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A remake of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was once deemed “close to impossible” by series producer Eiji Aonuma, but we know that Switch eventually received a new HD version. Aonuma has now commented on what changed since he made those original comments.

When Aonuma was originally speaking about a re-release of Skyward Sword in 2019, he pointed to the game’s controls as being an issue. Moving from motion controls to buttons wouldn’t be an easy task. Those problems were solved though and we did get a new Switch version a couple of years later.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom official strategy guide book

Original (5/7): Piggyback made an official strategy guide book for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in collaboration with Nintendo back in 2017, and the two sides are teaming up once again – now for Tears of the Kingdom.

Retailer listings have made this known just days before the launch of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. An official description indicates that it will include answers for all of the game’s puzzles, riddles, and mysteries plus a curated walkthrough, an atlas of Hyrule, and more. It’s a big guide standing at nearly 500 pages.

It looks like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom official strategy guide book will have a standard version and collector’s edition. Right now we’re uncertain what the latter offers, but with Breath of the Wild, that game’s collector’s edition guide came in premium hardcover, featured an extra-large map poster, and had a small art section.

The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma believes that Breath of the Wild is a “new kind of format for the series to proceed from”, which has continued with Tears of the Kingdom.

Ocarina of Time kicked off the 3D approach to the series which essentially stayed the same through Skyward Sword in terms of approach and how players experience the adventure. Then with Breath of the Wild, Nintendo went in a different direction by offering a much higher degree of freedom. Aonuma now says that type of experience “has created a new kind of format for the series to proceed from.”

Legend of Zelda movie Aonuma

The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has expressed interested in seeing a movie based on the series.

Aonuma briefly commented on this in an interview with Polygon. When asked if the success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie has him excited for the prospect of a Zelda adaptation, he replied:

Zelda Tears Kingdom Ascend origins debug

The team behind The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom have shared the origins of the new Ascend ability, and it may surprise you how it came to be.

Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi told Polygon that Ascend stems from a debug feature. While exploring caves, he’d use a debug code to get to the top. He then realized that this could be a fun mechanic for the game.

Some Zelda fans have called for the princess herself to take a starring role in Nintendo’s legendary franchise – especially as a playable character. However, we’ve yet to really see that even those the series has been around for decades. While Zelda has been more present on some of Link’s adventures, she often has more of a background role.

So what will it take for Zelda to get an adventure of her own? Vanity Fair recently posted that very question to series producer Eiji Aonuma.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has commented on the impact of The Super Mario Bros. Movie on its business as well as what lies in store for the future.

Speaking during an investor Q&A this week, Furukawa stated that “the movie inspires interest in Mario games and has a positive effect on sales of Nintendo Switch hardware and software over the medium to long term.” He pointed to a growth in Mario merchandise and “a slight rise in activity for classic Mario titles that can be played through Nintendo Switch Online.”

Regarding the future, Furukawa teased plans for a “variety of visual content”.

His full words:

Nintendo Treehouse Live - The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom live stream

A special Nintendo Treehouse: Live event is being held to celebrate the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and the official live stream is ready to go. The fun kicks off at 6:45 PM PT / 9:45 PM ET / 2:45 AM in the UK / 3:45 AM in Europe.

Gameplay will kick off the proceedings. Nintendo says that the “segments avoid story spoilers but will show some gameplay and areas that have not yet been shown to help prepare players for the adventure to come.” After the footage is shown, there’ll be more content counting down to the release.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

It’s time for the newest North American Nintendo Download report for the week of May 11, 2023. The latest releases include The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and more.

Here’s the full roundup:

The latest Japanese hardware sales from Famitsu are as follows*:

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