Nintendo: Skyrim may influence the next Zelda

Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma recently stated in a long interview that one of the games he’s looking into for inspiration for the next Zelda game is Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

In a comment that will serve as a huge tease to fans Aonuma said this when asked what games are influencing how he designs the next Wii U Zelda title.

Skyrim! Obviously I play other games, and I’m curious what Zelda fans like about the Skyrim experience. Maybe there are some Zelda fans who are looking for something similar out of a Zelda game.

But I don’t look at the technology that made these games possible. I don’t look at what’s happening in the game, but how it made me feel, what in the game moved me, and how I can bring out those same emotions in players who play my games. My intent isn’t to copy them, but those are the things that stay with you as a player.

I’m thinking that the biggest thing they could take away from Skyrim is a large open world with worthwhile things to do. Zelda games, Skyward Sword as an example, usually have some decent side quests but ultimately they are just “get X item by doing an NPC a favor”. It would be great if some of these side missions took you to entirely new areas with new enemies that aren’t necessarily part of the main story.

If nothing else, Aonuma and company taking note of massive games like Skyrim can be seen as nothing but a good thing. Nintendo seems like they are really serious about this next Zelda game and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we see if before the end of this year as Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Nintendo was strongly considering showing it.