The popular Youtube channel Did You Know Gaming? recently blessed Nintendo fans with a new translation of a lost interview. The interview comes from Japanese Nintendo Dream Magazine that was originally published in the mid-2000’s.
Despite being lost for close to 2 decades, the freshly translated interview reveals Shigeru Miyamoto wasn’t a fan of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker’s “toon” art style.
The interview focuses around Eiji Aonuma, the producer of the Legend of Zelda series. During this interview Aonuma highlights Miyamoto found it difficult to take the Zelda series in a different art direction. Referring to the “toon” anime-style graphics many Zelda fans were dubious about when it debuted.
Eiji Aonuma who is also a deputy general manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development division, revealed Shigeru Miyamoto “cringed” and claimed Wind Waker wouldn’t sell!
Like some Zelda fans, Shigeru Miyamoto preferred more realistic art styles such as those used for Ocarina or Time and Majora’s Mask. However due to time constraints, Miyamoto gave the project the green-light for the simple fact there wasn’t enough time to develop another title.
Knowing this information, there’s no surprise the next instalment of a 3D Zelda game was Twilight Princess. A game released on Gamecube before becoming a launch title on the Nintendo Wii.
Fortunately for Nintendo the “toon” art style was well received by Zelda fans.
Although not surpassing the 7.6 million record previously set by Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker did sell 4.6 million copies. Not including future remakes.
Did you know since these earlier records, Zelda: Breath of the Wild has outsold every previous 3D Zelda game combined?
Are you a fan of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker? Would you like to see it re-released on Nintendo Switch?Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.