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Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that he is “getting tired” of the tried-and-tested formula that Nintendo have repeatedly used for the series.

If he’s tired of it, then surely the gaming populace are too? Such a quizzical statement has led Aonuma to seek to freshen its appeal, having previously said that Nintendo’s direction for their new Wii U entry would challenge its conventions.

“It’s not that anyone is telling me we have to change the formula. I want to change it. I’m kind of getting tired of it. If I’m getting tired of it, then I’m sure other people are getting tired of it,” Aonuma explained somewhat honestly to the Los Angeles Times.

“There is an essential Zelda I feel we need to stay true to. We are still testing things, exploring our options. We haven’t landed anywhere at this point. We’re still seeing what we can do.”

He continues, “What I want to do, not specifically with Link but with the Zelda franchise, I’m always striving to make something no one else can, something that is so distinctly Zelda that it can only be done in a Zelda game.

“There are times when I hit walls and I can’t come up with new ideas and I think maybe I should just give up and quit, but eventually a new idea comes along and I’m proud of myself. It breeds new life into the creative process.

“I go through these phases, over and over again. I hope those high points keep on coming.”

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.