Nintendo’s announcement of the Wii U console at E3 this year was followed by a wide variety of various game demos, or “experiences,” as Reggie Fils-Aimee decided to call them. The one that garnered the most attention from hardcore Nintendo fanboys was the high definition Legend of Zelda demo Nintendo brought with them.
As it turns out, this was no more than a demo and not a taste of things to come for the Zelda franchise.
This is all very similar to a stunt Nintendo pulled back in 2000 with a Legend of Zelda Gamecube demo video that had fans hoping for a more realistic looking and mature Zelda title. What they got was Wind Waker, which arguably is one of the best in the series.
Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed the tech demo bluff to Wired, calling upon the GameCube comparison:
“You probably remember that when we introduced the GameCube, we showed a somewhat realistic Zelda demo,” he said. “And what we actually created was the cel-shaded Wind Waker. So when we show a graphic demo, people think, ‘Oh, this is what the next Zelda will look like,’ but that’s not necessarily the case.”
The menu screen on the Wii U controller might also be scrapped for an eventual Zelda game, as Aonuma said he’d like to do things “more surprising than that”.
Just keep the motion controls to a minimum, Aonuma, and I’ll be more than satisfied.