Producer Eiji Aonuma spoke cautiously when he discussed Wii MotionPlus controls and updating the "Legend of Zelda" series' format for its next Wii sequel earlier this month. New details are slowly trickling out, though, and as his team looks forward to launching "The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks" he may already be contemplating flight possibilities for Link's next adventure.
"I have an eight-year-old son myself at home, and quite recently he started playing 'The Phantom Hourglass' for DS, because when the software first hit the market he was too young," Aonuma told the Guardian. "When he started playing with the boat, I told him: 'In the next Zelda, you are going to be able to ride on the train.' He answered: 'OK, Dad, first boat, and then train? Surely next time, Link is going to fly in the sky ... '"
Aonuma's comment there may have just been a passing nod to his son's enthusiasm, but it's entirely possible that he was hinting by proxy with that anecdote.
"If many people make many speculations ... some of them might be correct," he teased. "Right now, I have to refrain from commenting on anything."
He was willing, however, to speak about MotionPlus use in the Wii title that could be unveiled as soon as next summer at E3.
"With this attachment, your minute hand movements are more precisely reflected … You can feel it so naturally and so intuitively," Aonuma explained. "It's not just an improvement over the movement of Link himself: the realisation of your more minute movements on the screen will expand the entire gameplay."
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