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Aonuma: Zelda “cannot go back to buttons”

Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma was won over by motion controls during the development of Skyward Sword, the producer recently told Official Nintendo Magazine. Aonuma confesses that during development, he considered ditching the vaunted MotionPlus interface in favor of a traditional approach closer to the series' previous title, GameCube/Wii crossover Twilight Princess. However, motion control won out: “I honestly think we cannot go back to button controls now,” says the producer.

“I think that [motion] controls will be used in future Zelda titles, too,” explains Aonuma. No stranger to pioneering new ways of moving Link around, Aonuma was producer on Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, whose unorthodox Stylus controls had players going from “what is this I don't even” to “why does the DS have a joypad anyway?” in around the time it took to navigate the game's first area. Motion control certainly added to the immersion of Skyward Sword: whatever shape Zelda takes next, expect further surprises to render those Link to the Past muscle-memories all the more obsolete.

50 comments

  • RedOutlive10 - December 14, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    So basically Zelda is now a slave to the waggle fad? Could do without it, there are ways to implement directional melee combat without motion controls, I think having the second analog to do sword moves could be a fun experiment. But hey don't mind me, keep riding the waggle bandwagon.
  • laurenhiya21 - December 13, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Bleh, I don't mind motion controls... just as long as they worked ._. It might be a Wii/Wii Motion Plus thing and not a Skyward Sword thing, but when I played Skyward Sword, sometimes the controls were really unresponsive... I've had to do the calibration thing a ton of times... Then with other Wii games, they either don't have motion controls, or they are very awkward... If someone could make motion controls work, I am all for it Until then, I'll contintue to love my Gamecube controller
  • urworstfight - December 13, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    I also found flying to be a pain as there was really nothing to entertain me as there was just the sky and clouds,a few rings that popped up and not that much islands to explore compared to windwaker and there really is no reward for finding new islands which kinda sucks but overall it's a good game
  • urworstfight - December 13, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    as much as skywards swords campaign was awesome i found that the side quest were individually too short. and as a lefty i found it irritating that there was no left-handed options and I would have to switch from the comfort of the wii remote on my left hand to my right hand so the controller could correctly correspond with my movements. also the stamina meter could have been worked on a little better as I would love to have an improvement system for it.
  • therawski - December 13, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    That flying crap is not Zelda.
  • bruh-man-fifthfloor - December 13, 2011 7:12 a.m.

    I guess I will never play the new zeldas............ I hate motion controls
  • dc1 - December 13, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    I'm with you... although I love the Sony Sharp Shooter.
  • purple_omlet - December 13, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    I wouldn't mind a serious 2D, non cell shaded, handheld game without touch controls and only button controls soon. I can only play Oracle of Seasons so much before I want a new adventure.
  • MonocledYaoGuai - December 13, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    You know what, good. I LOVED the motion controls. If they can replicate/improve the controls for the next Zelda, I would be very happy.
  • stevethetree - December 12, 2011 10 p.m.

    The motion controls took A LOT of getting used to, but once you did, it was really fun and challenging. But I like being lazy too.
  • xarab4lyfex - December 12, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    After playing the around 30 hour campaign (at least for me I did a couple side stuff, but maybe spent only an hour on it) I have to say this is the best Zelda game I've ever played. And i'm 18 so I grew up with Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask and Windwaker (which used to be my favorite). The controls weren't perfect as it would go out of sync quite a few times and I had some problems trying to get the stab to register sometimes, but they were much better than I thought they would be. The graphics were beautiful because not everything needs to be 1080p to look nice (a.k.a okami) you technology whores. The game was actually challenging, which was the BIGGEST problem I had with every zelda game I've ever played. It was just too easy but Skyward Sword actually made me think and I was punished for just slashing my sword everywhere like in the *SPOILER*---- Ghiriam battle.---- *END SPOILER*. The music was beautiful easily beating out most zelda games soundtracks, but still second to windwaker but it's close. To be honest, I tried playing OOT 3D after because I still needed to beat the Spirit temple and I just couldn't go back to mashing B. It was just so boring and easily. And my shield just blocked everything. This zelda game is the first to actually make it seem like a real sword fight which has never been done before. Everything about this game was so perfect and I fell in love with it. 10/10 for me. And if zelda HD is anything like Skyward Sword, then I'm gonna have to get a Wii U. Here's hoping for more motion controls in my zelda games (and Super Mario Sunshine 2 PLOX)
  • xarab4lyfex - December 12, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    And is it also bad that some of these fights had me sweating too lol. Especially the last fight.
  • Blasto - December 12, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Ummm...I really don't get this. Zelda is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, so surely they wouldn't make a WiiU Zelda game that doesn't use the WiiU controller. And only using touch controls wouldn't make any sense.
  • Maggoo - December 12, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    As long as they acknowledge the existence I'm lefties I'm fine with it. The lack of a left handed option makes SS nearly unplayable. Ruins the immersion and makes combat a hassle. Makes me regret buying the game.
  • xarab4lyfex - December 12, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    I do agree there should be a left handed option, but it's strange how people can play the game with the wiimote in their left hand. I'm lefty but I am so used to the analog stick on my right thumb that I could never play it with my left hand. It's a shame though because it is the best zelda game I've ever played and it sucks that it ruined the game for you.
  • Maggoo - December 13, 2011 6:21 a.m.

    Don't worry, I'll trooper on through because I do like everything else about the game, but I hope this doesn't become a trend because it really messes it up. Just leaves me dissatisfied with the games controls which are supposed to be a big part of this one. First boss fight with that guy with the long tongue was extremely awkward, doing everything in reverse ftl.
  • TrAnMu - December 12, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    This is the only legit problem I've read. I never noticed this problem because I am a righty but they can't rightly alienate a group of people in favor of the majority.
  • talleyXIV - December 12, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    I only played Skyward Sword at Wal-Mart for about 5 minutes but I will be getting it soon. Anyway, it was quite amazing. I didn't want to put it down because it was so insanely accurate, but I had to because it was Black friday and I was looking like a weirdo playing a game in the middle of a crowd of people. I can't imagine gaming in ten years, where it will be. Are controllers going to live on or are these sensors going to win? Very weird to think about.
  • grappler51 - December 12, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    I'm ~5 hours into Skyward Sword and loving it so far. I can see why some people wouldn't like the motion controls, but after getting used to them I like it a lot. You really don't have to do a very big movement for the swing to register, and having to aim your sword gives a lot more depth to the combat, instead of just mindlessly slashing like in Twilight Princess.
  • Elitepwnsface - December 12, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    To be honest i would rather be using a buttons for skyward sword. I am a lazy person when it comes to relaxing after a hard days work to enjoy a bit of gaming action.

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