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This is an extremely insightful interview that covers pretty much everything you could possibly wonder about Zelda games. We already posted a snippet of the interview in our last post, but you can check out the entire discussion below.

Aonuma on the technical difficulties of Skyward Sword’s on-stage presentation…

“Well, really all it was was an accident in the presentation. I think Mr. Miyamoto did a great job following up with that. That being said, the best way to understand how the play controls are really implemented is to get hands-on time with it, and we hope that you’re able to do that and that you’ll follow up with an article explaining about how good the controls actually are.”

This information comes from Eiji Aonuma…

“We’ve talked about remixing Ocarina of Time for a long time, saying ‘should we remake Ocarina of Time for Wii?’ And, to be honest, I said no. I didn’t want to just re-release it on a different platform — I wanted to have a specific reason to remake Ocarina of Time. I didn’t want to just make a port. And so I was waiting for something to come along that would not only help us to retell the story, but improve upon it. Making it different, more unique in its own way. Now, with 3D, we’re able to take the environments of Hyrule and add depth — giving them a more expansive feeling, a more immersive feeling. In addition to that, now that we have the 3D we can looking forward to new ways to implement 3D into the gameplay and make it fresh and new. And we also have the motion sensors that are built-in to the Nintendo 3DS. So we’re looking at quite a few ways to make the gameplay more immersive, more natural, more accessible. So again, not just a port — but a retelling of the tale using new technologies to reinvent it.”

Even though the 3DS remake will take advantage of the system’s 3D graphics, it will also include new gameplay elements. Like Aonuma said, the developers are incorporating the handheld’s new features so that it will be fresh even after all these years. Looks like I’ll be buying yet another version of Ocarina of Time!


This information comes from EA’s Ryan Stradling, who was speaking about the 3DS on Nintendo’s E3 site…

“Playing games is about playing with my friends, and I want to know when my other friends are online, and that’s going to give me the ability and it’s also going to let me know what games they’re playing, real-time updates that I can get via that, sports scores because I’m interested in sports, exchanging achievements with other players that are in 3D. When you look at the DS penetration rate, there’s going to be a lot of friends for me to go talk to and communicate with.”

I’m marking this as a rumor for now since Nintendo has yet to confirm this information outright. Also, the voice chat bit isn’t too clear at this point. Still, this news sounds exciting nonetheless.

Source 1, Source 2

This information comes from an Iwata Asks 3DS interview with Hideki Konno

“So if I play Nintendogs, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, and Pokemon, and if all these games support the new functionality, regardless of what game I’m playing, communication car occur for all of them.” – Satoru Iwata

Some people have already started speculating that Black/White will end up being a 3DS-enhanced game, but I’m not too sure about that. Personally, it seems like it was an offhand remark. Eventually, though, you’ll see Pokemon on the new handheld in some form.

Thanks to Lucas C for the tip!

– Takes place on a giant ocean liner, terrifying storm
– Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine are on the ship
– The two are arguing while a prisoner looks on
– Use the analog stick to watch the scene from different viewpoints
– Zoom in/out with A/B buttons



LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2010) — Square Enix Co., Ltd. (SQUARE ENIX) announced today KINGDOM HEARTS 3D (tentative title) for Nintendo 3DS™.

With a colorful cast of characters appearing in the Disney worlds in 3D, players can delve into a lifelike story and world in KINGDOM HEARTS 3D (tentative title). Get to better know all the familiar and beloved characters through this title.

– Rolling log effect for the game world
– Game seems to have new characters
– Has impressive texture detail (possibly surpassing Wii)


On the DS, h.a.n.d. has created the Kingdom Hearts game. For Nintendo’s next handheld, though, it seems that there will be a developer switch.

“Right now we can’t say much about it. All I can say is that the Kingdom Hearts for 3DS will not be a port, but a new game. It will probably be developed by the team who was in charge of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, the Osaka team.” – Tetsuya Nomura, Director of the Kingdom Hearts franchise


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