Nintendo: Wii U Zelda might not look like E3 demo

Say what you will for the famously contrarian Nintendo: the company sticks to its guns, no matter what. For instance, Nintendo game director Eiji Aonuma wonders if you remember that time Nintendo showed off new Zelda footage to get everyone excited, only to reveal a game that looked nothing like what was shown. It was a misguided move that proved Zelda fans can be just as prone to capricious nerd-rage as anyone else, and Aonuma wants you to know how much the company's learned from the incident: absolutely nothing. In fact, Nintendo just might do it all over again.

“You probably remember that when we introduced the GameCube, we showed a somewhat realistic Zelda demo,” teased Aonuma in an interview with Wired. “What we actually created was the cel-shaded Wind Waker... So when we show a graphic demo, people think, 'Oh, this is what the next Zelda will look like,' but that's not necessarily the case." Skipping over the bit where Wind Waker's artful brightness marks it for many as the dark horse of the series, the producer clarifies his reason for raising the issue: the Zelda demo shown at E3, Aonuma reveals, may well look nothing like whatever form Link's adventures take when brought to the new Nintendo console.

While the demo ably showed the Wii U's ability to render hostile Hyrulean fauna in impressive HD, not to mention the touch-screen controller's handiness as an always-on menu screen, Aonuma says he'd “like to do things that are more surprising than that” with the console's Zelda installments. If you're still all-in at this point, you know it's all done out of love, right?

Jul 5, 2011


  • Averagegamer18 - July 10, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    I really want it to be in HD if it isn't I don't feel Skyward Sword will be as good as it can be. I really hate that cartoon look to this game.
  • DarkLoveWisheS - July 7, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    I honestly don't trust Nintendo with Zelda anymore. In fact they should just stop instead of making them worse and worse each year.
  • SanctusScorpius - July 6, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    @PopularBluesMagicianSandyCabbage... Wait, you seriously expect Sonic Team to make a game based on SatAM? That's kind of impossible you know.
  • SanctusScorpius - July 6, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Really hoping for a Wind Waker or Skyward Sword artstyle for a NextGen Zelda.
  • UsernameLoser - July 6, 2011 5:58 p.m.
  • shawksta - July 6, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    @jmcgrotty Maybe because the game itself was actually GOOD? Its always been the same, Zelda tend to use unique art styles and while WW's artstyle threw allot of people off, the game itself managed to deliver. Besides, current gen zelda would be uncreative to be honest
  • jmcgrotty - July 6, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    Ugh. Anyone who is OK with Wind Waker should not be allowed to even own any electronics. Why would anyone admit to it? Pretty embarrassing.
  • Yeager1122 - July 6, 2011 3:54 a.m.

    As long as it still looks gorgeous with whatever they go with thats fine.
  • PopularBluesMagicianSandyCabbage - July 6, 2011 2:57 a.m.

    Okay yeah fine sure, Wind Waker was great. But I WANT A CURRENT GENERATION LOOKING ZELDA PLEASE!!! GOD! HOW HARD IS IT? JUST FOR ONE GAME. Twilight Princess was a letdown because it is the art style I want but in FOUR-EIGHTY-PEE!!!! stupid nintendo doing such stupid things all the stupid time. I used to trust Nintendo but I also used to trust Sonic Team, and they still haven't done a damn SAT AM Sonic game. Japanese people have no idea what people want anymore.
  • Nap1400 - July 6, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    I saw this coming a mile away. And to be honest, I won't mind either way. This statement was probably just to prevent any potential fanboy rage that might happen when the next game is nowhere near the style of the tech demo. (Keywords: TECH DEMO)
  • markshell - July 6, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    All I know is that they need to re-release some games remastered for HD. Wind Waker is the best example. It NEEDS an HD remaster. And the Mario Galaxies. Please.
  • SparkleDevon - July 6, 2011 2:06 a.m.

    Also, there's a difference. Every recent Zelda has been completely different Art Styles. WindWaker had the 'cartoony' style, whereas Twilight Princess was realistic. Skywardsword is kind of a mix, so it's really all down to what the developers want to make it look like.
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 6, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    THE TECH DEMO WAS JUST H.D.-IFIED TWILIGHT PRINCESS MODELS IN THE TP TEMPLE OF TIME. GET OVER IT, ALL OF YOU. All I care about in a Zelda title is that it doesn't rely on waggling, and that Link is left-handed LIKE HE SHOULD BE. (I really like where Aonuma and the team @ Nintendo are going with Skyward Sword's art style...but I really hope that "ball rolling" part isn't the same stupid controls from the Mario Galaxy series...*groan*)
  • NightCrawler_358 - July 6, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    *cringe* I just hope it doesn't look worse than the demo.
  • Defguru7777 - July 6, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    This doesn't surprise me at all. In fact, because of the Gamecube tech demo that preceded Wind Waker, I was expecting this to happen. Not complaining one bit, as I loved Wind Waker, and I'm sure that whatever Zelda comes to the Wii U will be magical.
  • SimonIKun42 - July 6, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    Not surprised by this, it was kinda predictable, actually. Still, this doesn't necessarily mean it'll be a bad move on Nintendo's part, or have Wind Waker graphics. Ninty's known for always having something up their sleeves. I just hope it's as awesome as Wind Waker turned out to be.
  • shawksta - July 5, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    @Aletheon EXACTLY, It looked Awesome, but by Nintendo Creative Standards it wasnt as creative and they can do much better
  • shawksta - July 5, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    *Nintendos NOT about that
  • shawksta - July 5, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    To be Honest, I could care less. If anything Zelda is about using unique artstyles than the usual in this generation. People are also argueing that the zelda shown in the Wii U demo is just "Standard Graphics of today" and we know Nintendos about that. This zelda would probably be the next "Twilight Princess" in which New zelda gamers will call it the best and bash the other Zeldas just because it looked "Realistic" Thats another thing we should note. I cant wait to see the way the REAL Zelda WII U will look
  • RacattackForce - July 5, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Skyward Sword is going to be on the Wii.

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