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New Wii Zelda Hopefully at E3 2010

by Chris Faylor, Jun 02, 2009 10:00pm PDT

Though Nintendo managed to get through the entirety of its E3 2009 press conference without a mention of the next Zelda game for the Wii, series creator Shigeru Miyamoto tonight expressed his hopes that the long-awaited sequel may be shown next year.

"To be honest, at this E3 I wanted to announce a new Zelda for Wii," he said at a roundtable tonight, as reported by Gamasutra. "But we've already shown you a Zelda on Wii." Instead, he showed the crowd a piece of concept art from "the next game," detailing a realistic-looking Link. Sadly, attendees weren't allowed to photograph the art.

Alongside his hopes to showcase the as-yet-unannounced title at E3 2010, Miyamoto also noted that the game could require the sensitivity-increasing Wii MotionPlus add-on, though that depends on sales of the June 8-due peripheral and one other factor.

"I love action games, and bring in archery and swordplay, that's great for me, but some people love [Zelda] as an RPG, and like the simpler controls, so that's something I really have to think about," he mused.





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  • I'm glad Miyamoto and his team are taking their time. One thing I love about Zelda was the anticipation between titles. It was five years between Link's Awakening and Ocarina of Time, which provided plenty of time to sit back and wonder what Nintendo would come up with next.

    Majora's Mask was awesome, but it was released only 23 months after Ocarina; Wind Waker followed three years after Majora, then Twilight*. Even if the next Zelda is only shown at E3 2010, it might not be out that year -- and that's okay. It will be worth waiting for. Take your time, Miyamoto-san! Make it something extra special. Besides, I'm thinking Nintendo will spread Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M out over next year, so we have those to look forward to as well.

    * I'm obviously not counting handheld Zelda titles, but if you want to, then the gaps between releases is even more narrow.