at the original version now, you can really see the places where the player would have slowed down. When they approach a new area, if they can’t quite figure [it] out, they’re going to wander around outside and have a lot of downtime rather than getting to the content that you want them to play.”
“Playing [A Link to the Past] really made me realize there were lots of different sorts of feelings you could convey in a game…”
Game Informer also had the chance to ask about Mr. Aonuma himself, and what inspired him to get into making Zelda games: “I eventually reached the point where I wanted to make my own game. This was around the time A Link to the Past had come out. Playing that game really made me realize there were lots of different sorts of feelings you could convey in a game; it opened up some new horizons.”
Finally, Game Informer attempted to settle the “Five Stages of Grief” theory regarding Majora’s Mask 3D: “It’s certainly true that each one of these different episodes you talked about has a different emotional cast to it. One feels like it’s tinged with sadness, and another with anger – that certainly was intentional. But, I also want to point out that it’s not that each one of these episodes only has the one emotion that they are conveying. There are certainly other notes that we’re trying to hit as well, and the reason we did this is always to allow the player to experience that emotion – to give them a chance to hook into the emotional tone of this scene and react to it and feel like they want to accomplish something in the game as a result.”
There’s a lot more to the interview excerpts we’ve been given thus far, so I highly recommend checking them out.