‘Retro Studios qualified to make Zelda game’, says Miyamoto

Monday, 29th October 2012 09:49 GMT By Dave Cook

The Legend of Zelda franchise could theoretically be entrusted to Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios, Shigeru Miyamoto has stated. The Nintendo exec has discussed the value of the studio and its compatibility with the Zelda brand.

ONM reports – by way of GAF – that following his reception of a Príncipe de Asturias award in Communication and Humanities last week, Miyamato was quizzed about Retro Studios’ chances of handling the Zelda franchise.

Miyamoto theorised, “The possibility of Retro Studios making a new Zelda with a good proposal isn’t a farfetched idea at all and could be possible”, while adding that such a partnership would prove to be a logistical challenge, due to Nintendo holding the code base for Zelda in Japan, while Retro is based in Austin, Texas.

“Even if Retro Studios is qualified,” Miyamoto continued, “Nintendo would have to be in very close contact with the company that were to create this Zelda and, being outside Japan, the distance and the timezone differences would make the communication more difficult.”

Would you like to see this happen? What form would a Retro Studios-produced Zelda game take? How about a Skyrim take on Hyrule? Shre your thoughts with us below.



  1. YoungZer0

    Why not? Nintendo is getting incredibly lazy and a different developer might actually be able to deliver a NEW Zelda game.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. John117

    How hard can it be, you need only follow the formula. Intro -> Link is forced to become a hero -> Meets princess/trying to save princess -> Goes through 3-4 dungeons -> Goes through 3-4 temples -> (mini games) -> ??? -> Boss -> Profit

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Mike W

    I would absolutely love retro to do a Zelda game. The problem with Nintendo continuing to do the Zelda series is that haven’t change the fighting mechanics since The legend of Zelda O. O. T. The series is dying for a reboot and dickhead Miyamoto is so stubborn and arrogant to see that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    I rather prefer if retro is giving the task to creat a new IP, let the zelda games to the zelda team, they do a great job, especially looking at their latest zelda title, skysword, you can see they are great at it, so please nintendo leave monolith and retro to make new ips.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. absolutezero

    Miyamoto has’nt really had all that much input into the Zelda series for quite a long time.

    Its all Eiji Aonuma now, and I doubt he would be all that willing to just had the series over to another developer, even one thats as talented and proven as Retro.

    In addition to that I would dearly love to see Retro create something new, the entire Metroid debacle has left a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to them tackling an existing series. The Prime series being labeled as non-canon and Sakamoto going on to create the God-awful Other M in some kind of fit of revenge.

    @Manu Monolith are now a Warner Studios company they produce crappy d-loadable titles for Batman and LotR instead of making more Condemned like they should be. Actually wait, I would rather have the return of No One Lives Forever.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. LuLshuck

    I thought the newest zelda was pretty different to the others even though i prefer the older ones but if Retro were to make a zelda game i doubt it would be a console version, probably be a Handheld version of some sort

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    #5 absolute, thats the other monolith, not the monolith nintendo owns, the one that did baten kaitos and xenoblade, thats the one i meant, although i love the other one too, gotham city impostors is tha BOMB.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Francis O

    @2 Proving that you know NOTHING about game design. If its so easy why don’t YOU trying making a good Zelda game.

    - Now as far as on topic, Yeah it would be interesting to see Retro make a Zelda game. They did wonders with Metroid so the same could happen with Zelda.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Cobra951

    Not only did Retro carry the Metroid torch, but they revitalized it brilliantly. The first Metroid Prime was practically a shock to me. It’s as if someone pulled a dream out of my head and came close to making it reality. And what did Nintendo do with the franchise afterward? Other M. *Ugh!*

    If Retro could do something similar with Zelda, it should be fantastic.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    Well in a recent interview Mijamoto stated they wanted to creat Ocarina Of tie, in first person view, but they scratch it because the tech was not ready and because he wanted the player to see link and to experience they were link, because link is quite beatifull, maybe they decide it to give the zelda FPS a go after all.

    #10 2 years ago

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