In an interview with GamesTM magazine (via: Nintendo Everything), The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma says that Nintendo intend to be more careful with the series’ art style in the future, in light of the negative reaction The Wind Waker initially received when it was announced for the Nintendo Gamecube.
“We encountered an awful lot of problems from the drastic leap we took with Wind Waker,” Aonuma admitted. “I think we will be a bit more careful in the future, but if we find a new approach that not just the developers, but also the users would enjoy then I think we will want to break new ground again. But we haven’t found such an approach yet.”
Thus far, it is unknown if Nintendo have settled on an art style for the next Zelda game on Wii U. Back in June, Aonuma stated that the game wouldn’t be ultra-realistic, but wouldn’t be “cartoony realistic” either, and has noted on a number of occasions that the Zelda tech demo shown at E3 2011 is not representative of how the game will look.