Zelda for Wii U in 2014 - Report

Source says biggest Nintendo team ever building most expensive project in company history for new console; will run on new game engine built specifically for tablet controller.

Nintendo's iconic Zelda series will arrive on the Wii U in 2014, according to a new report at Wii U Daily. A source from Nintendo's Japanese office claims that the company has assembled the biggest team in company history, numbering "hundreds" of developers, to work on the most expensive project in company history.

Nintendo is going big for its Wii U Zelda project, the source claims.

"This is Rockstar/GTA territory," the source said.

Development on the new Zelda project, which does not have a full title yet, is being led by series producer Eiji Aonuma, who has reportedly been working on the project since late 2010. The game was supposedly planned to arrive during fall 2013 in order to help Wii U sales in the face of new competition from Microsoft and Sony. Both companies are believed to be launching new consoles during that window. However, Nintendo's original launch target has since been abandoned.

As for the game itself, the source claims Zelda for Wii U will feature about the same number of dungeons as previous Zelda games, but these areas will be "vastly bigger in scope" and vary greatly. The game is reportedly going to have mini-games and side quests, but these endeavors are "still on the drawing board." Additionally, the source says Zelda for Wii U will feature a new orchestral soundtrack with "hours of music."

Concerning the game's story, and where it takes place in the Zelda timeline, the source did not have information about this. The source says the Link in the new Zelda project is "grown up," but did not share further information.

Further, the source claims Zelda for Wii U will not have online multiplayer, but will work with Nintendo's new social networking service Miiverse. According to the tipster, the game's online component has only been in development since summer 2012 and remains "on paper only."

The insider adds that Zelda for Wii U run in full high-definition, with a new "state of the art" game engine that was built from the ground up. The game reportedly boasts the "most advanced visual features Nintendo has ever made," and includes various third-party technologies, including Havok and Umbra.

The source also claimed that the Zelda demo Nintendo showed during its 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo was merely a technology presentation made by a different team with an older engine.

Lastly, Zelda for Wii U will rely heavily on the console's tablet controller, according to the source. The game was reportedly built from the ground up with the controller in mind, with "every single feature in the controller used to its full potential."

The most recent Zelda game was 2011's Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which launched for the Wii to a strong critical reception.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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NoSoul81
NoSoul81

Confirmed for 2015 or later then.

Vintendo33189
Vintendo33189

DOPE! I love each and every Zelda game and this addition to the franchise will be the reason why I purchase a Wii U. I'm curious to see what the "back to basics" part means...

stubiusmaximus
stubiusmaximus

I LOVE SS and the control system. It was so much fun chopping up baddies! Sorry Gamespot...I'm going with IGN on this one. That said, I am REALLY excited for an HD Zelda! They are hyping it pretty intensely....hope it lives up to it.

TheWindWaker333
TheWindWaker333

This is a very good and accurate video. I'm surprised that I haven't seen this on a Zelda fansite.

sLymE123
sLymE123

Its funny how everyone complains about zelda being an old franchise, but when there is a new CoD or FiFa (both of them suck in my opinion) nobody complains. I dont care if its a new or an old franchise as long as it is a good game.And to the people who are only interested in graphics and not in good gameplay, buy a PC and not a Console.

DevaGolgotha
DevaGolgotha

Screw the graphics, bring on the strategic, dense, and overall amazing Zelda game that I know you'll make, Aonuma!

thingta42
thingta42

I lost interest in the Zelda series twilight princess. By all means TP was my favourite Zelda game next to ocarina of time. But i've moved on from 480p back in 2006. And i haven't even thought about Skyward Sword. I need my Zelda games like Skyrim at this in my life. Short story is. Nintendos next console is HD so im instantly buying it and all their first party games knowing that im going to get a visual HD Experience on my big 37 inch HDTV

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

wow theres a surprise!! another age old franchise that will be rehashed... rinsed and repeated on the next nintendo toy/gimmick... I don't understand why they think people will buy old tech hardware at ridiculous prices? My PC is more powerful than my 360... your not gonna tempt me into buying the Wii U just because it has a bloody second screen on its controller

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Hooray, god knows it's been what, months? since they last recycled Zelda.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

This is good news. This means the confidence and success of Wii U and then the ultimate game for Nintendo to compete with 720 or (PS4),.much like the time of Donkey Kong on SNES vs Wipeout on PS1.

ZeldaGenius
ZeldaGenius

and NO MORE spirit vessel hunts..that shit is entirely too much and not necessary in the least bit

ZeldaGenius
ZeldaGenius

I think it'd be cool if they made the world more along the lines of Skyrim..and implement a "young link" in a way other than time..such as a potion or item of some sort that grants link youth only for a limited time before you have to replenish said item.

ZeldaGenius
ZeldaGenius

Why is everyone saying "oh i'm excited for Wii U NOW" as if you didn't already know it was coming. A Nintendo system without a Zelda title or Mario title might as well be used as nothing more than something to break tree down on.

Purify
Purify

Strong Critical reception?The only ones that were stupid enough to give the Legend Of Zelda:Skyward Sword a strong reception were the editors at gamespot, seriously you claim to know about videogames and you give a game like that that the critics around the world praised for its near perfection a mediocre rating, you don´t know anyhthing

sabresieben
sabresieben

All I see is a lot of the age old fanboyism of "Nintendo created this, Nintendo created that.  Sony and Microsoft wouldn't be who they are without Nintendo".  Yea, ok.  Cavemen invented the wheel, bud, but we have Ferraris now.  Good games deserve better systems.

deviant74
deviant74

Looks like I will be buying the Wii U with a smile on my face, instead of just pay homage.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

An HD Zelda game like never before is in the works? This I gotta see Nintendo!

csward
csward

*crossing my fingers that Nintendo evolves the game play, presentation and story telling*

gashoe13
gashoe13

Personally, i'm more excited for the orchestral score. 

PistolGanglings
PistolGanglings

Damn it i hoping the graphics art would be like the one from the tech demo, that was perfect with enough color and not too dark, similar to ocarina of time/majora mask. Twilight was a little bit too dark but i guess i wouldn't mind if they do it like twilight.

wyan_
wyan_

You don't say.....

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

Don't tempt me, Nintendo! I never wanted anything to do with the Wii U until now!

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

I think given the power of the new Wii U, the graphics on this will be pretty breathtaking to say the least. Full HD? Most games now on consoles use 720P and upconvert.Now how powerful is the new Wii U? Eh? Eh? :p

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @thingta42 

You really missed out if you gave Skyward Sword a pass just because it's in 480p, the game is still beautiful and is an amazing experience all around and really takes the game in a different direction. 

WC3notWoW
WC3notWoW

 @DCUltrapro If Microsoft already tricked you into paying $200+ for shovelware that can't do anything that a PC can't do, you can't really take a tone of moral superiority over people who buy a system that isn't a crappy PC.

el3m2tigre
el3m2tigre

 @DarkSaber2k Welp, each one is different to the last. As long as they don't copy and paste it like, say, call of duty, then it's all good.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DarkSaber2k 

10 months since they last released a Zelda title that was over 4 years in development, because that's what companies do when they "recycle" series right? Spend a buttload of time on it ensuring that it's the best experience we could possibly get. 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @Purify "Strong critical reception" means critics really liked it. Learn2english.

WC3notWoW
WC3notWoW

 @sabresieben You know, I agree.

 

I can't believe that people still pay money for crappy PCs that plug into their TVs.

 

Wait...Sony?  Microsoft? You think that shovelware like the PS3 and the XBox 360 are "Ferrarris"? 

 

Ah...to be 12 again.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @sabresieben 

So just because a system has "more technology jammed into it" it's automatically better? Got it, then the 3DO, Jaguar, and Saturn must've been the best systems of their time. It's not fanboyism if people are giving respect where its due, it's more fanboyish to hate on a company just because you didn't care for their gaming console. 

csward
csward

 @cf_Kage About as powerful as a PS3 is now, if not slightly worse :p

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

 @WC3notWoW theres a difference between a company making a games console for proper gamers and a company making something PURELY to cash in on the masses own ignorance 

sabresieben
sabresieben

 @abHS4L88 You might want to take a second look at your logic.  You're arguing in circles.  If specs didn't make a console great then what would beside interface? Wii's interface was nothing special, nor did it offer much in online support for content or gaming.  Your answer cannot be games alone, because that has nothing to do with the console's performance itself.  A  console's accreditation is based on its ability to provide enough support for all its games' needs.  Nintendo is not only half a decade behind in hardware, but has little to offer in varied gameplay.  Third parties don't go after it because it cannot support gigantic seamless worlds, or average game engines. Giving respect where it's due is always important, but it is misplaced when it is directed towards nothing but nostalgia.  That's all Nintendo is.  Nostalgia.  History.  Good memories.  Obsolete. 

samurai123666
samurai123666

 @csward  @cf_Kage lol you dont research before you post bullshit do you? it is much more powerful then the xbox/ps3. it has also been confirmed that it will not be that far off from the next generation capabilities with the 720/ps4. the only thing bad about the wiiu is the processor. i though that decision was stupid but the gpu is very powerful.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @csward  

It's already been confirmed that the Wii U will not only have around double the RAM but be able to produce much better visuals than the PS3. The only thing is that the CPU clocks a little bit slower, but most likely to keep the system from overheating (since you know, Nintendo likes to ensure their systems don't fail on you).

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

 @csward The only reason the PS3 is so powerful is due to the Cell processor. The actual graphics chip is worse off than the one in the Xbox 360.If the Wii U can power most if not all games at 1080p when it launches, it is more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3 graphics chip anyway, and no doubt it will be tech wise.The only thing that could potentially hold it back will be the processor it uses.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @AnnouncerJesse  @thingta42 

Wow really? You must have some impossibly high standards if you thought Skyward Sword looked like crap. The character models were smooth and great looking, the environments were lush and vibrant.

 

As for the controls, it's called getting used to it and learning how the WiiMotion Plus read your movements, after that I was able to control Link almost perfectly every time, and I was always able to pause when I wanted to. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DarkSaber2k 

That's one example genius, now if I talked about something different about Sony then you'd have a point. 

 

Try educating yourself with how to argue then come back to me with a valid response. 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @abHS4L88 "So how come Sony gets a free pass for their PSP?"  "Sony's decision to make multiple PSP models"

 

"I only used Sony as an example once"

 

Can't count to two, your opinion is invalid.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DarkSaber2k 

I wasn't being overly defensive, I just thought it interesting that you'd call a series that's known to be in development for a long time and constantly changes itself up as recycled. 

 

Did I ever say Sony was worse or continue to press the subject (and I only used Sony as an example once so I don't know where you're getting this idea that I'm repeatedly bringing Sony up)? You brought up consoles, so if you were going to judge Nintendo for making several DS's then why not Sony?  

 

Even if you don't own any Sony products, if you're going to use history to supplement your argument, be prepared for it to be used against you also.

 

I don't see how my other comments can be used against me, I've only stated facts and my opinion on other things (like the Sept. 13th event). 

 

Oh and don't worry, I LOVE it when people use my avatar against me, it just shows that they really have no better reason to call me a fanboy, when I simply just have this avatar because Kirby is one of my favorite videogame characters, has nothing to do with loyalty towards Nintendo. Finally, I didn't rail on you first, I was simply arguing with your statement, then of course you played the fanboy card which any ignorant person would do because you know, the real definition of a fanboy is someone who blindly and illogically defends what they love. Have a fun life :D

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@abHS4L88

It's also funny how you attempt to rail on me for something that you did first. But anyway, no, I judge you based on the following:

 

Being overly defensive over a simple statement of fact right from your first reply (which also ignored several games that contradicted your own statement)

 

Bringing Sony up repeatedly as "worse" despite neither me or the article mentioning Sony. (Again, I don't mention Sony because it's a NINTENDO article, just like how I don't bring up Nintendo in a Sony article.)

 

Seeming to assume I actually OWN any sony products (aside from a truly awful MP3 player.)

 

Your other comments in this very article.

 

The avatar is just the cherry on the cake as it were. (Or maybe "final nail in the coffin" is more appropriate!) People like you make the comments section worthwhile. Thanks for playing!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DarkSaber2k 

Oh judging me by my avatar? Just shows how ignorant you are. 

 

Well if you're going to judge a business that's doing something that works and really has nothing wrong with it (did the DSi force you to buy it? Did the XL force you to buy it?) then judge everyone else who's doing it. 

 

I'm not judging Sony's decision to make multiple PSP models, especially since I never owned a PSP. 

 

You have lots to learn if you think I'm a fanboy. 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @abHS4L88 Why would I mention Sony in an article about Nintendo? I'll save that for articles about Sony. Thanks for confirming the fanboy theory though.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DarkSaber2k 

So how come Sony gets a free pass for their PSP? There were just as many different models of the PSP (I think one more actually) than there were DS models. That's the handheld market basically. There were 2 (or 4 if you lived in Japan) models of the GameBoy, 1 GameBoy Color, 2 GBA's and if it wasn't for the existence of an online shop and the boost of Wifi enabled devices, we probably would've only seen 2 DS models. 

 

EVERY company is going to have blind fanboys, that's the nature of things, so don't only call out Nintendo for having it just because you don't like what they're putting out. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @sabresieben 

Yes the specs need to be up to date to keep up with what developers are currently working with. Granted the Wii is by no means the best example of Nintendo's variety of games (Gamecube showed that off better) but it is home to some of the best games they've ever created.  

 

I'm not saying put Nintendo on a pedestal a praise it as the greatest developer out there, but just because the Wii wasn't up to date in hardware doesn't by any means mean they're obsolete, especially when the biggest innovations in gaming in the past decade came from them, and the others from Sega, don't kid yourself by thinking that Sony and Microsoft are constantly trying to push hardware innovation, they are REALLY good at polishing things up and making it better, but when it comes to coming up with their own ideas, well they haven't really done that yet. 

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

 @samurai123666  @csward I actually mentioned in my comment that if it can power games at 1080p natively then it is effectively better than the Xbox 360/PS3 anyway since they have to upscale a lot of the time. Where in my comment did I mention it wasn't better than? It's obvious the tech will be more advanced; At least in terms of revisions of such parts. The rumoured 6000 series of GPU's for example beats the hell out of the older style GPU's in the Xbox 360/PS3.As for the next gen consoles, it could be true, though I think the processors will be of much higher spec, and as the cell has shown, the processor is important for games too. Microsoft and Sony already probably have units that match what the xbox 720/PS4 will have, and in terms of price, the 6000 series in terms of GPU is probably also what they have in mind, but who knows?In my opinion, they will really have to throw the gauntlet, even if it is slightly more expensive in the end