You Might Need Your 3DS If There's Ever A Legend of Zelda Movie

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We all remember the disastrous Super Mario Bros. movie. It’s pretty much the entire reason that Nintendo generally doesn’t put its properties in other media. But, Eiji Aonuma—the guy in charge of all things Zelda—says that if there ever were a film based on the Hero of Hyrule, it couldn’t be just another passive, sit-down-and-watch-it movie. It would have to be something more. It’d have to be playable.


When I spoke to Aonuma this past week, he told me that that ideas for a Zelda film adaptation have been batted around. “This is something that me and Mr. Miyamoto talked about,” he began. “If we were to make a Zelda title, if we had interest in doing that, I think really what would be most important to us is to be able to play with the format of a movie, make it more interactive, like you’re able to take your 3DS into the theater and that leads you into participating in it somehow. We wouldn’t want to make it the same as any other movie. We want to somehow change what a movie is.”

Disney tried something similar recently and there’s no definitive verdict on how the House of Mouse’s attempts have gone. Still, you have to think that Nintendo—the company that’s helped birth and re-invent digital games as we know them—would come up with something pretty cool and intriguing. Remember, Hollywood, just let Mr. Miyamoto have final cut. It’ll be better that way.

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Why does it always have to be a movie/film?

Why not a TV series? An animated show that wasn't treated as a show specifically for children could do really well (aim it at younger audiences, sure, but also make it watchable by the older fans).

Basically, give me a Zelda anime. If need be, doing something in the same vein as Samurai Jack, where the main character is pretty much silent throughout (I've only seen, like, 3 eps of Samurai Jack, so please correct me if I'm wrong about the main character being silent).

I always figured this style would work quite well with something like Zelda or Shadow of the Colossus.

The focus on big budget feature films bugs me, when there is potential for stories to be told in many other mediums...