Iwata wants three-year development period for next Zelda
posted on 11.25.11 at 05:19 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"Five years is a long time," says Iwata.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wants Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and director Hidemaro Fujibayashi to create the next Zelda title within three years’ time.

“I really don’t know what to do,” Aonuma laughed, referring to the next Zelda in the latest Iwata Asks. “For the next one, if we will build on the methods we established this time [with Skyward Sword], we might end up getting into a rut.”

Fujibayashi added, “That’s difficult. I’m thinking about the next game, too, and I feel like the hurdle is really high.”

According to Aonuma, there is a lot left over that the team couldn’t do with Skyward Sword.

Jumping in, Iwata said, “You have limited time and people, so there’s bound to be something left over. But five years is a long time,” he laughed. “Can’t you do it in three years next time?”

Iwata’s the boss, so naturally Aonuma and Fujibayashi agreed.

“Sorry, I’ll think of something that can happen in three years,” said Fujibayashi.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

  • Kougeru

    As long as it doesn’t become a yearly “expansion pack” disguised as a new game. That’s what I always liked about Zelda games. While there’s a lot the same, they’re all still different from each other (not counting remakes of course lol) in various ways. Btw in your review for Skyward Sword you mentioned having the sensor bar set up properly, it’s been confirmed however the game does not use the sensor bar at all. This actually made aiming a bit hard for me thinking that it did because I kept trying to keep my remote aimed at my TV when I didn’t need to lol. Now that I know it doesn’t use it (thanks to my pig unplugging the sensor bar one day), I never have to recenter my aim. Love the game, too bad my Wii stopped reading discs exactly 5 years after I got it. Perfect timing -_-. I really hope they don’t rush the next one.

    • Sal Romano

      @Kougeru: Yeah, the sensor bar bit was just tossed in there in parenthesis as a joke. I’m not too keen on Wii hardware, so I figured you always need the sensor bar.

      Anyway —– wait a minute, your pig?! You have a pig?!

      • Kougeru

        @Sal Romano: Lol Totally missed it as a joke, didn’t realize motion+ was so accurate that it wouldn’t need sensor bar. Yes I have a pig. Worst pet ever.

        • whiteferrero

          @Kougeru: i’d always wanted a pet pig. one of those small black ones.

        • dart2087

          @Kougeru: That pig you mentioned reminds me of Zelda the Wind Waker. lol

  • NCloud

    Take your time, you don’t rush perfection :)