E3 2010 games to watch: The Legend of Zelda Wii preview

It’s that time of year again. E3 is coming and the hype train is beginning to hiss. In preparation for this year’s maelstrom of new video game delights, which starts on June the 15th, we’re running a twice-weekly series of features highlighting the big hitters you’ll want to keep an eye on at the show.

Some you’ll know, some you won’t, but all will require your complete and undivided attention. So tune in to GamesRadar every Wednesday and Saturday, and have that attention primed and ready.

Today, we’re looking at what is surely one of *the* reasons to be excited to the point of vomiting for E3 2010. Yes, the new Legend of Zelda for Wii.

Why The Legend of Zelda Wii is one to watch

  • Twilight Princess was a GameCube game tweaked late in development to make it Wii friendly. That makes the new Legend of Zelda the first true Zelda game for Wii. The five years that producer Eiji Aonuma's team has spent making the game have been focused entirely on creating a Zelda that takes full creative advantage of Wii's controls. So, much more than just using the remote to catch Hylian Bass then.
  • MotionPlus-powered sword swinging. We've seen it in Red Steel 2, but how's it going to work here? Can't wait to find out.
  • We've had a boat, a train, a wolf and a magical wind instrument. What's going to be the new 'gimmick'? There's little doubt that the mysterious figure seen with Link in the only piece of Zelda Wii artwork (above) plays an important part in the new game. But what, exactly? The favourite theory is that she (it's a she, right?) is somehow linked to the Master Sword and possibly an embodiment of the fabled weapon. Although other theories say that she is definitely NOT anything to do with the Master Sword. Sheesh.
  • The new Zelda will be set in a different era and will feature an older Link than Twilight Princess. Horseback combat is also rumoured to be another returning feature. But what's the game going to look like? Judging by the artwork, we'd say that it'll be a more 'realistic' Zelda and almost certainly not a cel-shaded affair. Personally, I think Wind Waker looks a million times better than Twilight Princess, but that's just me.
  • Aonuma has said that Zelda Wii isn't going to be drastically different to other games in the series. However, he's also said that the traditional Zelda flow of explore-dungeon-explore is going to change somehow. Right now, E3 can't come soon enough - these seemingly contradictory statements is baffling us.
  • One of the words flying around Zelda Wii is that it's going to be more 'accessible'. And that makes many Zelda fans nervous. Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto said the same thing about Super Mario Galaxy 2 and that looks like it's turned out OK. We're fully anticipating that E3 will put everyone at ease that a more accessible Zelda doesn't mean a diluted, shallow, dumbed-down pile of pap.

The fact that pretty much anything to do with the new Zelda is based on guesswork, dodgy translations and forum theories is reason enough to keep an eye on the game at E3. Not that we need an excuse. It's a new Zelda and that's a big enough deal in itself. Still, a playable demo - which is what Nintendo's hoping to deliver - will be welcomed with the vomit of excitement.

May 19, 2010


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  • alwaysthere1996 - May 15, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    can not wait... but i dont even have a wii :( wat am i gonna do???
  • AuthorityFigure - June 13, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    I'm worried about the amount of anticipation for this title... It's going to be a good game, no doubt. And that is enough for anyone.
  • Spartan03 - June 9, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    The new Legend of Zelda game is called Legend Of Zelda: The Fall of Hyrule.
  • BIOSback - June 4, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    They better not fuck this up, trying to make it more accessible. Like putting in tutorials or difficulty, Zelda is about challenge.
  • Sariachan - May 20, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    I've dreamt about it a couple of nights ago: it was a 2d-like, side scrolling game, similar to the second LoZ game but without RPG elements. Weird. °_°
  • johnthe5th - May 20, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    Haha they might do something totally weird. I would laugh if they did Zelda Kart of something like that as a prank. Or Super Link Galaxy! It sounds funny now, but I would probably cry... Seriously though, Ocarina of Time was originally meant to be first person, and Nintendo has said they thought that a first person Zelda game would be cool. The whole game won't be like that for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were some first person sword fighting parts. Kind of like how Metroid: Other M will switch from 1st to 3rd person. This is all possible, but I'll be shocked if I'm right.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 20, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    Ninty has taken too long to get me interested, I need a real shakeup of some kind to be intrigued now.
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 20, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    So far, all LoZ games have been set in a medieval land. I wonder if there's any chance that we'll ever see a cyberpunk, modern, futuristic or otherwise unfamiliar setting in a LoZ game, and would it work to tell that kind of story?
  • Nin10DOH - May 19, 2010 10 p.m.

    E3 feels so far away!!! Really want this game!!!!!
  • slimjim441 - May 19, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    @EvidentDead They probably won't really change the 'Zelda formula' too much. I heard that they are going to make the overworld sections more meaningful though, instead of just moving from dungeon to dungeon (and if your lucky, getting an item on the way, or doing some small side-quest). By the way, there is this guy on Youtube doing a series of videos about any news on the new Zelda game. Most of it is talking about rumors and trying to decipher Miyamoto's and Aonuma's 'secret code' they seem to use during interviews. Anyway, the user's name is 'earthbounding' and you can look up his videos for more info.
  • db1331 - May 19, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    "(like making you hold the remote sideways like holding a saddle or something and shake it to make Epona move forward)" That is 5 times more horrible than anything I could have imagined Nintendo could put into this game. I hope nobody from Nintendo reads GR. Jesus.
  • slimjim441 - May 19, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I have absolutely no doubts that this game may be the best wii game ever. I do have doubts that they could probably overdo some of the wii motion plus bits though (like making you hold the remote sideways like holding a saddle or something and shake it to make Epona move forward). But this game will be unbe-fucking-lieveable no matter what. The worst it can be would be making you say at certain unnecessary parts of the game, 'Really? Was that necessary?' And then you will say, 'Well at least the rest of the game kicks total ass.' I'm too excited right now...
  • WillisTron - May 19, 2010 7:12 p.m.

  • db1331 - May 19, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    @BellaKazza Looking at your avatar after reading your comment made me lol irl.
  • bluscorp - May 19, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    I havn't got any interest in Zelda.
  • Conman93 - May 19, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    I agree Matt, Windwaker is a much more gorgeous game. Im just know this is going to be great. Im sure the story will be excellent,but hopefully not as angsty. I wonder will they have a motion plus bundle with this.
  • db1331 - May 19, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    I was really disappointed with Spirit Tracks, I don't think I could take 2 back to back weak Zeldas. I hope they don't overdo the motion plus bits just for the sake of showing off the tech. Spirit Tracks used the mic waaaaaaay too much, to the point of it becoming totally obnoxious.
  • EvidentDead - May 19, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    I just hope the story isn't too... different. The "Zelda" formula for the most part works. You switch out some new gimmicks here and there, then BAM! You got a new way to defeat Gannon and save Hyrule. I suppose it all breaks down on how the Wii-motion will treat the game.

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