Shigeru Miyamoto wanted to announce a new Wii Zelda game this year, he revealed at a post-E3 session with journalists. But instead of rushing just to have something "new" for gamers, Miyamoto made a conscious decision to let his team in Japan work on coming up with something new for the next Zelda adventure.
"Basically," he said, "what we're doing now is repeated experiments with different styles of gameplay, different level designs, different dungeon designs."
A new Zelda adventure for Wii is "quite far into development," however. Miyamoto hoped to release the new Zelda in 2010, but joked that "it may take a little longer."
Miyamoto also premiered the first piece of artwork for the next Zelda. I wasn't allowed to snap a photo of the art, however, but it featured a tall, strident-looking Link in front of a blazing, fire-encrusted background. A mysterious, spirit-looking character was placed in front of Link and the logo was completely silver.
"We've been sitting down as a team and [talking about] what's the best way to continue this franchise, what can we do with the gamplay to move Zelda forward?" he said.
Part of moving Zelda forward may include supporting MotionPlus. In fact, Miyamoto said it's entirely possible the next Zelda would require the use of MotionPlus. There's a catch in this plan, however.
"The potential for it [Zelda] becoming Wii MotionPlus-only is depending on how well Wii Sports Resort sells," he laughed.