“I’d like to show something playable,” said Aonuma when pressed on the possibility of a playable showing at the June trade show.

Aonuma also hinted that the game could reach the masses before the end of the year. He claimed that, due to fan anticipation, he’s been pushing the staff towards a release. When pressed again by Famitsu, however, he would only say “We’ll work hard in order to get you playing it as soon as possible.”

Development appears to be progressing smoothly on the game. “We’ve progressed in development since last year,” said Aonuma. “At present, the core areas have come into clear view.”

Wii Motion Plus will feature heavily in the new Zelda game. In fact, Aonuma told Famitsu that the game will be Wii Motion Plus exclusive. This was actually an area that was under debate at the outset of development. “After actually making it compatible,” said Aonuma, “it just feels so natural. Link’s sword and the controller that you’re holding become one.”

Asked if there will be gameplay that emphasizes the ability to freely swing your sword, Aonuma responded with an “Of course.” He also hinted that the way you fight enemies could be the key to solving some puzzles.