The franchise that keeps on giving
Nintendo’s Hidemaro Fujibayashi and Eiji Aonuma are the biggest names on the dev team when it comes to the Legend of Zelda series, with Fujibayashi getting some major time in the spotlight for making Tears of the Kingdom possible.
Both developers have been connected for the Zelda series for quite some time, which has led fans to wonder if the duo ever gets tired of only tackling Legend of Zelda games. The gang at RTL Nieuws asked the developers this very question, and you can see their responses below (h/t Nintendo Everything)
Fujibayashi: I get that question quite often, but I think that the possibilities with Zelda are endless. I never felt like I was stuck. When I come up with an idea, it doesn’t necessarily have to do with Zelda. But later I can still make it part of a Zelda game, because you can really go anywhere with the series.
Aonuma: I get bored pretty quickly – when I play a soccer/football game, I already want to do something else after five minutes. But with Zelda I keep on playing, because things like soccer/football are implemented into the game. The games transcend genre conventions, allowing you to put all kinds of different experiences in them. In that respect, I have all the freedom to explore new ideas. I might be stuck with Zelda, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a very comfortable place to be stuck.