Nintendo ready to take Zelda mainstream

Nintendo believes it can draw new gamers to the Zelda series for the first time with upcoming DS release Spirit Tracks.

The game, which hit shelves on December 11th, is being backed by Nintendo with a wide-scale TV campaign – as the firm aims to capture 'occasional gamers' who have previously picked up Brain Training and Professor Layton.

"This is certainly a Zelda title that can be expanded out to a broader audience," product manager Roger Langford (pictured) told MCV.

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Azures3296d ago

zelda WASN'T mainstream?

dgroundwater3296d ago

My only question is if they could ever possibly make it even easier than TP. D:

Blaster_Master3296d ago

Its cool. Zelda died to me when they took its soul from the series and turned it into shovelware on the DS.

GWAVE3296d ago

Yeah, I was just gonna say...

Zelda ISN'T mainstream?

Phantom Hourglass was cool (albeit quite easy and brief), but I'd hate to see the Zelda series going MORE mainstream.

"Here's the boomerang. Now, trace along the dotted line to kill Ganon. Oh, your hearts are running out? Draw a heart on the screen at any time to refill your health!"

erathaol3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Well I guess Mario is Micky Mouse and Link would be Donald Duck when it comes to mainstream success. Although Donald is unique in many respects, people will always love Micky more than Donald. However, this is Video Games and the Zelda series can do better serving the hardcore.

Cheeseknight283296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

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Pennywise3296d ago

Nintendo... milking the same three series for 20+ years.

They are without a doubt the king of milkage.

Bodyboarder_VGamer3296d ago

Don't blame them. That people love their games it's not their fault...

Blaster_Master3296d ago

They are kings of revitalizing older titles forsure. I mean who would have thought that the series could survive the recession, 2D, and 3D gaming all at the same time? Mario Galaxies 2, The other M, and the New Zelda w/ Wii Plus are gonna destroy. And they aren't even in HD yet! LOL!

colonel1793296d ago

I wouldn't have a problem with that, because I love Nintendo's franchises, but since they made the decision to go casual with the Wii, not improving the graphics, and moving forward, I am having problems liking Nintendo now.

Super Mario Galaxy was an excellent game, and I wish the next Zelda is as good or better, but when are we going to see them with great graphics, physics, etc. Also, they need to re-innovate Zelda's formula.

I think the only company that has been innovative with new IPs is Sony. Granted, there are 7 (or 8) Ratchet and Clank games, and some others that are in their 3rd or 4th iteration, but Sony is the only company that each generation gets out at least one new IP.

Nintendo has always been about Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc. You could say that Wii Sports is a new IP, but is not an actual game per se.

MS just have Halo and Fable (if it is 1st party). Gears of War is third party, but still, its just three games over and over.

Sony this generation only got out inFamous, Uncharted, Heavy Rain, EyePet, Heavenly Sword, Lair, Folklore, Motorstorm, Resistance and maybe others I can remember. All of them are NEW IPs just this generation. Successful or not, they took the risk.

That's what I would like to see more from Nintendo and MS

Pennywise3296d ago

I don't blame them... they have a formula and it works, apparently.

I just expect fresher concepts to keep me happy as a gamer. I have been gaming so long, I have played it all. Keeping it fresh keeps me interested.

I just have no desire to play anymore Mario games. Zelda is the only series I really like from Nin, but after playing the one on the Wii... very disappointing.

Just to clarify - I love Uncharted, but 20 years from now I better not be seeing Uncharted games being released and hyped.

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inSaneELF3296d ago

Misleading title. Zelda is certainly mainstream and has been for a long time.

TwistedMetal3296d ago

The Legend of Zelda: link to the past
the most epic biggest best zelda with the most items and upgrades and it was on the original snes hardcore style. Now when they make a sequal to that with the real zelda graphics and not this cell shaded mess then we can start praising zelda.

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