The Vaguest Hints About The Wii U's First Original Zelda

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After the fall 3DS sequel to the classic Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, after the fall Wii U release of a Wind Waker remake, we will eventually get an original Zelda game on Wii U. It's being made now. Nintendo's barely talking about it.

Eiji Aonuma, the man who oversees all Zelda projects at Nintendo, talked to me about those first two Zelda games at E3 last week, and offered just a slight hint at how the Wind Waker remake is influencing the simultaneous development of the unnamed original Wii U Zelda.


"Wind Waker HD is kind of a testing ground for us," Aonuma said. "With Wind Waker we were able to accomplish, for the first time, to create a seamless experience. You traveled a great sea… also [we are adding] the Miiverse communication of playing with others virtually. So we’re going to take things like this and add to those so the Wii U [new Zelda] experience should be one that is satisfying to players."

I'm sure Zelda fans are all for more of a seamless Zelda in the future. And integration into the Miiverse, to support hints or other communal interaction is intriguing. Aonuma said that the Wind Waker HD team will, upon completion of their project, merge with his Wii U new-Zelda team. Aonuma's translator described the merged team as a "super-team". Aonuma laughed and repeated the term in English: "super-team!"

Don't expect that new Wii U Zelda for a while, 2014 at the soonest, but Nintendo isn't even committing to that.

NOTE: Since this has come up in the replies below a bit, the artwork up top is not necessarily indicative of whatever Nintendo is doing with the new Zelda game. I pulled it from Nintendo's E3 image folder for the new Super Smash Bros. on Wii U. This is the Link they're going with for that game.


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This Link is from Skyward Sword? i thought he was righty in that game..