It looks like today’s hot rumor has come in the form of new details leaked on the Japanese message board 2chan about Nintendo’s next installment of The Legend of Zelda, lovingly nicknamed Zelda Wii.

You may ask, “Why, good sir, should I care about rumors posted on some weird message board that sounds disturbingly similar to 4chan?” Well, I’ll tell you. That’s because this “weird message board” has played host to some big rumors in the past that have turned out to be truer than John Wayne’s grit (see what I did there?). Details about Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid 4, Resident Evil 4, and many Square-Enix games have all been posted there and ultimately confirmed.

So perhaps we should take a look?

If it’s not already obvious, the following information will contain SPOILERS if they turn out to be true. If you don’t want to take the chance, then shut off your monitor and go watch Conan.

With a bit of paraphrasing, here are a few:

  • The game will not be the typical overworld/dungeon setup we are accustomed to
  • Gameplay mechanics are finished, characters and story still being worked on
  • Will be able to choose right-handed or left-handed for Link
  • Girl in the concept art is named something like Adelle, Adella, or Aderu, and is not the Master Sword
  • Link’s sword will not be the Master Sword, and you will be able to unlock abilities with it
  • There will be combat on horseback
  • And here’s the Big One: Link may be the Hero of Time with time travel possible, making the story related to both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask

I am still trying to wrap my brain around all of this. If this turns out to be true, it could be that Nintendo listened to complaints about Twilight Princess (and the whole Zelda franchise) concerning reused gameplay mechanics and design.

It looks like exciting things could be ahead for this franchise. I, for one, would welcome innovation, despite having loved every Zelda game in existence. Let’s just make sure we move forward and not backward, eh?

What do you all think? What would you like to see in the next Zelda installment?

Source: Zelda Informer