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Aonuma Wants Link's Crossbow Training Sequel

by Pedro Hernandez - December 30, 2009, 12:48 pm PST
Total comments: 25 Source: Now Gamer

The Zelda producer wants to create a sequel to the Wii Zapper title with emphasis on multiplayer.

In an interview with Games Magazine, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma confessed that he wishes to create a sequel to Link's Crossbow Training, a title included for free with the Wii Zapper. In the interview he expressed his desire to expand what the team created with the first title, explaining that "I thought that we should do something more and better in the field of the first person shooter, based on our experience of the first game."

Aonuma also mentioned that if a sequel is created, a stronger focus would be placed on its multiplayer component. "For example, I was thinking that maybe we could intensify the multiplayer mode. The original game was really just a solo game but I thought that we could add a true multiplayer mode with multiple users playing together, from remote areas, over the Wi-Fi Connection."

Despite these ideas, it wasn't enough to persuade Nintendo's management, according to Aonuma. He mentioned that they prefer him working on Zelda titles rather than on title such as Crossbow Training.

Talkback

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterDecember 30, 2009

I personally loved Link's Crossbow Training, and thought that some stages were very clever. I too would love a sequel.

Maybe Nintendo needs the Wii Zapper 2: Electric Zapaloo in order to make it...

broodwarsDecember 30, 2009

Sure, I'd be up for an original Nintendo light gun game (hell, what's one more light gun game on this console?), so long as it is a full-fledged solo & multiplayer title this time.  I get the feeling the title that comes to mind for most people would probably be "Duck Hunt Wii".

BlackNMild2k1December 30, 2009

Why doesn't he just sneak his sequel into the Zelda Wii as a side game with multi-player options. Added value and all that. Then do like Ubisoft and release it on the side as a WiiWare game for those that never bought the actual Zelda(Rabbids Go Home) Title.

broodwarsDecember 30, 2009

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Why doesn't he just sneak his sequel into the Zelda Wii as a side game with multi-player options. Added value and all that.

Actually, that's kind of a cool idea, sort of like that labyrinth-esque mini-game hidden in the Twilight Princess Fishing Office.  It'd be better than another Fishing mini-game, anyway.

TanookisuitDecember 30, 2009

I also loved Link's Crossbow Training.  It has such a classic, arcadey feel.  Combo point systems are the best!

ThomasODecember 30, 2009

This reminds me I need to revisit the game again. According to Nintendo Channel, I've played it once for 5 minutes.

D_AverageDecember 30, 2009

I still think the first one is one my favorite Wii games. The controls were spot on once you threw away the Zapper. Never understood the poor reviews. You can't knock it for being short as it's so cheap.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 30, 2009

I've stayed away from this "franchise" cuz it's not the gunplay simulator I seek.

C'mon, Nintendo.  HOGAN'S ALLEY!  Rated M!

D=

What's with all the Crossbow Training love all of a sudden? It was interesting, but really sorta half-baked...

TJ SpykeDecember 30, 2009

It was a really good game, on that i've been praising since it came out. Hell, the game is more than worth the $20 MSRP. I am glad they are interested in doing a sequel.

Mop it upDecember 30, 2009

I was going to get this game used since I didn't want the Zapper accessory, but I have yet to get around to that. I even have an unofficial case for it just waiting to go, since I hate those sleeves that this and Wii Sports come in.

TJ SpykeDecember 30, 2009

Yeah, I do hate how Nintendo of America screws us like that. Both Wii Sports and Link's Crossbow Training come in regular keep cases in Europe, but we only get those crappy cardboard sleeves.

D_AverageDecember 30, 2009

I think I found just the game at Gamestop and bought it for my buddy for five bucks. Deal of the decade!!

TJ SpykeDecember 30, 2009

Yeah, most GameStop's have the game itself for $5 or less. However, I find it much more fun to use the Wii Zapper.

PeachylalaDecember 30, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

C'mon, Nintendo.  HOGAN'S ALLEY!  Rated M!

D=

It's called Final Fight Streetwise, and it came out a couple of years ago.

Chozo GhostDecember 30, 2009

I never played the game, because from what I understand it is just a demo thing for the Zapper peripheral, and I don't even want the Zapper peripheral. I got a 3rd party thingy that looks more like a gun and works more like a gun, so I'm satisfied with that.

Nintendo needs to come out with an actually decent zapper shell that is more gun-like. If they do then maybe I'll check out whatever demo software they bundle along with it.

Mop it upDecember 30, 2009

I've never seen the game at a GameStop, and it's always been sold out on their website. I guess I need to just luck out sometime when I walk into one.

DAaaMan64December 31, 2009

life is cancelled.

KDR_11kDecember 31, 2009

Aonuma wants a whole lot, like a freaking train. Dude somehow seems to consider a mode of transportation mandatory for Zelda.

Chozo GhostDecember 31, 2009

Trains have no business in the medieval world of Zelda. Crossbows, on the other hand, do belong there though.

But if Zelda has a train it might as well add in some Colt 45s and Gatling Guns. Make Link into a cowboy and he can ride on his horse protecting the trains from robbers and hunting down cattle rustlers.

TJ SpykeDecember 31, 2009

Quote from: Chozo

I never played the game, because from what I understand it is just a demo thing for the Zapper peripheral

That is just a misconception from those who never actually played the game. It's a really good gallery shooter (including the stages where you get to control Link directly and walk around).

Chozo GhostJanuary 03, 2010

Truth be told, I think this game may be a test bed for what we will see in the next Zelda game. There has been much talk about the next Zelda being a huge surprise and doing things different, and if it is like this then that would explain it.

Quote from: Chozo

Truth be told, I think this game may be a test bed for what we will see in the next Zelda game. There has been much talk about the next Zelda being a huge surprise and doing things different, and if it is like this then that would explain it.

That's an interesting thought. The only part in TP that I actually, wholly, truly loved was the hidden village part with the bow. <3 <3 <3.

KDR_11kJanuary 03, 2010

Quote from: Chozo

Trains have no business in the medieval world of Zelda. Crossbows, on the other hand, do belong there though.

My issue is that he somehow thinks that Zelda NEEDS transportation, whether it's a boat, horse or train. Going on foot works much better but the environments have to be designed for it. The old 2D Zeldas had overworlds that you could navigate on foot without going through emptiness for minutes, there was always something interesting anywhere. With OOT Zelda started including vast areas of nothingness that were just boring to traverse just to give a reason for some mode of transportation to exist (without a giant empty field we wouldn't need a horse to get everywhere!).

NinGurl69 *hugglesJanuary 03, 2010

Quote from: Kairon

Quote from: Chozo

Truth be told, I think this game may be a test bed for what we will see in the next Zelda game. There has been much talk about the next Zelda being a huge surprise and doing things different, and if it is like this then that would explain it.

That's an interesting thought. The only part in TP that I actually, wholly, truly loved was the hidden village part with the bow. <3 <3 <3.

My favorite part was Agitha's Castle.

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