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Aonuma talks about how Zelda: Twilight Princess connected with his wife and son

Posted on March 1, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Nintendo Life recently had the opportunity to speak with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma about Twilight Princess HD. When asked about what makes the game an important entry in the franchise and resonating with players, Aonuma decided to refer to the experiences his wife and son had with the game.

Here’s what he shared:

This is a very difficult question. There’s lots of different things that make Twilight Princess an important title, and I don’t have a single conclusive answer for you. However, there was one thing rather personal to me that stands out. Until the original version was released, my wife had never shown any interest in playing any of the games I’d made. But all of a sudden, without any encouragement from me at all, she played through the whole of Twilight Princess together with our son, who was just three at the time.

I asked her why she decided to play and she replied that she thought the game would be too difficult for our son to play by himself, so at first she wanted to help him by playing through the first part of the game for him. Before she realized it though, she found that she wanted to play through to the end herself. I think that maybe the setting of the game somehow appeals to the kind of people who wouldn’t normally be interested in this type of game.

Even my son, who at the time was too scared of the Imp Poes to play the game has recently played through the Wii version. I didn’t have to encourage him to either, he said that he just thought that maybe now he’d be able to play though to the end. I think that maybe this game has something to it that means you can play it even now without the game feeling too dated. And I think that is even more true with this HD version where you can experience the setting much more vividly. I hope that both people who played the original and those who didn’t will be able to really enjoy delving into the game’s world in this new version. (I’m quite sad that I wasn’t able to tell my son that if he waited a little bit longer then he’d be able to play an HD version, haha).


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