Miyamoto talks Zelda and F Zero
When one of the most famous videogame developers of all times says something, people listen. Regardless as to whether or not you work for the same company, were in the same generation or even like the work he produces, you listen. Simply because Shigeru Miyamoto, arguably, is the driving force behind today’s most successful and critically acclaimed franchises: Zelda, Mario, Pikmin, Donkey Kong, Luigi’s Mansion, Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Nintendogs and is credited with working on many, many more. Today he spoke to edge about Zelda.
Miyamoto spoke with Edge recently and has previously been on record stating that he’d like A Link to the Past to be put onto the 3DS; however, today, he’s saying that he wants to create a new game, but based on or from A Link to the Past.
“I think the answer would be the same if we’re talking about just porting,” he said, “but I think I’d be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link To The Past. I think it’s important to bring some really new software.”
This makes sense as Ocarina of Time, the sequel in terms of release date on a major home console, is the most critically acclaimed game of all time and is regarded as perfect by many gamers worldwide (myself included!). Many people who first saw OoT back in the mid 1990s said that Ocarina of Time was simply a copy of A Link to the Past. Just as people said Twilight Princess was a copy of Ocarina of Time.
Yet, Miyamoto is far less hands-on at Nintendo and is now more into mentoring the younger generation. If the “sequel” to A Link to the Past was made, it would be done by someone else – which he admits could cause complications.
“To be very honest and open, it really depends on the directors that have time at the moment as well,” he said. “Some directors, I can give them the title and I know they will do something great with it.
“Other directors I’m not so 100 per cent confident [in], so they’re the ones I’d rather take a more remake approach to the title. It really depends on that as well.”
As a Zelda fan who ran a large, formerly succesful Zelda fansite back in the day, I’d advise that they take elements of A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker and Skyward Swords and put it together. Zelda games have become too linear and too driven by other events. Today we need more freedom, but with amazing “new” things. Keep the formula, but make it new.
Miyamoto also went on record about F-Zero and whether or not there’s going to be a Wii U or 3DS sequel:
“I think at the time it was a really big surprise, a new thing, a product that made sense,” he said. “I don’t see with current hardware how you could create a similar surprise.
“But maybe with future hardware, with Wii U coming up, maybe we could create something that does make sense, either as a smaller game, or a fully fledged title.”