Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that he and his team have begun, at the very least, some work regarding a new Legend of Zelda title for the company’s new console, the Wii U. Miyamoto has said that the plans are to deliver an experience on par with what gamers have wanted out of an HD Zelda.
“You will see a lot of these in-depth and deep experiences in terms of visual style,” the designer said.
While not going into detail regarding how the controller’s built-in touch screen would be used, a real-time demo on the show floor of E3 did show an interactive Zelda cinematic where the second screen was used for inventory and maps when not used for streaming from the console.
Miyamoto also spoke briefly to Kotaku about the web browser that Nintendo intends to have available for the system. Unsurprisingly, the browser will use the touch screen features heavily. We’ve all probably seen plenty of web browsers running on touch screen tablets such as the iPad to envision how that could work. Miyamoto also expressed concerns over how on the Wii in order to access the browser users had to navigate to a separate channel. With the Wii U tablet, Miyamoto expressed the hope that the user can simply turn on the tablet and have the browser ready to surf at all times. Interestingly, he also mentioned a scenario where one can take the controller with them at all times and access the browser from any location. I’ll leave that one up to you guys to interpret.
It’s kind of weird hearing Miyamoto talk about this stuff. In the lifespan of the Wii all we ever heard about was how expensive hardware was bad for the industry and pressuring HD video games was anti-consumer. Now admittedly, HD has become far more accessible then when the Wii launched, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind, including Nintendo’s, that this system will be a hefty one on our wallets. So to see Nintendo and Miyamoto suddenly backtrack and act so giddy over a system that effectively goes against everything their last system stood for (and to see it carry the same name no doubt) is just striking to watch.
Still, I have all judgments withheld and I’m definitely eager to see what all the Wii U can do. Especially with the Zelda franchise, probably the Nintendo franchise that can benefit most from a powerful HD system.