I think that it’s safe to say, for the majority of Nintendo fanboys (like myself), The Legend of Zelda is their favorite Nintendo franchise. We love this series so much because it hasn’t been “just another game,” but rather a ground-breaking franchise that has shaped the world of gaming itself. Designed and developed by Shigeru Miyamoto and the team at Nintendo, the Zelda series takes gamers into the land of Hyrule where you are given the task to save Princess Zelda and your beloved homeland from the evil ruler known as Ganon. With the Triforce power of courage by your side, you make your way through epic dungeons ranging from gloomy forests, to the heart of a volcano, and even the depths of the sea. The formula is perfect and the story is inspiring so the game leaves us always longing for more.
How do you top perfection? That’s what we have been asking ourselves about this nearly perfect series we all know and love. Which is why we have a new segment for the site called My Wii News Triforce in dedication to this masterpiece of game that Miyamoto has created. Roughly each week, expect three of us to give you a little piece of our minds in a couple of short paragraphs, letting you guys know what we think about the games that we love and can’t wait to love. The answers vary depending on the topic, this one centering around the next Zelda title to grace the Wii.Â Triforce, go!
Chris Evans [author]: As somebody who has music from Super Smash Bros Brawl on his iPod, my biggest wish for the next Zelda title is for the music to be performed by a full orchestra.Â Nintendo is home to some of the greatest video game composers around, most notably Koji Kondo, the genius behind the soundtrack for every Zelda title to date, as well as most Mario games and numerous other Nintendo classics.Â However, the music in Zelda games has always been computerized MIDI recordings rather than real instruments.Â You may not think it makes a massive difference, but compare the music in Ocarina of Time or Twilight Princess to the fully orchestrated versions in Super Smash Bros Brawl and you will see what I mean.
The other thing I would love to see is voice acting.Â The settings in Zelda are always massively immersive, but having to read dialogue rather than hear it always seems to remove something from the experience.Â Having said that, the last thing I want is for Link to speak.Â He should always be the silent hero.Â Nintendo have already proved that voice acting in a game with a mute player character can work with Metroid Prime 3, so lets see what the inhabitants of Hyrule have to say for themselves.
Mike Suszek [Editor]: The Legend of Zelda series has been there for me since my favorite on the NES days with Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.Â The RPG aspects of the game, like magic and skills, really set it apart from the rest of the series.
For years, Nintendo has proven that they are willing to spin-off of dedicated genres with their biggest franchises.Â Mario has RPG games, Metroid flipped into the 3D First-Person Adventure world, and Zelda even got a crossbow game.
Since I’m a fan of RPG games, it would be a joy to see genuinely good RPG out for the Wii.Â And if it means going the Star Ocean route and making it an Action RPG, I would happily see the Zelda series go down that road.
That, and I’d love to see more DS/Wii connectivity.Â A new Four Swords Adventures game, in a Phantom Hourglass/Wind Waker style, would be exciting for the Wii as well, and very possible.Â After all, Miyamoto let slip that BOTH DS and Wii Zelda teams are hard at work.Â As if there isn’t more that could excite you, if download numbers are good for Mega Man 9 and the generous team at Capcom, the Wii could see more retro revisits.Â What better series to keep the ball rolling than Zelda?
Lucas Tollini [author]: The Legend of Zelda series has always been my favorite gaming franchise and with Ocarina of Time being my favorite game in the series, I would like the next Zelda to once again follow along the lines of Ocarina of Time (like twilight princess did). But that doesn’t mean I don’t want anything changed or new, as Chris has already said before, I would like to see voice acting in the game. Reading the text of every single character in the game gets tedious and can be avoided with some good voice acting. The cut scenes could use some more cinematic elements as well.
One thing I would not want to see make a comeback is cel-shaded graphics. When I first saw Wind Waker, I was devastated. I thought we were going to get a cool looking, realistic, next-gen Zelda game for the Gamecube. Instead we had gotten a cartoony, and in my opinion, stupid looking game. Now this is just my opinion, and I know that a lot of people actually liked Wind Wakers graphics, but I didn’t.
One more thing, I have been playing The Legend of Zelda for quite a bit and while I still love the franchise I think it could use a small change. Either story or gameplay wise. More of an RPG element would be awesome as Mike stated above, but I would just like to see what Nintendo has in store for us. So Nintendo, surprise me!
We started it off, you guys finish it.Â You can find the forums here, where we already have a discussion setup.Â So tell us: what would improve the next Zelda game?Â Should we go retro, or should we push the system’s limits?