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Mark Newton

I spent an unhealthy amount of my youth riding around Hyrule on Epona, playing the ocarina and trying to solve that darn Water Temple, so it's with this in mind I'm skeptical of anything to do with The Legend of Zelda movie.

Video games do not make good movies. We know that. That's a scientific fact. Just like "every action will have an equal and opposite reaction", "every video game movie will suck and alienate the original fan base". Issac Newton totally said that.

However, it seems the possible Legend of Zelda movie could shake stuff up a bit. Instead of trying to break the normal big screen formula, it seems Nintendo want to try out something new. Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma told Kotaku:

This is something that me and Mr. Miyamoto talked about. If we were to make a Zelda title, if we had interest in doing that, I think really what would be most important to us is to be able to play with the format of a movie, make it more interactive, like you're able to take your 3DS into the theater and that leads you into participating in it somehow. We wouldn't want to make it the same as any other movie. We want to somehow change what a movie is.

Hmmm. Sounds controversial. Nintendo should certainly be applauded for being innovative, but I'm not entirely sure how this idea could work, especially in the theater. This kind of sounds like turning the movie into a video game, which begs the question: "Why bother making a movie in the first place?" But then again, I'm a cynical Luddite who's scared of technology. I'm still not entirely sure who or what Siri is.

If this idea has already made you angry enough to want to type a 400 word tirade against Nintendo in the comments section, then you might want to hang on just a few more seconds. All of this talk is still very much unconfirmed spit-balling. Although a Zelda movie has been mentioned for a few years now, nothing particularly solid has been forthcoming. After the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. fiasco, Nintendo have been famously protective of their franchises, so I wouldn't get too upset just yet.

What do you think? Great revolutionary idea, or just a stupid gimmick? Let us know below.


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