My very first thought when I saw the sneak peak of the Legend of Zelda Wii U was “It looks like Skyrim“. With the huge open world and the middle age combat, that seemed very likely and I was excited about it. Yet now that I have better analyzed the thought I have come up with 3 reasons that Legend of Zelda Wii U will be very different from Skyrim.
The first reason the Legend of Zelda Wii U will be different is because you play as Link. This may seem a little obvious, but the playable character has always been Link. From the first Zelda game to the newest Zelda game you have played as Link, there was no female avatar or character customization, there was just Link. The story was always Link saves Zelda and that is almost guaranteed in the Legend of Zelda Wii U.
It is a possibility that there will be some customization, we did see customization for the first time in a Pokemon game recently, however I don’t think Zelda games would be the same if you didn’t play as the hero Link.
The second reason that the Legend of Zelda Wii U will be different from Skyrim is that Zelda games have always been very story oriented. In both Skyrim and Zelda you have had open worlds and side quests yet in Skyrim you could do hours of side quests and the game never truly ended. In Zelda there is a side quest here or there yet you always were progressing in the main stories progress. If you got the bunny hood great but that’s just a main quest advantage in the end.
I do not doubt there will be side quests I just don’t think there will be as many that shape your character as the side quests in Skyrim do.
My final reason that Legend of Zelda Wii U will be different from Skyrim is equipped items and fighting style. In Zelda it is the pattern that a key item is unlocked in every dungeon and that item is essential to the fighting style required to fight enemies and the boss at the end of the dungeon. In Skyrim it is doesn’t matter how you kill an enemy when you engage in a fight; If you wanted to do the thieves guild quests with magic you could, or if you wanted to do the College of Winterhold quests with a sword you could.
I understand that in a Zelda game you can kill enemies with your bow or your sword and there are options there, yet one more thing to consider is that you only got one of each weapon and a few upgrades here and there. This is a very different style than that of Skyrim.
All in all I think that yes there will be some similarities between the two games however I also believe that Zelda will continue to be Zelda and stick to what is is.
See 3 more reasons Zelda will not be like Skyrim here!