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Legend of Zelda Wii U News: Producer Breaking Away From Zelda Formula, Wants New Big Idea; 2014 Release Date Insanely Unlikely

By iDigitalTimes Staff Reporter on July 16, 2013 6:37 PM EDT 0

Legend of Zelda Wii U news time. Secrets are spillin', and we got 'em. Eiji Aonuma apparently had loose lips at E3, first spilling that Zelda U will be like Skyrim, and now saying all kinds of other things. Like this: the new Zelda U is going to truly shake up the Zelda formula. Aonuma is revisiting the basic formula and changing it up -- because if he couldn't, then he'd quit.

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Legend of Zelda Wii U will feature who knows what and come out who knows when. (Image: Nintendo of America)
Legend of Zelda Wii U will feature who knows what and come out who knows when. (Image: Nintendo of America)

We don't really know much about Legend of Zelda Wii U yet. Here's what we do know. Aonuma is getting tired of the Zelda formula -- after all, he's been totally in charge of Zelda since Ocarina of Time. So he's going to shake things up. But he's not sure how yet. Here's Aonuma in the Los Angeles Times:

What I want to do, not specifically with Link but with the 'Zelda' franchise, I'm always striving to make something no one else can, something that is so distinctly 'Zelda' that it can only be done in a 'Zelda' game. There are times when I hit walls and I can't come up with new ideas and I think maybe I should just give up and quit, but eventually a new idea comes along and I'm proud of myself. It breeds new life into the creative process.

So what does that mean for Zelda Wii U? It suggests, first off, that it's not as far in development as we've actually heard. With any luck, that's a misreading. If not, even 2015 will seem optimistic. But it also suggests that this one's going to play around a bit. You know it will be distinctively Zelda; Aonuma says so and it just makes sense. But it will really shake things up -- whatever Aonuma's new idea ends up being.

This is the second time we've had Legend of Zelda Wii U news since E3, when Eiji Aonuma directly stated that he wanted Zelda U to evoke the same feelings in the player that Skyrim did. Like, by setting it in a huge epic world with tons of stuff to do. So Zelda will be like Skyrim, at least a little bit. We also learned that Zelda has been in development since basically forever (2010), and that Nintendo almost unveiled it at E3. Instead, they'll simply do so very soon, probably at Gamescom in August.

How does that dovetail with the new Legend of Zelda Wii U news? Quite well indeed. Because going in a Skyrim kind of direction would be just the kind of game Hyrule deserves, and the one it needs right now. So we'll pursue Skyrim Zelda, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Twilight Prince.

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