This is what we’ve been waiting for, a Legend of Zelda game in HD on a next gen console. How could anything possibly go wrong?! Well, I’ll tell you how…by returning to the same art style as Skyward Sword! It’s just a rumor, but what if it’s true?
Wii U Daily has reported that an anonymous Nintendo employee has leaked information about the next installment of The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U. The supposed employee stated, “Nintendo is sticking to the core values of Zelda, while trying to appeal to a wide range of gamers, casual and hardcore. They feel they’ve found the sweet spot with Skyward Sword, and they’re continuing this approach with the Wii U Zelda game.”
How could they? Nintendo finally gets HD capability and the chance to do something phenomenal from a visual standpoint and they waste it? I have nothing against Skyward Sword’s art style/graphics because the game itself is phenomenal, but why not recreate that same great adventure feel in a new skin similar to Twilight Princess?
During E3 2011 a Legend of Zelda tech demo was previewed on the Wii U to demonstrate it’s graphical capabilities. Now, I don’t know if it’s just me, but when that tech demo was aired I think almost everyone was thinking the same thing. Finally, another more realistic Legend of Zelda game to sink our teeth into. I love what Miyamoto has done with Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, but there are a lot of Legend of Zelda fans who want to experience a game along the lines of Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess, but on a grander scale with the added capabilities of the Wii U.
I’m not doubting that the next Legend of Zelda game will be a monumental success, but if the rumor is true I have to ask “why?” For such a progressive game franchise it seems as though the developers of the game are thinking more about the audience they are catering to. By overlaying an art style like Skyward Swords it creates a more childish feel, which means that parents will end up buying it for their children. Now, this doesn’t mean that I think Skyward Sword is childish, but it may be the reason that Nintendo decides to stick with a similar style. Twilight Princess was clearly a dark game both visually and from a story standpoint. So, maybe only the more hardcore gamers decided to purchase the game. Could it be about the sales? I’d like to think not, but it’s a possibility.
Whether or not Nintendo does follow a similar Skyward Sword format or not is completely up in the air, but I’m really hoping that they don’t for a few reasons. First of all, I’m a huge fan of the Twilight Princess art style. I love the idea of pushing the limits of Legend of Zelda to the point of realism. Second, a realistic Legend of Zelda game in HD would look and feel incredible. The tech demo says it all. If that was their idea of a joke by getting everyone excited like that, then they should go jump into Death Mountain. Finally, it’s time for Nintendo to cater to the needs of true gamers, not little kids. It’s time for a change and I hope they make the right decisions regarding the next installment of The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U.
-Ocarina of Time Nerd
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