Wind Waker devs say they considered having beams shoot out of Link's eyes

Nintendo designers recall creator Shigeru Miyamoto saying they needed to come up with a means to justify Link's oversized eyes.


Early in the process of developing the 2003 original The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Nintendo designers considered having beams shoot out of Link's eyes as a means to justify how large they were, it has been revealed.

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"Now that the eyes had gotten much larger, we wanted to make their facial expressions richer by increasing the number of patterns for the eyes and mouth," developer Satoru Takizawa said in the latest Iwata Asks interview feature. "Partway through, we even talked about having beams come out of those eyes! (laughs)."

Takizawa explained that Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto said the development team needed to supply a reason for Link's eyes being so big. However, this feature never made it far. As Takizawa explained, "I don't think [eye] beams were really an option, though."

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launches digitally through the Nintendo eShop tomorrow, September 20, alongside a special $300 Wii U bundle. The packaged version will be released on October 4.

The Wii U's recently announced price cut also goes into effect tomorrow, with the 32GB system dropping from $350 to $300.

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OK, next!

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Beams from eyes?!

Half-Life 3 confirmed.

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Its a cartoon? You don't need to justify any visual quirks.

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So link confirmed for Superman?

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Perfect picture Eddie.

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It's not April 1st, wat is dis.

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Wouldn't that sort of be blasphemy? I guess if the original creator agreed to put it in the game maybe not, but some of the fans would surely think so.

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Wind Waker was a really ambitious project that could have been better. Yeah I love sailing and the first couple dungeons are pretty good but like, despite the size of the world it feels...empty. MM was a lot more jam-packed with content.

I like the latter portion though, freedom to sail around and find triforce pieces didn't really bother me that much.

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They were also going to replace his sword with a solar powered laser beam guitar.

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Sharks with laser beams attached to their heads is a way better idea.

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@Class_Act998675 "Sharks with frickin' lasers..."

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Man that cracked me up, it's bad enough Link looks like he could pass for a Rowdy Ruff Boy, (Not a bad thing mind you.) But laser eyes, I could pay standard DLC price for that! Just for giggles, game developers should add wacky things like this for fun without needing to make a story to justify it.

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@blazingsonic "it's bad enough Link looks like he could pass for a Rowdy Ruff Boy, (Not a bad thing mind you.)"

You lost me there.

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@brainiac1988 @blazingsonic

It's an old show, it's ancient history.

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Definitely would've been interested as a new-game-plus toggle as an easter egg, sort of like how Jak and Daxter allowed you to activate wacky things like big head mode if you collected enough hidden items.

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That is really interesting. /s

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Hahaha, that would have been fun. XD

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How did they go from his eyes being big to shooting lasers beams out of them? I'm not following the logic.

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@DankDutch I think it was a joke that Gamespot is focusing on a little too hard.

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Wind Waker's graphics look wretched to me, mainly because of the character designs and those disgustingly shaped eyes.

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@Thanatos2k nice opinion

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@CheeseRa @Thanatos2k It's a common one.

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Beam dazou! Beam desu!

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what was the point of this article? it was just a joke by the developers

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@thekazumalord Look at who wrote it.

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Good thing that they didn't do that.

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Oh shut up, it's an interesting fact in to the insight of the development of one of the best games ever. It's game news. What more do you want?

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Another article that just made me feel like I wasted 2 minutes. This site doesn't even report on games, just tabloid gossip.

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What?!? Link won't shoot lasers now? That's it, I suicide!

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This seems utterly pointless to report on. Sooooo link was almost a cyclops rip-off? Woo hoo? Why... i can't even care about this anymore xD

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this is a story?

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I expect my HD version to include this great feature. It sounds like it could add a great deal of gameplay possibilities. Or not. Lets go with not.

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Hey... even geniuses make mistakes. At least they were smart enough to not follow through.

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As much as I love Nintendo for the entertainment they provided me as a kid, they've utterly lost the plot.

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Oh, Miyamoto, you silly.

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If I buy this on the eShop will it be transferrable if, say, Nintendo's next console is backwards compatible?

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@StHapns247 I will say yes, as you can transfer all your Wii stuff and use it on the Wii U's Wii emulator.

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Many anime characters have oversized eyes (among other things that are disproportionate) but Link never had saucer eyes in previous games so I see why thought about this. Lol, Link would be like Superman or Cyclops if he had eye beams - that'd look ridiculous.

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IT'S OVER 9000 !!!

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Sexy Beam~?

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I always REALLY hated that graphical style. It's creepy.

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A little bit of trivia info but otherwise useless stuff.

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Freakin' Laser Beams! That would be worth at least ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!! MUWAHAHAHAHA! MUWAHAHAHAHA! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA..................................

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*Facepalm* It's called art style. It doesn't need explaining.

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@The-Neon-Seal How it is it not worth justifying? The decisions you make as artist should reflect your underlying intentions. Art style should be anything but arbitrary.

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@JoSilver What the guy above said. Why do all Anime characters have big eyes? BECAUSE IT'S CALLED ART STYLE. Also, if you think everything done artistically needs an underlying reason for it's being then you are woefully wrong. Artistic approach is one of the few things in this universe that doesn't require explanation. It is creative expression and thats what makes it so good. If I want to make a series of illustrations or drawrings where all the characters had big heads and little limbs like some of the Marvel cover verients or comical Anime I don't need any other explanation than 'because it looks cool and because I wanted to.'

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@JoSilver Uhh it's justified by itself. The art style was super cartoony with a dash of anime. There. Eye size justified. YOU DONT NEED LASERS TO DO THAT.

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Now I'm sad this didn't happen. Who doesn't want an epic showdown between Beamos and Lazor Link?