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Zelda 'cannot go back to button controls'

Motion-controlled swordplay could be here to stay for Link

Nintendo's Legend Of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has suggested that the motion-controlled swordplay of Skyward Sword will feature in future Zelda titles.


Speaking in an interview with our friends at the Official Nintendo Magazine, Aonuma said: "I honestly think we cannot go back to button controls now."

Skyward Sword maps the gamer's motions with the Wii Remote to Link's sword arm, and deliberate direction-based swipes play a key role in defeating the game's enemies and bosses.

This is clearly a system Aonuma is pleased with. "So," he added, "I think that these controls will be used in future Zelda titles, too."

That's interesting because the key innovation of the Wii U hinges entirely on its tablet controller. If a future Zelda title on that platform required Wii Remote controls it would, we assume, abandon use of the tablet controller and, with it, any Wii U-specific features other than the increased graphical grunt.