This previous week at E3 2019, I caught up with Legend of Zelda sequence producer Eiji Aonuma to speak in regards to the upcoming Hyperlink’s Awakening remake, the newly introduced Breath of the Wild sequel, and loads of different subjects.
Throughout a small portion of the interview, I convey up how his profession has progressed over the 20 years he is been creating Zelda titles. In line with Aonuma, the early days required him to roll up his sleeves and do a lot of the work himself. “One factor that undoubtedly has modified is that to start with, I needed to create a bunch of issues alone, however now I’ve a terrific staff with nice folks with totally different expertise to assist me create issues collectively,” he says.
That is evident when taking a look at Aonuma’s credit all through the Zelda franchise. He started his run with the sequence by serving as director on Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Masks, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess, earlier than transitioning to producer and supervisor roles. Aonuma additionally used to function a dungeon designer, however with Breath of the Wild, that process fell to a different member of the staff.
Aonuma now has the aptitude to delegate to different members of his staff, however when requested about his collaboration with different Nintendo producers like Shigeru Miyamoto or Takashi Tezuka, Aonuma fixates on the notion of collaborating with Miyamoto. “It’s totally attention-grabbing that you just convey up Mr. Miyamoto,” he says with a chuckle. “I’ve by no means considered it as collaborating with him! Now that you’ve got phrased it that means, I believe, ‘Oh, working with Mr. Miyamoto is a collaboration.’ That is type of thrilling!”
For extra from my dialogue with Aonuma, you may be taught how the dungeon creation mechanics work in Hyperlink’s Awakening. You may also see everything we learned about the Breath of the Wild sequel, or learn about Aonuma’s philosophy on remaking and remastering Zelda games. To see Aonuma collaborate with Miyamoto in a rapid-fire questions video, head here.