Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto initially disliked the art style of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and requested that it be changed.suggested interviews recently published in magazines.
According to translations of old magazine interviews published by DidYouKnowGaming, Nintendo originally planned to simply improve the graphics of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, and even created a prototype of The Wind Waker in this style.
However, after a member of the development team designed Toon Link, the rest of the team fell in love and the new art style for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker solidified.
This new information comes from back issues of Nintendo Dream magazine, a mid-2000s Japanese publication that was translated by DidYouKnowGaming.
According to an interview with Wind Waker director Eiji Aonuma quoted by the video, he didn’t believe Miyamoto would like the redesign, so he waited as long as he could before showing it to his boss, saying he had “literally recoiled” when he first saw it.
“If I had gone to talk to him from the start, I think he would have said ‘How’s that Zelda?’ Aonuma recalls, “Miyamoto had a hard time letting go of the realistic link art style until the very end.
“At one point he had to give a presentation against his will. That’s when he said something like, ‘You know, it’s not too late to change course and make a realistic Zelda.’
At the time, Zelda’s new anime art direction was controversial among gamers, with many calling for the style to be reversed.
However, the excitement of the Wind Waker team and their insistence on continuing the style would have ensured that the Wind Waker remained in the chibi style.
Another factor was that Miyamoto believed that at that time it would have taken a decade to create a realistic Zelda for GameCube, according to the translated interview.
After the release of The Wind Waker, Nintendo kept all future adventures of Toon Link on its handheld systems, with the mainline series on home consoles adopting a more realistic art style for Twilight Princess, which will be released on Nintendo Game Cube and the new Nintendo. Wii.