Zelda Alert: A New Link to the Past Heading to the 3DS This Holiday
Whether you truck with Ocarina of Time or Wind Waker or even Zelda II (weirdo), you won’t hear much argument when someone bursts into the room and proclaims 1992’s A Link to the Past as the best Zelda game ever made. Because even if you don’t agree, it’s too damn hard to build a case against one of the very best adventures game of all time.
That would be why the internet is freaking out over the prospect of a quasi-sequel to the Nintendo masterpiece. Coming to the 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Kamigami no Triforce 2 (as it’s called in Japan; no English title just yet), is not a remake, but a continuation of sorts set in the same world as the SNES original and shares that game’s top-down perspective. Your retro sense may tingle but things take a turn for the modern thanks to the handheld’s features.
In true 2.5D style, depth plays a huge part of the game’s mechanics as you’ll be able to ascend or descend from areas, navigate puzzles outside of the two-dimensional plane, and become a wall painting that can slip through crevices (just roll with it, man).
A New Link to the Past — that’s on the house, Nintendo — is slated to release this Holiday season. Excuse me while I attempt to reclaim my 3DS from the cobwebs in my closet.
3DS Fans, It’s Either A Link to the Past or Majora’s Mask, Says Miyamoto
“We haven’t quite decided yet, whether we’re going to do A Link to the Past, because there’s also the possibility of doing a remake of Majora’s Mask. This is something we’ve certainly been talking about and doing a little bit of experimenting with, to figure out which way we’re going to go.”
Shigeru Miyamoto speaking with IGN’s Richard George at E3.
The success of Ocarina of Time 3D guaranteed Link would return to Nintendo’s handheld in one way or another, but the company isn’t sure which direction to take. The notion of an original Zelda title on par with console releases was toyed with at first, now it seems sticking to a familiar name in the series is the route Nintendo wants to take.
Remake or sequel, Sir Miyamoto has stars in his eyes when it comes to A Link to the Past. And why not? The SNES title is a landmark and a fan favorite. I’m sure it’s tempting to recycle assets from OoT3D in order to update Majora’s Mask. A bully fine prospect in and of itself. They have to know I’m happy either way (though, a completely new entry would’ve been cause for celebration).
The company isn’t offering up a decision yet, nor soon according to Miyamoto. With Wii U on the way, Shigeru says they have to weigh in on which Zelda experiences match not only the housebound 3DS but also their incoming hardware. We’re Link-less until they make up their mind but it’s dangerous to lose hope — take small comfort in the fact Nintendo’s at least thinking about it.
We found this inside a boxed copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past that was traded in at the store. This here was hours of whomever pouring over dungeon details and secrets. A practical relic in comparison to the dirt and dead insects I shake out of trades on a daily basis.
Sir or Madam, player of SNES and maker of maps, you are awesome, and have lived awesomely.
“One of us is dying today and your chances are…Hey, listen, let’s just say I have the moral fucking high ground here, buddy.”