‘The Legend of Zelda’ Producer Teases Multiplayer on Wii U

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The Legend of Zelda Wii U Multiplayer

After several years of teasing, Nintendo finally gave fans their first look at The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) at E3 2014. The trailer wasn’t long, and it didn’t show much, but that brief tease was enough to sate fans that had been dying to see their beloved franchise make a triumphant return.

At the same time, The Legend of Zelda trailer brought with it a lot of questions. Early on, there was talk of whether or not the hero in the trailer was Link, or even a boy, but since then Series Producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed the bow-wielding protagonist is Link.

However, while Aonuma was putting one rumor to bed, he unleashed a brand new one with talk of multiplayer for Zelda on Wii U. To be fair, Aonuma’s quotes to CVG are quite vague, but they do suggest that some form of two-player experience will be headed to the franchise next year.

Aonuma contextualizes the concept of multiplayer within the framework of Hyrule Warriors, the other Zelda release coming to Wii U. As the Series Producer explains, the two-player implementation — one on TV and one on gamepad — used in that game has sparked a curiosity in the Zelda Wii U team.

“The two-player functionality of Hyrule Warriors is actually something that has traditionally been done in the Dynasty Warriors series, but they’ve changed because of the hardware and the second screen on your GamePad. Instead of having a splitscreen on the television, you have one-player playing on the television and one on the GamePad. When I was talking back about making Zelda more than just a single-player experience? That’s something you will see in the future, maybe next year.”

Unfortunately, that’s all we are going to get when it comes to multiplayer Zelda talk. And based on Aonuma’s comments it doesn’t sound like the game will necessarily include multiplayer in the traditional sense. It could be that the game uses the gamepad for a support role, like having a second player control a Navi-esque character, but that would be slightly disappointing.

Zelda 2015 screenshot

At the same time, the idea of introducing multiplayer into The Legend of Zelda in any form could be met with some resistance from hardcore fans. That isn’t to say multiplayer is a completely alien concept to the franchise, but the main games have been largely single player experiences.

Regardless, it seems pretty clear that Nintendo is looking to change things up with The Legend of Zelda on Wii U, both because the franchise has hit a rut for some people and also because the modern gaming landscape has changed. Hence the inclusion of an open world in the game. The game certainly looks good, but we still don’t know enough to render even a verdict on its potential.

Do you think The Legend of Zelda on Wii U should include multiplayer? How would you like to see it implemented?

The Legend of Zelda is targeting a 2015 release on Wii U.

Source: CVG

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TAGS: Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda, Wii U

  • ios

    New Zelda or should I say the Characters seen so far look r5eally not that good compared to what was shown 2 years ago !
    I think a more darker approach as in Twilight Princess would have been better and preferred by many fans !

    The look shown reminds more of a Ghibli look..not a bad thing,but disappointed after seeing the first Wii U demo back then !

    As for Multiplayer..Thanks no if its as many,and interesting if for 2 Players ! Kinda control the navi and one controls the Link !

    • Daniel Carlson

      they stressed that the video you saw was a tech demo. they always have a tech demo to showcase what a system ‘can’ do. nintendo has chosen zelda as a good way to show off.


      thats a tech demo for the gamecube. the zelda we got was wind waker. just saying

    • Iggy777

      And that Trailer 2 years ago was just a Tec Demo for the WiiU

  • Iggy777

    I’m happy that they gave this one a cell-shaded look reminds me of Wind waker. as for 2 player it sounds like a fun idea, but i will not touch it.

  • ios

    As I mentioned above “Demo” 2 years ago !
    Wish they would had gone with that style,but it’s all personal preferences !

  • Mr. V

    I prefer my Zelda experience to be single player. That said, I wouldn’t mind a multiplayer component as long as it is not an essential part of the game. Either way, I am super excited for an open world Zelda game!

  • dethfuse

    The graphics in the game look horrible.

    • a real Legend ofZelda fan

      these graphics are awsome. are blind or stupid?

  • a real Legend of Zelda fan

    Realistic graphics are cool and all and I would like to see that style return but these graphics are awesome I don’t care what you dumbshits say and I think a two player would be cool as long as the story bosses and landscape would be altered to make working as a team an important part of co-op.

    • a real Legend of Zelda fan

      and one player would not have the co-op stuff of course.