Shigeru Miyamoto has said that the next Legend of Zelda game will use Wii MotionPlus to make swinging your sword and targeting things easier.

"We're using MotionPlus to make you feel much more like you're actually fighting while holding a sword in your hand," he said during a Q&A in Japan (thanks Wired).

"In the previous game, you aimed at things by pointing at the screen, but this time we'll use MotionPlus to create a much more convenient targeting system and a more pleasurable playing experience."

That seems to be about all he said, mind you, and it doesn't add a whole lot to what we were told at E3, when Miyamoto produced an illustration containing "elements that are central to the storyline", said the game would probably use MotionPlus and would hopefully be out in 2010.

He also said that the next Zelda wouldn't be "that radically different" to existing Zelda games, which isn't too surprising for a series that generally makes its name by telling similar stories using the same main characters with little reference to their past exploits.

We still don't know, however, whether it will require the Wii MotionPlus peripheral to play, but with at least seven million of the things presumably doing the rounds, and a good bit of time to go before release, it's easy to imagine that being the case.

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