View Full Version : Miyamoto Says New Zelda for Wii Progressing

07-15-2008, 11:28 PM
E3 2008: Miyamoto Says New Zelda for Wii Progressing
Zelda Wii team exploring big and unique ideas.
by Matt Casamassina

July 15, 2008 - No big surprise. At E3 2008, Nintendo confirmed (very vaguely) that the Mario and Zelda teams had reassembled, but offered no further details. But when we sat down with Shigeru Miyamoto this week, he elaborated on situation, absolutely confirmed that a new Wii Zelda is underway, and suggested that it will see some fundamental changes.

"The Zelda team in particular always works on Zelda titles. The core members of the Zelda team have for a very long time now been focused on Zelda games, and continue to focus on Zelda games, so they are hard at work and working away," Miyamoto said. "And then, of course, we have the DS Zelda team as well, so even there we're having some switching of people in and out where the DS team is mixing in with the Wii team and working on the Wii version."

At GDC 2007, Eiji Aonuma gave a presentation on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. At that time, he showed a brief snippet of an experimentation the Zelda team conducted -- it was Twilight Princess running in the first-person view. We asked Miyamoto if such a fundamental change could await players of Wii's next Zelda adventure.

"I don't necessarily think it will change that drastically, but I think that Zelda is a franchise that does need some big new unique ideas," he said. "And so the team right now is very focused on trying to find those ideas."


It sounds like this new Zelda for Wii may not be released until fall 2010, two and a half years from now. It really doesn't sound like it'll be ready even by fall 2009.

GCN Twilight Princess was first revealed in May 2004 at that years E3, but wasn't out until Nov & Dec 2006 on Wii & GCN respectively.

Nintendo didn't even show a trailer of the new Wii Zelda at this E3 conference, so, it might be at least as far from release now as TP was at E3 04, 2.5 years.

That's okay, Nintendo EAD needs to take its time with the next one.

07-15-2008, 11:41 PM
Sounds like it'll be the Wii's "Majora's Mask" in that it will come late into the system's life cycle, and have some new and interesting game mechanic.

07-16-2008, 12:03 PM
That's okay, Nintendo EAD needs to take its time with the next one.

Agreed. Twilight Princess was pretty much the perfect Zelda game...except it never shook that "more of the same" feeling for me. I'm sure most people feel the same way. It'll be interesting to see what Nintendo comes up with.

07-18-2008, 08:07 AM
Steampunk Zelda, here we come.

07-19-2008, 05:12 PM
Well, I'll probably buy a Wii if there's a new Zelda game coming out. :-D

07-22-2008, 04:48 AM
Okay, I'm really excited now. I agree that they need to take their time with this one.