The legend of Zelda is arguably one of Nintendo’s biggest titles. The enduring magical fantasy world of Link and pals was the staple diet of a generation of gamers, with titles on Nintendo 64 and Gamecube often the subjects of nostalgic conversations amongst true 90’s kids.
Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask and The Wind Waker may have had a huge impact on Nintendo as well as the Zelda series, but now in these recent troubling times for Nintendo, it may well be that the next Zelda outing will come a bit later than planned.
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Speculation over a 2015 release on the newer Wii U console for a next generation Zelda title was confirmed by Nintendo months ago, but the company’s recent announcement of the upcoming Nintendo NX console may have caused this release to fall behind. The NX is hoped to be a more back to basic approach to Nintendo hardware, coupled with some of the more diverse features found in the Wii range.
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said that “our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make The Legend of Zelda for Wii U into a game that will reward you for your patience, so thank you for your continued support.” Check the video above for a more complete explanation of why your next hit of Hyrule magic will be arriving late from Mr. Aonuma himself.
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There’s going to be a whole lot more in the new title than some fancy sword combos and new items – the experience demoed at the Game Awards demo in December 2014 we saw some details of the game’s open world. Similarily to the open overworlds found in all Zelda titles, the game’s environment is diverse and much more easy to navigate, hopefully also losing loading screens and area transitions too.
Whatever happens, the next Zelda will be a masterpiece – Twilight Princess, the first Wii title, was similarly held back due to an excess of perfectionism on the part of the developers. Of course, the game turned out to be one of the most successful Nintendo titles ever. We hope whatever Aonuma and his team comes out with can tap into that perfectionism and exceed both our expectations, and previous games.
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