The Legend of Zelda has truly become a thing of legend within the gaming community. In 1986, Nintendo helped bring the creation of Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka to life in the form of The Legend of Zelda for the Famicom Disc System. Since then, we've seen Link hop across numerous platforms, sell tens of millions of copies worldwide and still continue to uphold an astounding level of quality.
The Legend of Zelda will continue on the Wii U when the game finally receives its release date in 2016. We know little about the title and were thus disappointed when it didn't make an appearance at E3 last month. But looking back over the history of this franchise, there are certain aspects from the series we really want in The Legend of Zelda Wii U.
The Legend of Zelda: One Thing From the Zelda Games Zelda Wii U Needs!
Now, rather than discuss something I know nothing about, I'm simply going to draw from The Legend of Zelda games that I've engaged with - there are certainly a few. So let's take a look at some of the greatest Zelda games ever made and what exactly we want to see Nintendo bring to modern-day Link for his 2016 arrival on the Wii U.
The Legend of Zelda & Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
The original, The Legend of Zelda has already been mentioned in relation to the upcoming instalment in the franchise. Aonuma wants to ensure that Zelda Wii U has the same sense of exploration that the original title envisioned. You had so much freedom over Link's movements and could wander anywhere you so chose. He wants to bring back that sense of adventure and freedom but in a much more impressive way. The Legend of Zelda's spirit will be there on the new game's release date on Wii U.
In terms of Zelda II: Adventures of Link, make sure those experience points, platform-style side-scrolling and multiple lives stay away from Zelda Wii U.
A Link to the Past & Ocarina of Time
A Link to the Past is credited as transforming the Zelda series into what we know it to be today. From small changes, like Link swinging his sword sideways instead of thrusting, to massive alterations like the first ever inclusion of the Hookshot, the Master Sword, the Spin Attack technique, the Flute (even though its icon is an ocarina), and the Pegasus Boots. Personally, I'd love to see The Legend of Zelda on Wii U introduce some new items that the continuation of the series wouldn't be able to do without.
In terms of Ocarina of Time, what can we say? To many, this is the greatest game of all time - though it actually isn't my favourite Zelda game. But I suppose I really want Zelda Wii U to have the same sense of place. Hyrule feels incredible in Ocarina of Time. Nintendo worked so hard on the atmosphere and characters that every area felt as important and engaging as the last. We need this with Zelda Wii U.
Majora's Mask & The Wind Waker
Majora's Mask is my favourite Zelda game and if there's one thing that I'd love to see Nintendo incorporate into The Legend of Zelda Wii U, it's the same level of atmosphere. No Zelda game can equal the atmospheric presence of Majora's Mask. The clock is a constant reminder of your imminent failure and encroaching death. The characters are crazy and there are some dark things happening in parts of the world. Majora's Mask has such an amazing presence and a glorious transformation of the generally optimistic tone of the Zelda franchise.
From The Wind Waker, Nintendo have already taken one of the greatest aspects of this game: a fresh take on art design. The style of Zelda Wii U is so different from previous entires into the franchise and I can't wait to see how they've expanded upon it in an open world setting.
Twilight Princess & Skyward Sword
I don't know about you guys, but being able to play as a wolf in Twilight Princess was something I never knew I wanted to do in a Zelda game. Twilight Princess also has a hint of Majora's Mask in it - it's a pretty dark game at times. I'd love to see Zelda Wii U give us control over something else as unique as Twilight's wolf sections were.
But Skyward Sword is the last great Zelda game we've been given. From its impressionistic art design, to its new mechanics with Link's whip and a mechanical flying beetle, this is a game that The Legend of Zelda needs to follow.
But what about you guys? What does The Legend of Zelda Wii U need to take from previous Zelda games for its release date? Be sure to let us know what your favourite Zelda game is in the comments below!