"Most ambitious" Zelda coming to Wii U in 2014 - Report

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The most ambitious Zelda game ever made is said to be heading to the Wii U -- for the first time in HD -- in 2014.

A Japanese source told Wii U Daily that the visual style will be similar to Skyward Sword, not the darker tone of Twilight Princess, as it appeals to a larger audience.

It's said to have the biggest development team of any Zelda game, led by Eiji Aonuma, who have been working on the game since 2010.

"It’s a 4-year development cycle with a new console, new technology, new engine etc. It’ll end up being the most expensive game they’ve made to date," said the source, who likened it to Grand Theft Auto and Rockstar in terms of funding and manpower.

The ambitious claims come as the new Zelda will apparently have about as many dungeons as previous games -- Skyward Sword took around 45 hours to complete -- but each will be considerably bigger and more diverse than anything we've seen before. Some are so big that they will be broken up into three parts, still take hours to complete, and the first could be an entire forest.

Audiophiles will be pleased to hear that the orchestral soundtrack is being completely redone with hours of new music.

Online features are mentioned, but that doesn't mean online multiplayer, as Zelda is inherently a singleplayer adventure.

Finally, the source claims that Zelda will demonstrate how to use the Wii U tablet controller better than anything else, as it was instrumental in designing the controller's functionality.

As we already know, it will be nothing like the tech demo shown at E3 2011. That was merely a glimpse at Zelda in HD, and was never intended to be a game. Nintendo had planned to release a Wii U Zelda game in 2013 to strengthen the line-up against new hardware from Sony and Microsoft, but that quickly become an impossible goal.

In Short

  • Wii U Zelda in 2014
  • Originally targeted 2013, but that isn't possible
  • Been in development since 2010
  • "Most ambitious" Zelda game yet with massive dungeons, considerably bigger than anything before
  • Continues Skyward Sword's visual style in HD
  • It will have basic online features, but no multiplayer
  • A new orchestral soundtrack
  • Likened to GTA in terms of money spent and size of the development team
  • It has nothing to do with the tech demo shown at E3 2011. That isn't a game.

By Ben Salter

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cannot wait !
Zelda [Derp]
In HD [Derp] [Derp]
The WiiU is gonna be absolutely awesome! Surely we can have a true sequel to Super Mario 64 now Nintendo? Plus i need more F-Zero!
It will be interesting to see if they keep Zelda and Ganon as characters or if they go in a totally new direction for the WiiU.
Personally, I think its not a true Zelda game if they are not included.....Although Majoras Mask was my favourite and they were not in it at all…so…I’m a hypocrite!!!!

Anyway...exciting news!
Awesome times 10.
Sounds good. *_*

I still want another 'Toon' game, though. Loved Spirit Tracks and Wind Waker, so hopefully this rumoured new Zelda 3DS features Toon Link.

l3ailey said: Sounds good.
I still want another 'Toon' game, though. Loved Spirit Tracks and Wind Waker, so hopefully this rumoured new Zelda 3DS features Toon Link.



I think they're pretty set on the mix between the two achieved in Skyward Sword.

Maybe for 3DS.

Surely there's 3DS Zelda next year [Shifty]
I think they'll keep Toon Link on portable consoles.
That seems too good to be true, and even though I want to jump up and down like a little school girl over all this news, I'm holding back because I don't want my heart to be broken.

Skyward Sword graphics in HD thought? [Derp]

renagadez said: I think they'll keep Toon Link on portable consoles.

Can't we make a exception for Wind Waker remastered in HD? [MOG]
I am actually looking forward to this. I hope they stick to the TP look this time around or at least look similar to that since the darker, mature tone definitely made it feel like Link grew up.

PLEASE TAKE AWAY LINK'S PANTS, NINTENDERP.

E ~ It seems I can't read.
this better better good. I was so hyped up for Skyward Sword and it wasn't that great.
This game will be so immersive, imagine the amount of sidequests and how big the open world could be?! =_=

I hope they don't add voices though.
IS IT OUT YET!?

renagadez said: IS IT OUT YET!?


Yes

renagadez said: IS IT OUT YET!?

Yes.

In a make believe world where this rumor is real

Blob said:

renagadez said: IS IT OUT YET!?


Yes


BUT ZELDA HAS TO BE DARK BECAUSE DARK GAMES ARE TEH HARDCORES

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