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Zelda Wii U Might Have Multiplayer

Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has said, during an interview with Gameinformer promoting the upcoming Zelda spin-off Hyrule Warriors, that the next entry in the franchise will offer “more than just a single-player experience,” naturally leading to speculation that Zelda Wii U will feature some kind of multiplayer component. 

“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,” he 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 also stated that he’s well aware of past games’ long openings that are plagued by tutorials, and is aiming to completely remove them in the Wii U title. He also confirmed that Zelda Wii U’s world will be vast and can be fully explored from the beginning, further severing the notion of hand holding at the start of the game.