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Wii U’s Zelda: Different From What We Thought?

In a recent interview with Wired, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma tells gamers that the Wii U’s version of Zelda might end up looking very different from what we saw at E3 this year. The HD version of Link that was battling the giant spider in the final portion of the Wii U demo video that seemed to borrow heavily from the style fans saw in Twilight Princess might turn out to be a colorful cartoon. Eiji goes on to reassure gamers by reminding us that there was a similar case with Wind Waker’s graphics, which had originally been thought to be more realistic before it was announced. Because in spite of its initial criticisms, Wind Waker rose to exceed the expectations of countless fans once they were able to play the game for themselves.

I suppose this was to be expected. After all, Nintendo claims to be the innovator of the gaming industry, and giving us what we enjoyed from the E3 demo just wouldn’t be shocking enough. I think most Zelda fans have learn not to have their expectations set in stone by this point, so this might not come as much of a shock to some of you. However, if you’re like me and you preferred Twilight Princess’s darker and more realistic style over Wind Waker’s cartoony, cell-shaded nonsense, then this news might be seem slightly unnerving. That is, considering you were intent on buying a Wii U in the first place, which I myself am still undecided about. At this point, there are simply too many unknowns.

I hope they don't stray too far...

So once again, sorry Zelda and Wii U fans, but it seems like practically all of the game footage we saw during the E3 demo was either rendered on other systems or simply concept images. There is still hope for the Wii U’s version of Zelda, but its face is once again hidden behind the shadow of early development. For now, all we can do is wait and speculate. I love the Zelda games and truly hope Nintendo doesn’t let us down. I understand the need for change and new appearances, but things like Skyward Sword’s bright Disney Land colors seem like a step in the wrong direction. Maybe kids like it… Whatever your opinion of cel-shaded Link is, you shouldn’t fall too in love with what you saw at E3, because you might not get it.

Only one controller?

Source: GameTab

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  • Awesomedude0104

    It’s Wind Waker, not Wind Walker

  • Nelrockz

    This guy doesn’t know what he is talking about…
    The tech demo in E3 was rendered on the Wii U console not on any other systems, have you read the news lately? One of the Wii U’s creators personally said that that style of rendering could not be simulated on any other console. Please think and research before you write.

  • MasterFartBlaster

    R-tarded.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been playing Zelda games for a long time, and I was really caught off guard by Windwaker (in a good way). It was very unexpected after the N64 games.

    There’s almost a retro-feel to the cartoon versionc but I enjoyed Windwaker, it’s actually one of my favorites. I don’t think I’d be too disappointed with a similarly styled game.

  • yip

    I’m quite the opposite. I thought Twilight Princess was a let down compared to Wind Waker. It had no charm. But a lot of design choices are forced upon designers due to hardware limitations so we will just have to wait and see. With the power of the Wii u however, i believe they could pull off a great realistic zelda, and fill the world with things to do. 

  • yip

    I’m quite the opposite. I thought Twilight Princess was a let down compared to Wind Waker. It had no charm. But a lot of design choices are forced upon designers due to hardware limitations so we will just have to wait and see. With the power of the Wii u however, i believe they could pull off a great realistic zelda, and fill the world with things to do. 

  • Waaaa

    The author clearly has no idea what he’s talking about here. Trash this mess!

  • Dtswift09

    they always change styles. they don’t stick with the same art style with their home consoles 

  • guesting

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  • Link

    What a bad opinion

  • Anonymous

    Adults like Skyward Sword’s art direction just fine.

    20 year old gamer dudes, trying to look mature by demanding their manly games all look like Gears of War.

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