New Word Emerges on Legend of Zelda Series

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New Word Emerges on Legend of Zelda Series

Not long ago, word started to emerge about a possible new series coming to Netflix based on one of Nintendo's most popular game series, "The Legend of Zelda". Just as everyone was starting to get properly hyped up for a series that didn't feature Link giving us his best Steve Martin impression--well ex-cuuuuuzzze me, Link, but it was terrible at best!--along came Nintendo's own Satoru Iwata to rain on the parade. Well, at least, a little bit.

Iwata, while talking with Time Magazine noted that he had "...nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question (referring to the earliest announcements) is not based on correct information." The subsequent question, meanwhile, went unanswered: why did it take Iwata a month to step in on this?

Anyway, while this is sort of a kick in the teeth for those hoping for a Legend of Zelda series, it's only a little bit. After all, Iwata confirmed the article in question was not based on correct information. Note that he didn't say that there was no series happening--at least not specifically--nor did he say that you'd never see a series around Nintendo IP. Indeed, all we know so far is that something--we don't know what--was wrong with the original article that said a series was coming. It could be that the description was wrong--it was briefly called "a family friendly Game of Thrones" by some, and that could be what was wrong. It could be that Zelda wasn't the weapon of choice, but rather Metroid or something else instead. It could be that that Nintendo has absolutely no plans for anything like this.

It's still very early-stage stuff, so naturally we'll have to keep an eye on it and see where it goes from here. The good news, however, is that this is still at least somewhat possible. The basic reasons for doing are all still quite in place, so not doing it would still be a fairly bad idea thanks to the sheer amount of benefits that would be missed out upon in return. Nintendo has a huge quantity of IP that it could well be putting to use in other media, and though Nintendo's efforts would likely be tainted by less-than-quality entrants in the field--I think we all still remember "Super Mario Brothers", whether we want to or not--and we'd hate to see something like that happen to Zelda. BUt still, we know that this could end quite well, and letting it so do could yield some really impressive content and a great new revenue stream for Nintendo.

It's a matter only time will tell, of course, but hopefully when we launch our Netflix accounts, soon we'll see an array of terrific and very familiar new titles to come.

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