Why Nintendo Doesn't Remake Zelda Games And How New Zelda Will Be Different

While some players might think it would be fantastic if Nintendo remade older Zelda titles like Nintendo 64 title, Ocarina of Time. Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma doesn't think remakes are so easy.

"Whenever we have to think about the remake," Aonuma told IGN, "we have to also think about the background, especially what kind of situation, what kind of period and time that previous game was played in, because, be it Ocarina of Time or any other games, whenever they say they want to have a remake on whichever platform, they have some emotional attachment from playing that game at that particular time or environment." According to Aonuma, that sort of background is always there. "We cannot afford to destroy that kind of emotional attachment."

Another reason is that whenever Nintendo comes up with new technology, the developers are inspired to put that new tech and new ideas into new Zelda games. For example, in the upcoming Legend of Zelda on the Wii, the game features 1-to-1 controls. Players can swing the Wii Remote, and directly control Link's sword play in-game. "It has become very natural," the producer added. "I mean, the movement of your arms are precisely reflected in the gameplay whereby Link is wielding his sword just as you shake the Wii Motion Plus remote."

What's more, game play for the upcoming Wii Zelda title will be different from the traditional dungeon — field — dungeon structure that has dominated Zelda titles in the past. According to Aonuma, expect an announcement at next year's E3 about these changes.

"So that's the current situation and that's the reason why we are not very aggressive in exploring the possibility of remaking the past Zelda series," the producer added. "If I can think how to do it, or if any inspiration comes to me, without destroying the emotional attachment people have to the past game, and I can make some great innovation or renovation on the remake, then I might be able to think about it further."

The Legacy of Zelda [YouTube via WiiNintendo]


Comments

    The next game is sounding promising so far...looking forward to it!

    One could argue the Zelda series are already remakes...

    I should probably get around to finishing Twilight Princess...

    TP has a good ending. I like the last boss battle. Def finish it Ben

    I'm against remakes of games that have a certain magnitude. Resident evil for example whilst still good, hampered on the production cycles for the new inclusions. Given Zelda's enormous production value, it would be around 6 years between new iterations. Besides the Zelda story is massive and i think can theoretically be infinite, even if its not on the "Master List" hiding in Miyamoto's safe.

    A remake of say Sonic in HD or really any other 2D game is fairly tame as not a great deal is changed. That being said i'm looking forward to Perfect Dark XBLA, supposedly coming out this month? At least i hope :D

    "...they have some emotional attachment from playing that game at that particular time or environment.” According to Aonuma, that sort of background is always there. “We cannot afford to destroy that kind of emotional attachment.”"

    I wholeheartedly agree. Although a part of me thinks remakes are awesome, I do feel it's nice to have a classic remain a classic.

    the closest they ever came to remakes was the version they released on Disc with Wind Waker, "Ocarina of Time: Master Quest" and the most that did was change the dungeons to be more challenging.

    Ocarina was great, breathtaking for it's time, but now, with all the functions and capabilities they have with the Wii over the N64/GC, any attempt to remake the game would stunt the console capabilities and disappoint players in terms of performance.

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