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Yesterday, we posted a Miiverse message from Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, who spoke briefly about the upcoming entry in the series for Wii U. Strangely, the original Japanese note included an extra tidbit not included in the English translation.

Aonuma mentioned in his original post that he wants to let other people play Zelda Wii U – such as a demo on the show floor – at E3 2015. With Nintendo targeting a launch next year, that does make sense! It just means we’ll be seeing it later in 2015, which most probably expected.

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Game Informer has put up a few new comments from Eiji Aonuma regarding The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Aonuma discussed the fan reaction to the game thus far, and also remained mum for the most part on Link. You’ll find his comments below.

This information comes from Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma…

“It’s a rumour. Actually that comment I made jokingly. It’s not that I said that it wasn’t Link. It’s that I never said that it was Link. It’s not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way. It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying ‘oh it’s a female character’ and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that was humour. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement.”

“I don’t want people to get hung up on the way Link looks because ultimately Link represents the player in the game. I don’t want to define him so much that it becomes limiting to the players. I want players to focus on other parts of the trailer and not specifically on the character because the character Link represents, again, the player.”

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This information comes from Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, speaking with Game Informer…

Within the Zelda canon, there is the timeline, but there has always been the sense of the main story and kind of a side story. Like, Majora’s Mask might be considered part of that, though it does exist as part of the timeline. With Hyrule Warriors, there is a link between the two, but it exists as a separate dimension, so it doesn’t exist as part of the main canon. Lately I have been thinking of it similar to The Avengers.

Maybe if you force it in somewhere, but that’s not something we want to do. The universe of Hyrule Warriors really is sort of a different universe and it is connected to the timeline of the Zelda series, but it is connected to several different games throughout the series. If you try and force this into it here [Aonuma places his hands in the air indicating different levels of the timeline], then…that information might not be complete. We really don’t want to put it in the timeline because it has links to the different parts of the timeline.

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Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma posted a message on Miiverse today, briefly touching on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Hyrule Warriors. In his message, Aonuma reconfirmed that yesterday’s video was comprised of “actual gameplay on Wii U.” You can find the full Miiverse post below.

Nintendo debuted a first video for The Legend of Zelda on Wii U earlier today. One character was shown, though some have debated if it was Link, female Link, or someone else entirely.

Now Eiji Aonuma has added a little more mystery to the mix. According to the Zelda producer, “No one explicitly said that that was Link.”

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Even more Hyrule Warriors details and developer comments have come out of this week’s Famitsu. Once again, the information comes from producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi as well as Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma.

Here’s the latest information from the magazine:

Koinuma on whether we’ll see a similar selection of wide-ranging characters…

“Out of all the playable characters [in Hyrule Warriors], there are some surprising characters that made us say ‘why did you pick this one?!’” added Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma.

– Koinuma said Aonuma didn’t have any requests for certain characters to be included
– Tecmo Koei took care of most of this
– He also joked that Hyrule Warriors has so many characters, that his own staff would get mad at him if he were to ask them to do something similar
– Hayashia said characters can change their weapons and have a completely different fighting style
– Weapon enhancements and character growth systems included
– The Fire Rod-type item seen in the trailer isn’t from the Zelda series
– If a rod like that existed in The Legend of Zelda, we wouldn’t be able to use it in the same way
– Weapons and other important in Hyrule Warriors are acquired through treasure chests
– Hayashi also said that the iconic treasure chest opening animation has been prepared for all of the playable characters

“This is actually a very valuable scene [in The Legend of Zelda]. And this also applies to Hyrule Warriors.” – Aonuma

– According to Hayashi, The Legend of Zelda games have very high-quality boss fights, and if Tecmo Koei were to try emulating something similar, they wouldn’t stand a chance
– Bosses will instead have a Warriors touch by having instances where you’ll face a bunch of smaller enemies to charge up your meter, then unleash a special attack on the boss
– There will also be more Zelda-like features, such as strategically using items that can be found around stages to take on the boss

Message for the fans…

Koinuma: “We plan on having Hyrule Warriors’ first playable demo at E3 this year. With E3 being the opener, we’ll be releasing more and more new information afterwards, so please look forward to it!”

Hayashi: “After watching the trailer that will be shown at E3, it would make us happy to know that you guys will get a better idea of what we’re trying to do. We’ll sequentially reveal the other playable characters, so don’t miss it!”

Aonuma: “I believe it’s safe to say that this title was born as one of the answers from thinking of a new The Legend of Zelda game. By all means, we’d love to have as many people possible enjoy this game.”

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Siliconera has translated more quotes from Famitsu’s Hyrule Warriors interview featuring commentary from Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma and Tecmo Koei producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi.

All three discussed how the game came to be a bit more further, confirming elements such as how this is the first time that Omega Force and Team Ninja are working together. Aonuma also shared an interesting comment having stated, “I wanted Tecmo Koei to make a Zelda game that I can’t make.”

Read on below for the latest roundup of Famitsu interview bits.

Siliconera has translated parts of Famitsu’s interview with the developers behind Hyrule Warriors. Supervisor Eiji Aonuma, producer Hisashi Koinuma, and producer Yosuke Hayashi discussed the game’s origins in-depth. You’ll find translations from the interview after the break.

ONM has put up its full interview with Zelda series producer and Zelda: A Link Between Worlds composer Ryo Nagamatsu. Between the two, there’s talk about the need to innovate with the franchise, how A Link Between Worlds has created a new direction for potential Zelda games which make use of the top-down view, and more.

Head past the break for comments from Aonuma and Nagamatsu. You can find even more quotes on ONM here.