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Post-GDC: Aonuma's Reflections On Zelda

Though an extremely clever designer in his own right, Eiji Aonuma has long been lost under the shadow of Shigeru Miyamoto. Rather than send Aonuma off to produce his own games, putting him in a position to learn his own lessons and gain confidence in his own sensibilities, Nintendo quickly propped him up to be the successor to its commercial champion, Shigeru Miyamoto.

Aonuma, for his part, took the assignment as an honor. For some while he was zealous in his adherence to "The Miyamoto way" of design – at GDC 2004 he gave a speech on it – deferring to Miyamoto's past work whenever there was a conflict with his own ideas and instincts.

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