These are three of the possible future Legend of Zelda games to be worked on, at least according to Shigeru Miyamoto. He has stated that they have not quite decided which Zelda game to do next but hints at either a sequel to “A Link to the Past”, a remake of “A Link to the Past” or even a remake of “Majora’s Mask”. An IGN rep recently conducted an interview with Miyamoto at E3 and here’s what the man behind Zelda had to say…
“We haven’t quite decided yet, whether we’re going to do A Link to the Past, because there’s also the possibility of doing a remake of Majora’s Mask,” Miyamoto told me in an interview at E3 last week. “This is something we’ve certainly been talking about and doing a little bit of experimenting with, to figure out which way we’re going to go.”
“We have so many goals right now,” Miyamoto said. “We’re always looking at expanding our audience and giving people the opportunity to get their hands on 3DS and see what kind of fun gaming experiences they can have. And now, we’re also tasked with pushing the Wii U. So we have lots of good opportunities in terms of thinking about which Zelda game is going to be best for which purpose.”
Miyamoto also noted that he could not announce anything at the time and Zelda fans would have to wait a little while longer before any official news.
Over the past ten years, the Legend of Zelda series has had partnerships with a few outside companies to help to help with the development of a few titles. Grezzo has recently worked on Ocarina of Time 3D. Capcom helped with the development of Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Four Swords and The Minish Cap. We also got word that the developer of Xenoblade Chronicles helped with Skyward Sword’s graphics.
There has been speculation that Retro Studios may very well be the next company to work on a Zelda title from recent developer quotes and rumors. And now, IGN had the chance to speak with Eiji Aonuma on the topic of outside developers working with Nintendo for the Legend of Zelda series. Read below for the exact quote.
“Nintendo’s developers will continue to work on a number of different titles, and I think that we will have to rely on outside companies for graphics and other elements that require massive resources,” Aonuma said, specifically addressing the idea of future partnerships. “I’m satisfied when the cooperation between Nintendo and other companies becomes something meaningful for both parties.”
Although he isn’t exact on which companies would be participating, he is however confirming outside developers will have a part in future games. Stay tuned as there is more from this interview to come.
Not that we thought for a second that there wouldn’t be any future Zelda titles, but Aonuma has confirmed via a swapnote to Nintendo 3DS owners yesterday that new Legend of Zelda games are on the way. Here is an exact quote from the man himself.
“Did you enjoy The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D? Thanks to everyone, the Legend of Zelda series had a very Happy 25th anniversary. I hope you’re looking forward to new Legend of Zelda games.”
The image below was also provided, check that out now.
A recent job opening at Retro Studios has created a lot of speculation that they are looking for graphic artists and translators to help bring the next Legend of Zelda title to life. Whether it is true or not, it is highly possible that Retro may very well help produce Zelda Wii U, especially considering they are looking for people to help communicate directly with Nintendo of Japan suggesting they will be working on a major title for Nintendo.
Some also speculate that it could be a Skyward Sword sequel or have the same style as that game since they are looking for people to create high quality hand painted 2d texture maps.
To bring more light into this discussion, Miyamoto himself has stated not too long ago that Retro Studios might work on Zelda Wii U.
“As you know, we have already collaborated with Retro Studios for the Metroid Prime series in the past. And I think when we talk about any other franchise, Zelda might be a possible franchise for that collaboration.” -Shigeru Miyamoto
But remember that this team they are looking for could be of use for any Nintendo game, it may not be Zelda at all…only time will tell. However, if you would like to check out the job description and requirements for yourself, then continue reading below.
• Modeling high quality 3D geometry for game environments
• Creating high quality hand painted 2D texture maps
• Using advanced material and shader setups
• Being versatile to different styles
• Collaborating closely with team members and other departments
• Complete assignments that require independent judgment and creative input while staying true to overall art direction and theme as defined by Art Director
• Taking daily direction from the Art Director and Environment Art Lead
• Working knowledge of modeling and texturing software – Maya, PhotoShop, Painter
• Environment artist with 1-3 years in the games industry
• Environment artist credit on at least one shipped title
• Good communicator, self-motivated, driven to create top quality visuals
• Portfolio (website link) of recent high-quality, divers environment art work
• Passionate about video games
• Working knowledge of high detailed modeling software – Mudbox, Zbrush
• Undergraduate degree in art related subject or completion of an intensive art training program or equivalent
At least according to this Swedish online retailer that has listed said game. It was reported some time back that there would be a Paper Zelda version of A Link to the Past, but the only source was from a random user sending in an anonymous tip. Could this new listing be of any significance? Probably not as if a true Legend of Zelda Paper was officially announced, we would all have heard it from Nintendo and not some random foreign online retail website. Nonetheless, they are listing this game to be released on the upcoming Nintendo console, the Wii U.
Fan Concept for Paper Zelda on the DS
Fan Concept of Paper Zelda for the N64
Discuss your thoughts on the matter and as always take this only as a rumor for the time being.
In an interview with Kotaku, Miyamoto discusses the Nintendo Wii U console and the next Zelda title that will be in HD and designed for the new upcoming system. He mentions how the player will have in-depth experiences with the game and some possible new play features. Check out the interview below.
“This is an HD system, our first HD system, and we want to create a real HD Zelda game for it,” he said. “You will see a lot of these in-depth and deep experiences in terms of visual style. You will also see some play styles that are fun and interesting because of the play structure.”
While the system is rumored to be at least as powerful as rivals Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, that doesn’t mean that every game that comes to it will be an HD game.
“We are not planning on putting any restrictions in terms of requiring developers to leverage HD in a particular ways,” Miyamoto said. “Even if you are using a simplier visual style it will still look very beautiful.”
Eiji Aonuma discusses the Zelda HD tech demo that was shown off at E3 2011 and mentions it is nothing more than a demo to show off the Nintendo Wii U and that they have no current plans for a realistic type Zelda game in the near future. He says no decisions have been made for Zelda on this new Nintendo console, but mentions when the time comes the next Zelda title could have realistic graphics. Check out the interview here.
IGN has posted a new video that is a hand’s on experience of the new Nintendo Wii U with the very short playable Legend of Zelda Wii U tech demo. It shows off the option to switch between night and day mode and also more of the demo itself that wasn’t seen in the previous video. Check it out here!
With Nintendo announcing their new Nintendo console, the WiiU, they have also revealed a new HD Legend of Zelda game by showing off a quick teaser clip of gameplay footage. You can check out that clip here! But by the looks of it, it seems to just be a tech demo showing off a HD version of Twilight Princess. You can check out a couple high quality screenshots below the trailer.
Thanks to Zelda Informer for the heads up on this new entry. Anyways it would appear several rumors are floating around that originated from a recent Eiji Aonuma interview with Famitsu. The first one being that sometime during E3 2011 (which is under a week away) Nintendo will reveal what they have in store for the Legend of Zelda series 25th anniversary. The second one being they will actually reveal an unannounced new Zelda title during the conference. View below for quotes from various sources.
When we learned that Eiji Aonuma would participate in a TV show, we asked him to follow to learn more about the development of 3D Ocarina of Time , and possibly one or two glean information about the franchise which will be celebrated this year on 25 th anniversary.
The least we can say is that we were not disappointed! Indeed, Eiji Aonuma has announced no less, tells us Nicolas in his transcript, a new Zelda game, presented at the 25th anniversary of the franchise! To help you discover the contents of the intervention of Eiji Aonuma about to Ocarina of Time 3D , we suggest you discover the transcript of Nicolas below.
The information remains the main presentation, next week, a Zelda birthday, the 25th anniversary of the franchise. We do not know if it’s a remake or compilation, is still it that this anniversary edition, highly anticipated by fans, we will be presented in detail next week during E3.
During Satoru Iwata’s GDC speech back in March, Nintendo’s president teased news regarding Zelda’s 25th anniversary. Unfortunately, Iwata only said that Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on a plan to allow all lovers of the franchise to celebrate together.
That was quite a mysterious statement, and fans have been left wondering what it could mean. Thankfully they won’t have to wait much longer to find out what Nintendo has up their sleeves.
Famitsu held a live-stream of a Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D preview with Eiji Aonuma earlier today. Although most of the time was spent previewing the upcoming 3DS title, Aonuma apparently said that anniversary plans for Zelda will be shared at E3. I missed most of the event and I don’t speak Japanese, so I can’t confirm the rumor. But it would most definitely make sense to feature the news at E3, especially if it’s a new game.
Of course only we will have to wait until E3 2011 (which as stated before isn’t but less than a week away) to find out exactly what Nintendo has in store.
A user from NeoGaf forums has claimed they got some inside info on a list of launch titles for the upcoming new Nintendo console, Project Cafe. On that list is a game called Legend of Paper Zelda with a release date of mid 2012. Take this as only a rumor for the time being as it is an anonymous source and has no official source. You can view the entire list below. But what do you guys think, would you like to see a Paper Zelda similar to the Paper Mario games? Discuss in the comments.
Extreme Sports Cafe (“New” IP, Combines 1080 and Wave Race + Other Sports)
Pikmin Cafe (Interfaces with Pikmin 3DS)
Endless Ocean Cafe
Nintendogs Cafe Kennel (Interfaces with Nintendogs + Cats)
Mii Explore (New IP, Multiplayer Adventure Game)
Super Mario Cafe (Late 2012/Early 2013, Paradigm Shift ala SM64)
Legend of Paper Zelda (Mid 2012, Paper Mario version of SNES Zelda)
Fire Emblem Cafe (Late 2012)
Retro Studios IP (Late 2012, New IP)
Project Sora IP (New IP)
Monolith Soft RPG (New IP)
Miyamoto Game (New IP)
Battlefield 3 (Extra Content)
Street Fighter X Tekken (Timed Exclusive)
Super Monkey Ball Cafe
Tony Hawk Cafe
Ridge Racer Cafe
Mass Effect 3 (Possibly with ME 1 + 2?)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Metal Gear Solid: Rising (Extra Content)
Silent Hill: Downpour (Extra Content)
PES 2013 Cafe (Timed Exclusive)
Trauma Center Cafe
Modern Warfare 3
Grand Theft Auto V (Launch?, Timed Exclusive)
Dead Space Spin Off
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Cafe
Soul Caliber V (Extra Content)
Sonic Cafe (Sonic Generations?)
Platinum Games IP (Bayonetta 2?)
Phantasty Star Online 2 (Late 2012?)
SEGA Game (???)
The Amazing Spider-Man: The Game
Rockstar Game (New IP?)
BioShock Infinite (Timed Exclusive)
Red Steel III
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Madden 2013 (Timed Exclusive)
Tiger Woods 13
Fight Night Cafe
Need for Speed Cafe
Level-5 Game (New IP)
Kingdom Hearts Cafe (Possibly KH3)
Square Enix Game (New IP)
Square Enix Game (???)
Grasshopper Game (New IP or No More Heroes 3)
Valve Game (Possibly a collection set + new game?)
Epic Games (New IP, Bulletstorm 2 or New Gears of War Trilogy exclusive to Cafe)
Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned in a recent interview with Edge that he would like to see A Link to the Past remade onto the Nintendo 3DS. Read what he had to say here!
With an Ocarina Of Time remake on the way in June, Miyamoto says the one game he would most like to see remade for 3DS would be another Zelda classic. “I think A Link To The Past,” he says. “Do you remember Xevious? It’s two-layered and I really wanted to create that at the time. So to see Link To The Past in two layers would be quite attractive for me.”
Although I would have preferred this game get made into a 3D environment and released on a console, but the sound of a godly 2D Zelda title would be amazing. Your thoughts?