Nintendo Wants To Reinvent Movies With Interactive Zelda Film

Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma is adamant that Zelda will be brought to movie theatres only if it is able to give audience something totally different from traditional movie-going experience.

"This is something that me and Mr. Miyamoto talked about," he said. "If we were to make a Zelda title, if we had interest in doing that, I think really what would be most important to us is to be able to play with the format of a movie, make it more interactive, like you're able to take your 3DS into the theater and that leads you into participating in it somehow. We wouldn't want to make it the same as any other movie. We want to somehow change what a movie is."

What Aonuma describes feels a lot like what Disney did with "Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live" where audience were encouraged to bring their iPads in and use a free companion app to interact with the movie. Unfortunately, this added distraction ruined the experience instead of adding to it.

"The games are distracting. Some moviegoers meeting Ariel and friends for the first time will find it hard to focus on the movie, with a new game every minute or two," wrote Mashable's Taylor Casti. "Many games require an individual's full attention, for instance, when players quickly pop bubbles or tilt the iPad to catch Ariel's treasures in a chest. In fact, the games were so distracting, on multiple occasions key information was lost to gameplay."

"Not to mention the voiceover and inter-theater competition, where up to four characters talk over the dialogue in the film to encourage players to compete with other audience members. As someone who grew up with Ariel, sure, the games were fun. But children seeing the movie for the first time missed seeing Triton destroy Ariel's treasures; Ariel meet Eric for the first time; Ariel's visit with Scuttle."

Is Nintendo going to reinvent the same botched experience, or will it pull another Wii and succeed where others have failed. Let's wait and see.

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It's funny how some people

It's funny how some people instinctively resist change, and those are usually the less gifted among us. A proper integration between movies and interactivity would be monumental, the little mermaid is an example of how bad it can be when things go south, but if someone can pull it off it's myamoto. Don't listen to haters mr Myamoto, forge ahead and put your talent to work as usual.

Don't be silly

If you want a Zelda movie blow out big bucks and write the best script possible and make a movie that does tribute to the franchise. Don't fucking botch it with gimmicks. If I want to watch a movie I watch a movie. If I want to play a game I PLAY A FUCKING GAME!

Yeah, so the entire

Yeah, so the entire population of five people who own a ds in the united states could participate! NO one would buy one for a couple hour experience at a theater. You would have to loan theaters thousands of them, and that's not going to happen. $15 ticket movie? try $25+ with this gimmick, worthless...

Buuuuuh!

OMFG Nintendon't!!! Just fuckin' Nintendon't. Aren't you douchechinks fucking outta binness & fucking dead yet? Take your gimmicks back to Japland. Half the fuckin' games out there now are nothing more than interactive movie cutscene invisible wall go where we tell you do what we tell you bullshit as it is!!! If I wanna watch a movie. I wanna chill mah fuckin' nuts, watch a fuckin' movie. If I wanna play a fuckin' game, I wanna PLAY!!! I don't want two perfectly good things mixed together fuckin' up each other. I like spaghetti, I like chocolate, I don't fuckin' like chocolate spaghetti, you fuckin' twit!

I agree

Im sorry but i gotta gree with Buuuuuh! Nintendo has nothing i want and hardly anything the western world wants. They can keep their hokey gimicks to themselves. Also a legend of zelda movie would suck so many balls lol. I mean seriously it is like the lamest disney story ever expecially if they used the ocorina story which you know they will cause its the only zelda game that has sold well since a link to the past. WHY? Cause Zelda the game died in 1994 due to lack of innovation(not with your stupid controllers but actually new gameplay mechanics you know the stuff not even OOT had.... but majora's mask did, oh yeah but your fans are brainless 8yr olds who found the time frame and mask concept to complicated and just wanted to play music on a flute...) and a childish directive....

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