During Nintendo's E3 conference this year, the game that was probably on everyone's mind was a more completed version of the Zelda "HD Experience" tech demo they displayed at E3 last year. But to everyone's dismay, that didn't happen. There wasn't even a mention of it anywhere, and that was likely the cause for gamers everywhere claiming that Nintendo had lost this year's E3.
So just where had Link run off to? Entertainment Weekly wondered the same thing, and when they went to Nintendo for answers, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that it was still in its research and development stage.
"With the last game, Skyward Sword, that was a game where you had motion control to use your weapons and a lot of different items," said Mr. Miyamoto. "And I thought that was a lot of fun, but there were some people who weren’t able to do that or didn’t like it as much and stopped playing partway through it. So we’re in the phase where we’re looking back at what’s worked very well and what has been missing and how can we evolve it further." He went on to say that "simply having the HD visuals in a Zelda game can really make the game look wonderful and give it sort of a high-quality feel."
Miyamoto then gave his thoughts on the potential of opening up the Zelda franchise to a wider audience:
"One thing that’s interesting is we’re seeing how the way that tastes are broadening in video games, and you have some people who prefer more casual experiences, and you have some people who prefer sort of those more in-depth experiences," said the hero of time's creator. "Obviously, as a company that’s been making games for a very long time, we tend to be more on the deeper, longer game side of things. But really what we continue to ask ourselves as we have over the years is, 'What is the most important element of Zelda if we were to try to make a Zelda game that a lot of people can play?' So we have a number of different experiments going on, and [when] we decide that we’ve found the right one of those to really help bring Zelda to a very big audience, then we’ll be happy to announce it."
Will Nintendo reveal the new Zelda at next year's E3? Hopefully. But as long as it's eventually good, let's just shut up and wait...
Were you disappointed by the lack of Zelda at this year's E3? How badly do you want to see it?
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E3 2012: Shigeru Miyamoto Talks About the Wii U Zelda
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