'We could have done more with Zelda II,' Miyamoto says

Shigeru Miyamoto has been making games at Nintendo for more than 30 years. In that time, he has directly overseen dozens of titles, from the landmark Super Mario Bros. to his latest pet project, Pikmin 3. But all those projects don't come without some missed opportunities.

"I wouldn't say that I've ever made a bad game, per se, but a game I think we could have done more with was Zelda II: The Adventure of Link," he told Kotaku.

The sidescrolling/RPG hybrid is a black sheep among the beloved Zelda series. Miyamoto says it never quite took on that vital life of its own.

"When we're designing games, we have our plan for what we're going to design but in our process it evolves and grows from there," Miyamoto said. "In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, unfortunately all we ended up creating was what we had originally planned on paper."

He said hardware limitations were partly to blame: for example, a grating several-second pause when the game transitioned from the overworld to side scrolling segments nixed opportunities to blend the two.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is available on 3DS eShop if you want to see for yourself.


  • LEGOMatrix - June 20, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    He still hasn't made up for Wii Music! He has to make a good music/rhythm game to cancel that turd out!
  • Squander - June 18, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    Miyamoto is suspiciously talkative these days...
  • shawksta - June 18, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    Maybe its because people keep bothering him with questions? I mean for the last week or so, people have been shoving the question of when he's retire up his ass when he keeps responding that he has no plans yet.
  • Squander - June 18, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    Right! I mean Miyamoto has every right to take a step back and enjoy the rest of his life without answering complaints. He created momentum for ages - I really think people should pay more respect to him, he influenced their childhood to a greater extent. ...well and maybe he needs to answer all that questions as Iwata is chillaxing in his large conference room on the seventh floor of the Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto.
  • shawksta - June 18, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    EVERYTIME XD Poor Kamiya of Platinum studios though, the guy made an oath to respond to any questions people have for him and some have slapped him with title of "Asshole" but thats only because Kamiya had to dead with a shit ton of morons
  • Squander - June 19, 2013 4:53 a.m.

    Haha, did he? Oh man, he is a true Samurai out there in the gaming market...Iwata, well he is more like a Shogun
  • shawksta - June 19, 2013 7:16 a.m.

  • shawksta - June 18, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Zelda 2 was an interesting game, ill say that much, it had some things better than the original but the way the game was made and its own problems led it to being a game that could've been made better
  • robotic-fiend - June 18, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    He's talking about the shitty FDS version, the NES Zelda 2 fixed those loading times and other issues.

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