E3 is over, but the Zelda reveals keep as Aonuma keeps on talking, which means it’s time for another “Aonuma Says,” the series that is all about the things Aonuma (and others) say pertaining to the Legend of Zelda series, Breath of the Wild and even the NX.
In the previous instalment, we learned how Aonuma strived to make the Breath of the Wild Link to appear more feminine, as a means of making him more gender neutral, but today it’s about how Breath of the Wild could actually turn out be a one-off!
While the likes of E3 was ongoing and Nintendo were getting on down with Day 2 of their massive showing, Aonuma found himself talking to Polygon and as that conversation went, naturally it landed on the size and variety shown in the demo and Aonuma responded thusly:
“For this game, if 100 players play this game, there will be 100 options and 100 game experiences.
I wanted to create an environment where if the user played it today and then played it again tomorrow, they would have a different experience
Like you’ve seen in Tri Force Heroes, I create a lot of different types of Zelda games,” he said. “I definitely do think about creating another title just like Breath of the Wild. But I also enjoy creating different type of Zelda games.”
I know a lot of people might be cheering right now about the fact that we might never see another Tri Force Heroes game again, but it was good in its own way and fairly original to be fair. Although it would be interesting to see Nintendo make another Zelda title like Breath of the Wild, especially since it would mean them trying to better the large world of BotW, which even then is hardly nothing to the full scope, but we’ve got to wait until next year for Breath to come out and although it may take us 5 years to complete, I don’t think we’re in a hurry for another Zelda game of this scale to take that long.
Now, I could just end it here, but since Scott Moffit (Nintendo of America’s executive vice-president of sales,) has taken the time to speak to Financial Post regarding the NX, covering third-party developers, and why people should still buy a Wii U if they haven’t yet. Here are some highlights:
Moffit on content:
“First, it’s really important to have the right content. Software drives hardware. We’ve proven that multiple times. The right game can really lift a system. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being among the titles we’re working on for NX, we’re very excited it will be an immediate reason game fans will want to buy the hardware.
Second, it’s important to have clear positioning for your proposition and be able to explain it to consumers in a simple and easy way. Those are among the things that we are working on for NX. Third, we need to showcase all the things that make Nintendo great. When we bring out a title it has to be of exceptional quality, it has to be fun, it has to be an immersive experience, and put a smile on families’ faces. As long as we stay true to those things, we’ll deliver what we want.
And certainly there are other factors, like third-party content. Our mission is to create the largest install base possible so that third-party developers will want to bring their content to our systems.”
Moffit on hardware:
“There’s a tendency for people to focus on certain publishers or certain titles. But when you step back and take a look at it, we have great publisher relationships with companies like Ubisoft – which had some exciting announcements this week – Capcom, and Warner Bros. They have been strong and will continue to be strong partners in the future.
Having said that, what will attract even more partners to our platform — which, of course, is something we’d like to do — is having a piece of hardware that provides interesting ways for these companies to bring their game creations to life, one that’s easy to program and work on, and that has a large enough install base of game fans that are looking for a variety of content.
So, for an avid gamer a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of those that you can’t not play. It’s a new high point for the franchise that offers gamers incredible freedom. Your gaming arsenal will not be complete without a Nintendo system and this game in your house.”
Moffit on why to grab a Wii U:
“We’ve announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be coming out on both Wii U and the NX. Released at the same time for both. But it’s not the only game we’re working on and have in development for Wii U. This week we’re showing Paper Mario: Color Splash, a fantastic new game in the Paper Mario series. We’re also showing Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and we have content coming from Ubisoft and others. And the library of games on Wii U for fans who haven’t played them all has never been more affordable thanks to the Nintendo Select line of games priced at $19.99, which continues to grow. There’s certainly plenty of content for existing Wii U owners, but there’s plenty of reasons for people who’ve never owned the console to grab one now while they last. We will be transitioning production to NX, so our message to fans is to grab a Wii U while you can, because they won’t be around forever.”
Now at this stage we would like to point out that what we covered here with, only covers half of what he had to say regarding his talk with Financial Post, so for the whole thing, which includes talking about amiibo and more, be sure to click right here.
We have now come to the end of today’s instalment, but as soon as Aonuma and those he works with, have anything more to say about Zelda, Breath of the Wild and the NX, we’ll be back with the next edition to write about it!
Aonuma Says, Eiji Aonuma, Nintendo NX, Scott Moffit, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
This post was written by Jack Longman