Some new information about the upcoming Legend of Zelda title for the Nintendo GameCube surfaced online today courtesy of a Spanish gaming magazine. Every article I've read today about this new information is heavy on assumptions from the author of the piece - lots of "it can be assumed" and "which probably means" kind of statements.
Personally, I've grown tired of baseless speculation. Perhaps you've seen the assumptions running around online that because the last Zelda trailer showed a howling wolf briefly, then "it can be assumed" that Link becomes a werewolf in this new game. Where are these ideas coming from? What evidence is there except for "well, it would be cool!"? I've reached the point where I don't want to hear anything about the new Zelda unless it comes straight from a reliable informed source. No more theories, no more guesses, no more assumptions.
In the interest of cutting the useless theories away from the actual information, here is what the Spanish magazine has to say according to IGNCube:
- The new Zelda offers approximately seventy hours of gameplay.
- Link's world is two to three times as large as Ocarina of Time's world.
- The game's controls are similar to the controls from Ocarina of Time.
- The game opens in Taoru Village, a tutorial level designed to teach players how to control Link.
- The tutorial includes tasks such as carrying pots for a pregnant woman and herding up animals while on horseback.
- Link begins the game at the age of sixteen. He starts in farmer garb and has the Triforce symbol on his hand.
"Of course, it can be assumed that since Link is dressed as a farmer, he must spend the whole game farming! This probably means that most of the gameplay involves growing vegetables. Werewolf vegetables! Because it would be cool!"
I expect to see this on at least five different gaming forums by tomorrow afternoon. Go forth.