Zelda Wii U could feature a multiplayer component when it launches next year, according to series director Eiji Aonuma.
Hyrule Warriors, the upcoming Legend of Zelda themed spin-off of Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors series, will feature a two-player mode, and so too might the next core entry in Nintendo's series, it's long-term custodian has told Game Informer.
"The two-player functionality of Hyrule Warriors is actually something that has traditionally been done in the Dynasty Warriors series, but they've changed because of the hardware and the second screen on your GamePad," Aonuma said.
"Instead of having a splitscreen on the television, you have one-player playing on the television and one on the GamePad.
"When I was talking back about making Zelda more than just a single-player experience? That's something you will see in the future, maybe next year."
Aonuma debuted the first Zelda Wii U footage earlier this month, showing a vast Hyrule field and Link's mounted archery skills.
Whereas previous 3D Zelda games such as Wind Waker gave the impression of a large world but were instead made up of smaller regions, the Wii U title features one massive, sprawling field which can be travelled across without any break in gameplay.
A name for the game has yet to be confirmed, but Nintendo has said that it will be released in 2015.