The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the biggest moment the franchise has ever seen, and by a large margin. The Zelda series was always a very important one to Nintendo, but Breath of the Wild helped the franchise reach far beyond its usual audience to find millions of new players. Even more importantly, those players are now series fans, and have followed Link to his next adventure, Tears of the Kingdom.
While millions upon millions are incredibly happy with the direction of Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom, there are some who miss the old days. A group of longtime Zelda followers find themselves enjoying some areas of the classic adventures more, such as the traditional dungeon design and linear approach to gameplay. Could we ever see the series return to those days? A new interview with Nintendo gives us some insight.
IGN spoke to Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma at length about the entire Zelda franchise, and they touched on the idea of returning to classic-style Zelda. You can see Aonuma’s comments on the matter below.
Well, I do think we as people have a tendency to want the thing that we don’t currently have, and there’s a bit of a grass is greener mentality. But I also think that with the freedom players have in the more recent games in the series…there still is a set path, it just happens to be the path that they chose. So I think that that is one thing I kind of like to remind myself about the current games that we’re making.
But also, it’s interesting when I hear people say those things because I am wondering, “Why do you want to go back to a type of game where you’re more limited or more restricted in the types of things or ways you can play?” But I do understand that desire that we have for nostalgia, and so I can also understand it from that aspect.
"Why do you want to go back to a type of game where you're more limited or more restricted in the types of things or ways you can play?" But I do understand that desire that we have for nostalgia, and so I can also understand it from that aspect."
Wow, what a condescending so-and-so. 😐
I'm so sick of my preferences, which are honed from experience and broad understanding of many, many games, being thoughtlessly chalked up to "nostalgia" by others.
additionally, his concept (which he pretends here is unimpeachable science or even religious dogma) that all games are better with fewer rules and therefore "open world = better" is laughably naive.
F off, Aonuma. I've been playing these games long before you took control. 👎