Dark Souls: Miyazaki responds to comparisons to the Legend of Zelda
Comparisons are always hateful. It is a fact. And if they go with a certain anger they are even worse. However, although most of the time they do not feel good, not all comparisons are said to make us feel bad, some try to praise us by showing our similarities with something that is very good and has a positive reputation. And even then, the person receiving that compliment in simile form may not quite like it.
That is exactly what has happened to Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of Dark Souls, who did not like much that his game was compared to The Legend of Zelda. Rather than dislike him, it hasn’t made him comfortable knowing that his game is being compared to one of his childhood favorites. He claims to feel unworthy of such a comparison.
It has been in an interview published in Rollings Stone where he has stated that he did not like his game being compared to Zelda, not because it bothered him, but because of the reverence he feels towards the title created by Nintendo. And not only that, since they are two totally different video games, he feels that they should not be compared in any way.
“When I was a student, The Legend of Zelda was really monumental,” he says. “So being perfectly honest, I don’t feel worthy of this comparison. The Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls are two different titles that belong to different genres and are guided by different concepts in their design ”.