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Chris Leigh
06 Sep, 2005

Miyamoto discusses new directions for Mario and Zelda

Wii News | Twilight Princess to be the 'last Zelda as we know it'.
Speaking to Japanese radio over the weekend, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto chatted fairly freely about what the immediate future holds for the company's biggest two names, Mario and Zelda, revealing how the concept behind Mario 128 actually shaped the development of the Revolution console, and how the forthcoming Legend of Zelda: The Twlight Princess will be the 'last Zelda game as you know it in its present form'. Urk.

Anyway, here's the transcript in full:

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Why wait so long to release a new installment of Mario? The wait is frustrating players everywhere...

Mario is and always has been a concept title from his birth. We are always looking for new ways of playing with him, manipulating him, to create something new and unique. We're in the midst of preparing something special for his future, something never before seen. You'll understand when you see it that we can't quite release it right away. The new Mario game will surprise many people. Give us the benefit of the doubt. I think we'll present you with a new way to have fun. There's even a new character by his side.'

Mario 128 will be released for Revolution then?

Yes, of course! It's no surprise, but of course we will rename it, obviously. That won't be the only surprise of next year though. We based the Revolution around this new type of game. Mario 128 played a large role in the Revolution's conception, much like Mario 64 in it's time. But we won't just be focusing on Mario. We're working on some very impressive games which push interactivity to the max. Games of a new era.

The new Zelda, it's not really good news that...

Please allow me to interrupt you by saying that you will have to be patient, really. This will be, without a doubt, the last Zelda game as you know it in its present form. I worked on it personally, moreso than Wind Waker! I haven't invested as much into any game as I have this one. Our goal was to make the best Zelda game ever. The most rich/satisfying and melancholy. We've really improved it in just a few months. Everything's coming together much quicker. We may have some last minute ideas...

You're going to move it to Revolution?

No, it is a Gamecube title.

In any case, you want to preserve the air of mystery around Nintendo?

We will be revealing many details soon. It's true, we do like surprises (laughs). While our gamers are sleeping, we're busy thinking up new ideas. But while they're playing - we're playing as well.

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Intriguing stuff, I'm sure you'll agree. Just who is the new character by Mario's side? How has Mario 128 influenced how the Revolution is conceived? In what ways will this be the last Zelda game as we know it? And do Nintendo really only have ideas when we sleep?

Hopefully, with the Tokyo Game Show approaching, all will be revealed soon.

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15 Comments
8 years ago
. We are always looking for new ways of playing with him,
ewwww....
8 years ago
I've been trying to think of a response to this, but I can't. icon_confused.gif I'm not sure that we've learned anything new, except Zelda being the last of its kind. Assuming this also means no more Wind Waker, death. icon_evil.gif
8 years ago
Ooooo!
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I don't know about you guys, but whenever I read or hear interviews with Shiggy, I always end up feeling that Nintendo knows exactly what they're doing... even if just before the interview I thought otherwise.

The news about the new Mario is cool - redefining the franchise and the way such games are played should be done with the red-clad plumber, so it's something to look forward to.

As for Zelda - I've been hoping that they evolve the type of gameplay inherent in the franchse in the future, and it seems that they will - I mean, we've all experienced the Zelda games, and they are bloody excellent, but a bit of change (or a lot... who knows what they're planning...) might be good.

All in all, while we learnt practically nothing from this interview (which isn't unusual), except that Mario has a new partner in crime, I still feel strangely reassured...

Hmmm...
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8 years ago
Remeber when Mario Sunshine was going to feature a "more mature mario"?

I really don't think the change is going to be as significant as some people think. It's not going to turn into a GTA clone or something.

http://www.plufim.com/random/ZeldaGTA.jpg
8 years ago
The only problem is that F#%! knows when were goin to hear anything substantial about it.

Shiggy mentions that while Nintendo fans are sleeping, Nintendo were hard at work. Well we've been in semi-hibernation for @#$%'s sake. I prefer to hear nothing unless its something worth hearing, non of this piss-weak attempt at hyping.

I'm fascinated to know what's going on, but i haven;t got the time to sit around and wait.
8 years ago
the last Zelda as we know it?

it might just be me, that that sounds like they plan on evolving Zelda into an MMO.

which with the NRev supposedly (alledgedly... whatever) being online, makes sense.

at least, i can't think of too many other ways to evolve an RPG.
8 years ago
Zelda could hardly be called an RPG these days. It's shares far more in common with the action/adventure genre than it does with RPGs.
8 years ago
whatever, you get my point.

i suppose it might be changing format/genre, like becoming a first-person game or something instead of 3rd Person.

would also be the 'last Zelda as we know it"
8 years ago
ObsoletE wrote
the last Zelda as we know it?

it might just be me, that that sounds like they plan on evolving Zelda into an MMO.

which with the NRev supposedly (alledgedly... whatever) being online, makes sense.

at least, i can't think of too many other ways to evolve an RPG.
That's what I am thinking as well, and it would be nice say in certain worlds / areas that they retained the cell shading look along with the TP look, now that would be awesome.
8 years ago
plufim wrote
Remeber when Mario Sunshine was going to feature a "more mature mario"?
I sure do, and hence don't believe Shigsy's claims for one second.
8 years ago
Brendan wrote
plufim wrote
Remeber when Mario Sunshine was going to feature a "more mature mario"?
I sure do, and hence don't believe Shigsy's claims for one second.
Well good. I was worried I was alone on this issue. It's not that his claims are unbelievable as such, but that what he sees as a major difference may not be very much at all.
8 years ago
Quit talking and just show us. Besides, a picture is worth a thousand words.
8 years ago
Maybe the difference won't be in the type of game Zelda will be (Action vs RPG), but the way you play it: the 'Revolutionary' controller.

Imagine if there was gyscopic/motion sensors in the controller. Now, imagine swinging the crontroller around like a sword. That's certainly different to what we do today: pressing a button vs doing the action ourselves. It would certainly allow for an almost infinite number of different combo attacks.
8 years ago
Well... plufim and Brendan...
Shiggy didn't say "mature" this time around, and quite frankly, if Mario became like GTA, then that would hardly be an evolution, now would it?
That would be bland and boring.

I'm going to interpret what has been said here not to suggest that Mario will become "mature" (whatever that means, and everyone (nobody specifically here) narrowly interprets that word to mean GTA-clone), but that the gameplay will be something new that hasn't been explored yet.

Something NEW!
SM64 gave us something new - I'd never played anything like it before.
I think Nintendo (and Shiggy) are trying to say here that they're going to at least try to bring us a NEW platforming experience.
Something that is different enough to warrant the purchase of a console that has what we're been told will at least change the way (possibly) we play our video games.

My opinion.
Agree, disagree, or agree to disagree.
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8 years ago
I think that they're trying to say that they've yet to really figure out what they're going to do.
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