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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo came together for the first Hyrule Warriors, a spin-off of the Zelda series, back in 2014. They then collaborated on the just-released Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Now that we’ve seen two of these games, some fans might be wondering if Hyrule Warriors could be its own dedicated spin-off series.

IGN recently spoke with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma as well as Age of Calamity producer Yosuke Hayashi, and asked whether Nintendo is considering making this its own standalone series to go alongside mainline Zelda games. The two developers said in response:

The Game Awards has certainly made a name for itself over the past few years. Millions upon millions of viewers tune in to the show for first looks at new titles and to see all of the trophies handed out. At this point, you could definitely say that it’s one of the industry’s most important events.

Out of everything that has happened at The Game Awards, one of the more monumental moments for creator and host Geoff Keighley was seeing Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma and Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi come on stage to accept their Game of the Year prize. Keighley told Hollywood Reporter:

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Switch has a unique art style that really hasn’t been seen in the series previously. So how did that new look come about in the first place? Hollywood Reporter spoke with franchise producer Eiji Aonuma to learn more.

Aonuma was first asked specifically about the inspiration behind the new art style. In response, he said:

Nintendo has kicked off a new developer blog series for the Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Switch. For the first entry, we get to hear from franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, who discusses the new Chamber Dungeons feature.

Here’s the full blog:

Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has further discussed the origins of Chamber Dungeons in the Link’s Awakening remake on Switch.

In an interview with IGN, Aonuma noted that franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto asked him to come up with a title that would feature Super Mario Maker-like gameplay. Chamber Dungeons were eventually imagined to keep things a bit simpler.

Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma wasn’t originally involved with the creation of Link’s Awakening. He was just a player at the time, but his time with that game would later influence the series in a big way.

Aonuma’s first major role with Zelda came about when he served as director on Ocarina of Time. Speaking in last month’s issue of EDGE, he revealed how Link’s Awakening ended up influencing the making of the N64 title, stating:

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Nintendo has shared a new interview with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma all about Link’s Awakening. During the discussion, Aonuma spoke about how he’s always wanted to remake the Game Boy title, why Chamber Dungeons are a good fit here, what the inspiration behind the art style was, and more.

Here’s the full interview:

IGN has published its full interview with Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma. While much of the discussion has been covered previously, we now have a couple of other interesting excerpts. Aonuma was asked about what he looks for in staffers for the Zelda team and touched on diversity, before later sharing some thoughts on a Zelda movie / TV show.

Below are those new excerpts:

As many fans know, Link turns into a rabbit when he first enters the Dark Realm in Zelda: A Link to the Past. In an interview with Game Informer, director Takashi Tezuka explained how that came to be.

Tezuka said:

Nintendo UK has shared new comments from Eiij Aonuma, the producer of the Zelda series, about Link’s Awakening. Aonuma discusses the new Chamber Dungeons feature and more.

Here’s his full piece:

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