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Zelda: Breath of the Wild director still trying to find his trademark on the series

Posted on January 7, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch, Wii U

Zelda: Breath of the Wild producer Hidemaro Fujibayashi has actually been working on the franchise for quite awhile. He directed a few different entries, including Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Skyward Sword, and more.

Although Fujibayashi has greatly contributed to Zelda, he’s not quite sure what his lasting mark on the series will be. In his view, he’s still figuring that out.

Fujibayashi told GamesRadar:

“I think I’d have to say I maybe haven’t quite found it yet. When you look at all of the Zelda games, you have first off the Zelda games that Mr. [Shigeru] Miyamoto was mostly in charge of. And then you have the Mr. Aonuma Zelda games. And I think in making Breath of the Wild, there’s obviously a lot of Zelda elements that existed in both of those two strains of Zelda games. I’ve definitely done a lot work to maintain what was fun about those and keep those in Breath of the Wild too. And certainly a lot of my own ideas, in terms of trying to keep those elements in the game, have gone into Breath of the Wild. But in terms of my own trademark… I think I’d have to say I haven’t found it yet.”

Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma also participated in the interview, and had a suggestion. Similar to Skyward Sword and Oracle of Ages, there’s a point in Breath of the Wild in which you’re practically naked – which Aonuma believes could be Fujibayashi’s trademark for now.

Aonuma said:

“We were talking about this recently. So in Breath of the Wild there’s an island where you get stripped of all of your items and you start out naked. And we were kind of thinking, ‘Wait, there was something similar to that in Skyward Sword and Oracle of Ages.’ So we were thinking maybe that’s his kind of trademark.”


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  • Ragnell

    I loved the Oracle pair. Even more so than Link’s Awakening.

    • Burning Gravity

      oh hey, someone else who likes the Oracle games.

      I enjoyed those more than I did all of the 3D ones… up until Breath of the Wild. A bit of an “abnormal” opinion, I suppose XP.

      Didn’t play Skyward Sword though, so can’t comment on that one.

      • Indielink

        Oracle games best games.

      • Ragnell

        I played them again recently and still enjoyed them as much as I did in the past. They were solid games and Capcom did a good job.

        If I had to rank the 2D zeldas though…
        Oracles, ALBW, Awakening, ALTTP, Minish Cap, Spirit Tracks, 4 Swords Adventures, Phantom Hourglass and if you can count this… Triforce Heroes

  • JasonBall

    This is dumb. Why does he have to have a trademark?

    • ImReallyNotAmused

      because he’s the director now, “A David Cage game” a “todd howard game” a “Hideo Kojima” game. Their games have a certain element that you can relate to the directors. BTW i think the physics engine and freedom is his trademark.

    • Burning Gravity

      I think it’s a Japanese sort of thing. People leaving their impact on something they worked on for years to come… or something like that.

      • JasonBall

        It’s just Nintendo usually makes it a group/community effort to develop games. I don’t usually see independent guys trying to be different.

    • GoldenTriforce

      People involved in a creative project want to be able to have impact and have control over it, but also be able to make it your own. If your a director, you want to make a project that is yours.

  • Apfel

    I hope the rumored 3ds Zelda game is Breath of the Wild 3ds, the 8-bit demo showed in Paris turned into a game.

  • R.Z.

    the Naked Link director.
    Kojima is going to be jealous.

  • MajoraMan28

    Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild are, imo, the best Zelda games of all time.
    This man is a legend. I think his trademark is challenging Zelda conventions, adapting the world to fit a more realistic setting and his effort to make Zelda a more real and relatable character.
    I wished BotW had an excellent story as the one in SS.