Don't Expect Any More Zelda Games Looking Like Skyward Sword

When Ocarina of Time was released, the next game in the series re-used its art design. When Wind Waker was released, it spawned a number of handheld and multiplayer games borrowing its cel-shaded look.

Even Twilight Princess' art style turned up more than once, even if the second outing was for a crossbow game.

Skyward Sword though, that might be one-and-out. Zelda overseer Eiji Aonuma has told Game Informer:

With Wind Waker, the graphics were suited to handheld gaming. Also the game ended with Link embarking on a journey, so it left open the possibility of what comes after the game. With Skyward Sword, positioning it as the first Zelda game means everything else connects to it and comes after it. It becomes a little bit difficult to do something else within that world and certainly much more difficult to do something that comes before it.

Course, what he could also mean, but won't say, is that the next main Zelda game will be on Wii U, and with the improvement in hardware will come an ability to display more detailed characters, removing the need for Nintendo to rely on the very basic (if gorgeous) models seen in Skyward Sword.

Which would be a pity! These "simple" Zelda designs have often been the best.

Aonuma not sure if there will be another Zelda in the Skyward Sword world/style [Game Informer, via Nintendo Everything]


    Err. Luke I think he's talking about the world (ie Skyloft), not the look itself.

    I'd actually be really disappointed if the next Zelda game on the Wii U didn't look like the demo they showed off at E3. So looking at it that way, good.

      If previous Zelda tech demos are anything to go by, it'll look at least 3 times better

    i certainly like the art direction and even the simple design

    but the res, and textures are just so poor on wii, bring on the wiiu... fyi, i totally wont buy a wiiu until zelda comes out, is there any other reason to buy a nintendo these days?

      Pretty much agree, sure Mario is good but it just doesn't sell me a system like Zelda.

      Only reason I got a Wii was for TP (because I couldn't find the GC version)

      I think you're both overlooking Super Smash....Or that could be just me

        I think we all try to forget that...

    Well, there's an original Zelda in production for the 3DS, and it looks pretty consoley. That's what Myamotomeister said anyway.

    I really couldnt care.. Give me a good story with good art and im happy. Okay okay they could tweak the gameplay mechanics a bit, but as far as the artstyle goes I dont care..

    WW and Skyward Sword to me are still gorgeous to look at.

      The art style is gorgeous, sure, but the graphics themselves are terrible. So many jaggies and that kind of mist abound the entire game. HDTV's do not seem to favour the ever ageing Wii.

    I just looked at Zelda's neck and shuddered... how have I not noticed this awkward twisting of a spine before now?

      It's the hair covering part of her neck.

        If only, Mr. Robbo... If only that were the case...

      Reminds me of Quagmire's giggidy giggidy goo.

      Cannot Unsee.

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