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FTN Looks at Legend of Zelda for the Wii U

June 19th, 2014 by Melissa Goodnight Comments

At this year’s E3 Eiji Aonuma discussed, that since the late 1980s, The Legend of Zelda series has followed a relatively simple style. A topographical view and a set pattern of places you must go in order to advance both in story and in side quests.

Typically, Zelda games have limited how far you can go based on the items in your inventory. Deep bodies of water, rocks and bottomless pits have stood between you and that piece of heart or unopened treasure chest.

Fans were treated to a first look at the upcoming, but still untitled, Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U. The game features our hero riding on his horse, Epona, as he tries to evade an unusual looking robotic monster with tentacle legs. Since the release of the trailer, there have been several questions posed by fans of the series.

Video game designer and director Eiji Aonuma recently addressed these questions.

Does the Trailer show In-Game Graphics? Many fans have questioned if what is shown in the trailer actual in-game graphics. Aonuma made the following statement via Miiverse: “Many people from the media kept asking me if the footage from the new Zelda game for Wii U is just a promotional movie, but that really is actual gameplay on Wii U. Also, I wasn’t kidding about how you will be able to reach the mountains that appear in the distance if you should choose to!”

Is that Princess Zelda in Disguise in the Trailer? It was recently speculated that the blue tunic wearing protagonist in the E3 trailer was actually Princess Zelda, however, these rumors were later put to rest byAonuma: “No-one explicitly said that was Link. Actually that comment I made jokingly. It’s not that I said that it wasn’t Link. It’s that I never said that it was Link. It’s not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way.” Aonuma says.

There still remains a lot to be answered about the up and coming game. With a new open world it will be exciting to see if certain items, such as the roc feather, power bracelet/glove, or the flippers, will be coming back or if we there will be a whole new inventory of weapons and items. The new open world Zelda shows that Nintendo is making changes to its long existing franchises, making the epic fantasy adventure game one of the most highly anticipated games of 2015.

Sources: Uproxx and Miiverse

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