The August issue of Nintendo Power features a few pages on Skyward Sword as well as a couple of the series’ older titles. Eiji Aonuma discusses Skyward Sword, the Wii U, and the series’ 25th anniversary. He went into some good detail about Link and Zelda’s frienship as well as her character’s design and personality for the upcoming Wii title. Aonuma talked about the soundtrack for Skyward Sword and even discussed the possibility of a Majora’s Mask remake, stating that it’s actually possible.
How would you describe the relationship between Link and Zelda in this game?
The relationship between the two of them is one of being great childhood friends. They grew up together in Skyloft- this village on the clouds- and they have a great relationship... One thing I think has been really distinct about this story is that Zelda is no way a princess in the traditional sense...
Speaking of Zelda, what were your goals in designing her new look?
...we tried to give her a design that made her feel sort of relatable and have that warmth to her. But at the same time as you venture deeper into the story, you find a different side to her. She's this sweet childhood friend you have in the beginning, but as the story progesses and the gravity of the situation increases, she becomes someone who has a little bit of a different side to her- someone who's willing to face the tremendous fate that's been placed on her shoulders...
Is there any significance to Zelda’s harp? Is it the same harp Sheik has in Ocarina of Time?
...The design is the same that Sheik has in Ocarina of Time...
Can we expect Skyward Sword to have a fully orchestrated soundtrack?
I wouldn't call it completely orchestrated, because we have decided in certain situations and parts of the game to use music based on what the Wii can synthesize in order to provide more effective music. But there are quite a few songs during the game that are fully orchestrated and recorded.
Is he [Ghirahim] related to Vaati from The Minish Cap and Four Swords Adventures? He’s also very white and has similar eye makeup.
Well, the director on the project this time around is Mr. Fujibayashi, who also worked on Minish Cap. Perhaps there's something about Mr. Fujibayashi's sensibilities in regards to design and that might have influenced both characters. But beyond that, I don't think so.
Who are the characters with Link at the start of the bird race? Not just the other competitors, but also the older guy.
The people you saw in the opening scene are part of a knight academy that Link is a part of and they oversee the school and also his classmates. This is a game that really puts Link in a different context and a different environment.
Will we get a Majora’s Mask remake next?
Would you like to play such a remake?... if there were a similar outpour of emotion and clamor from fans for a remakeof Majora's Mask, it wouldn't be an utter impossibility... having a handheld Majora's Mask where you could kind of just set things down on your own time- close it, set it aside, and come back to it later- might be a gameplay element that some fans will actually take to and might really appreciate. Especially considering how you really had to rush through the original game, in a sense.
Nintendo Power also included a recap and inside look on Skyward Sword. Link’s Awakening for the 3DS Virtual Console got a highlight, and A Link to the Past was featured in Still Super, a highlight of the Super Nintendo’s finest titles.