Everybody knows by now that I’m a huge Zelda fan. I’ve owned and beaten all of them excluding the CDi games, Phil claims that feat. There’s a lot of speculation floating around of what the next Zelda game should be, look like, sound like, taste like. Here’s what I’d like to see Nintendo do with the Zelda series.
The Zelda blueprint has been followed a little too closely over the years by Nintendo, rarely trying anything too drastically different. There’s nothing wrong with the formula, it’s worked for years and the bulk of it should continue to be used. I also understand the conservative thinking of it all, Nintendo is making a lot of money off the Zelda franchise and each game has played exceptionally well. But, it’s been awhile since a Zelda game has given me the feeling that Ocarina of Time did; Nintendo owes it to their fans to give us something new.
Windwaker made a bold move with their graphic style and sailing system, I applaud them for that, but I’m calling for even more deviation .They need to stray from some elements and experiment a bit while still making the game feel like Zelda. The best example of this is the prime series. From just looking at the game’s first person view you wouldn’t know its Metroid immediately. Once you dive into the game though, you feel the solidarity of the original and Super Metroid. Retro Studios successfully made a free roaming first person adventure that felt like Metroid. It’s rumored that Nintendo at a conference had members of the gaming media test out Twilight Princess from a first person perspective…interesting. The prospect of a first person Zelda excites me. Getting to experience Hyrule through the hero of time’s eyes sounds great, more importantly, different. When Nintendo introduced the Wii the first idea that popped into my head was 1:1 swordplay in Zelda. It’s a natural fit.
Introducing several new items into the series can also help freshen things up. There has been new items always introduced in each game, but the applications for these items are recycled too often. Finding new innovative ways to solve puzzles are important to the series. With the Wii mote and Wii motion plus there’s really no excuses.
What we know so far about the upcoming Zelda:
-It’s exclusive to the Wii and is being developed exclusively for the Wii, unlike Twilight Princess. This should mean the most impressive looking Zelda yet.
-Shigeru Miyamoto has made several hints at one-to-one sword play. During a private meeting at E3 2007 he said he’d like to see an entirely new control scheme and referenced the first person sword combat. At last years E3 2009, he said he wanted people to envision them self playing Zelda game when playing the Wii Sports Resort Swordplay mini game.
-Also revealed by Miyamoto was concept art of a sword less right handed Link and a female figure standing back to back with him (figure 1). Miyamoto emphasized that Link had know sword, leading me and many other to believe that the girl will in fact act as the sword. The girl strongly resembles that of the Fairy Queen (figure 2) and even the Master Sword (figure 3).