Shigeru Miyamoto, the as-of-yet unretired mastermind behind The Legend of Zelda franchise – among others, of course – revealed to Game Informer that Nintendo does, indeed, have a new Zelda title in the works. Further than that, he says that they were considering showing it at this year’s E3, but decided to wait a little while longer before spilling the beans:
“We’re also working on a new Wii U Zelda game. Work on that is progressing fairly concretely. In fact, we were thinking about showing it here at E3 but decided to wait just a little bit longer before sharing it with everyone.”
As the Wii U is already on store shelves, Nintendo’s showings at E3 haven’t exactly been the focus this year, as many people were keen to see what sort of news Microsoft and Sony would unveil regarding their next-generation console offerings. Doubtless, the reveal of a new Zelda games would have drawn quite a bit of attention, but perhaps Nintendo was better off keeping this particular card close to their chest. After all, they elected not to hold a traditional keynote presentation, probably a smart move considering that their competitors are actively promoting fancy new hardware, which will always be the focus of attention for the majority of the audience. By a similar token, perhaps the Zelda reveal would have been slightly overshadowed, as it didn’t have the kind of grand stage it usually would have.
That said, Miyamoto’s choice to use the words “just a bit longer” suggest that the game will be revealed quite soon. There are a couple of other big events that occur during the summer, so perhaps we’ll hear about this new title before the leaves start changing. Personally, that Zelda title will probably be the game that convinces me to buy a Wii U. If they had announced a new Metroid game, I would have bought one even faster.