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Miyamoto talks Zelda Wii U and casual games

6/8/12 8:12am

One of the biggest disappointments at this year's E3 was the absence of a new Legend of Zelda title. Sure, there wasn't any indication that Nintendo would out Link's next adventure at their press conference, but it could have just been one of their classic even-Wikileaks-won't-find-out secrets. E3 came and went, but Link & Co. were nowhere to be found. So, what gives?

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Miyamoto explained that the inevitable Wii U installment in the classic franchise is still stuck in the Research & Development stage.

"With the last game, Skyward Sword, that was a game where you had motion control to use your weapons and a lot of different items. And I thought that was a lot of fun, but there were some people who weren’t able to do that or didn’t like it as much and stopped playing partway through it. So we’re in the phase where we’re looking back at what’s worked very well and what has been missing and how can we evolve it further."

Sounds like they're trying to make the motion controls less excessive this time around, which can only be a good thing. I didn't mind the motion controls in Skyward Sword, but it was a bit much to control your bird and open boss doors using the Wiimote. And considering the potential of the Wii U for gimmicky controls, it's good to see that Nintendo is willing to show some restraint.

In other news, we might also be seeing a couple more casual games from them in the future, though classic gamers won't have to worry about Nintendo losing their focus. When talking about the schism between hardcore and casual games, Miyamoto stated that Nintendo will keep focusing on creating longer, deeper experiences but that they're also asking themselves the question:

"What is the most important element of Zelda if we were to try to make a Zelda game that a lot of people can play?"

Well...as long as it's not as stupid as Mario Kart for Facebook, I wouldn't mind if they did some casual games on the side, whether it be Zelda or another franchise.. But since the experiments for such a game are still going on, it's probably gonna be a while until we learn anything more.

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