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Nintendo on why Hero's Path mode was added as DLC in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, asked about a Zelda II remake

A portion of a Jeuxvideo interview with Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma, as translated by NintendoEverything...

JV: Why wasn’t the Hero’s Path Mode of this DLC not included in Breath of the Wild at launch? Was it due to a lack of time?

Eiji Aonuma: Yes, it was mainly a matter of development time. We had this Hero’s Path Mode in mind from the start, but we couldn’t seem to find the right formula and it was going to take a lot of time to find it. How to show it, which reading mode to use… we didn’t know how to implement it in the game and it required some time, but luckily we had that thanks to the DLC.

But there’s another interesting point. If we had given that option from the start, players could have tracked their movements in real time and they wouldn’t have been surprised, although they would have taken advantage of it. But here, the appeal is that you can watch your 200 last hours, and that’s the funny part because players will wonder: “Oh, is that really how I’ve played?”. They’re going to see the route they’ve taken and what’s left to discover. There is this discovery aspect thanks to the timing of the release of the Hero’s Path Mode.

JV: Metroid: Samus Returns, the remake of an important yet not the most popular episode in the series, was announced at E3. Do you think that a remake of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, which has a similar history, would be a good idea?

Eiji Aonuma: Would you like that? We’ll think about it.

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jumpmanfr
Sun Oct 15 17 03:21pm
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

Please guys stop calling this site "Jeuxvideo".

"Jeux vidéo" juste means "video games" in French. A whole bunch of very different sites and magazines are called like that: there is Jeuxvideo.com, Jeuxvideo.fr, Jeux Video Magazine, etc.

All these are totally different publications, made by totally different guys and different teams. That's why it's important to give the full name (which is, in our case, Jeuxvideo.com), and not just "Jeuxvideo".

Thank you for your attention! Smile

jumpmanfr
Sun Oct 15 17 03:21pm
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

Please guys stop calling this site "Jeuxvideo".

"Jeux vidéo" juste means "video games" in French. A whole bunch of very different sites and magazines are called like that: there is Jeuxvideo.com, Jeuxvideo.fr, Jeux Video Magazine, etc.

All these are totally different publications, made by totally different guys and different teams. That's why it's important to give the full name (which is, in our case, Jeuxvideo.com), and not just "Jeuxvideo".

Thank you for your attention! Smile

You could always name your site something interesting and memorable if you want to avoid that problem, too.

Those sites generally never have that problem.
The problem only comes from non-French speaking journalists, who don't know what "jeux video" means.

The thing is it's a pretty big publication in France and one of the most important video game sites. It's been around for years and some of the most influencial French game critics come from there. In any case it's well beyond the point where it could afford the luxury of changing its name. Also obviously the problem comes from the fact that some sites apparently can't quote the name properly, not from the name itself.

And also quite franckly the answer you gave is a bit rude. :/

hawk
Sun Oct 15 17 03:53pm
Rating: 1

Instead of remaking Zelda 2, why not do something technically new that is like it? Sort of like how they made A Link Between Worlds instead of flat-out remaking A Link to the Past.

Agree. Most of the issues I have with Samus Returns are a result of if being a remake of Metroid II... well, that and the lack of enemy variety.

That said, I still liked Samus Returns a lot, and they'd get my money with a Zelda II remake as well... but new games are always preferable!

Sun Oct 15 17 05:59pm
(Updated 1 time)

I'd love a Zelda II remake. It should have had more polish, but it was very innovative and ahead of it's time in many ways. It's a very good game, for all the crap so-called Zelda fans give it.

Just NOT in "2.5D".

And NOT done by someone like Mercury Steam.

This does explaun why Hero's Path was added in later. It does NOT explain why it's part of part of PAID dlc.

Exactly! They should've grilled them on why it wasn't made available a regular update to everyone.

1upjohn
Sun Oct 15 17 11:52pm
Rating: 1

I would love a Zelda II remake or least a new game in the same setting like A Link Between Worlds.

New game in the same setting is a great idea.

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