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E3 2012: Zelda for Wii U in R&D stage

Ben Parfitt
E3 2012: Zelda for Wii U in R&D stage

A Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda is currently in the research and development phase at Nintendo.

“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, 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,” Shigeru Miyamoto told Entertainment Weekly.

“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.”

So early is the work, in fact, that Nintendo is still pondering what approach to take toward the game and exactly what audience it should be pitching at.

“Obviously when you look at that, you do get a positive reaction to how 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,” he added.

“But 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.

“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.”

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