Zelda director Eiji Aonuma wants to work on something else before retirement

Thursday, 6th June 2013 10:50 GMT By Dave Cook

The Legend of Zelda director Eiji Aonuma has said he feels he only has ten years of making games left at Nintendo and would like to use that time to explore new projects. Don’t worry, he still loves Link and pals though.

Speaking with Edge in its 225th print issue, Aonuma said, “I’m 50 now, so I only have about ten more years to make games at Nintendo. I want to try all sorts of new things before it’s too late — I don’t want to get to the end of my career and only have worked on Zelda.

“But every time I come up with some good new ideas, they end up being used in a Zelda game! I need a six-month break to get away from the Zelda cycle and focus on something new [laughs]. But I’d probably end up making a game that is similar to Zelda; after all, A Link to the Past was my biggest influence.”

Aonuma is currently working on the follow-up to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which was recently revealed as having a Dark World, just like the original.

We’ve also got ten minutes of 3DS gameplay footage here.

Thanks Nintendo Life.



  1. Digital Bamboo

    Relax Eiji, you’ve “only” helped develop some of the greatest videogames ever made, even if you retired tomorrow, you’d still be a legend.

    I think he’s earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants now at Nintendo. He could very well develop a killer new IP for them as his parting gift, if they’ll let him.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. tcc

    If you are only 50 years old, then you can make games for more than 10 years, Aonuma-san! Whether it’s Zelda or something new, keep doing what you love til the day you die!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. hitnrun

    It’s a bit difficult to suss out responsibilities from job titles even English-to-English, but if this guy really has been running the show for Zelda the last 15 years, then both he and the franchise would likely be greatly improved by a divorce.

    #3 2 years ago

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