If you’ve heard me speak then you’ve heard me talk about how much I love the Zelda franchise. A Link to the Past is one of my favorite games of all time and easily my favorite game in the Zelda franchise. Nintendo has announced they are making a direct sequel and it will be hitting the 3DS. This week on MVC I ponder whether or not that might actually hurt the game in the long run.
That’s right, folks. Not a remake, not a re-release, a sequel. Nintendo announced that a new Zelda game set in the world of A Link to the Past is coming to the 3DS this holiday season. It will feature new stories and new dungeons in the familiar world from my favorite Zelda game of all time.
It takes advantage of the 3DS features, utilizes a top-down perspective like the original, but has some new, unique abilities for Link. Now he can attach himself to walls, ala Paper Mario, to move around dungeons and solve puzzles.
This is a new Zelda game, for the 3DS, set in my favorite Zelda world. I think I’m a little excited. Best yet, it’s going to be available before the year is over. Can we handle Wind Waker and a new Zelda game in one year?
There was, among many other surprises, a complete lack of anything Zelda at E3 from Nintendo. I didn’t expect a release date for a new Zelda game, but I expected them to at least talk about something they were working on. We didn’t get even the slightest peep from any Nintendo exec as to what the company is doing with the Zelda franchise. That had a lot of people scratching their heads.
IGN decided to get to the bottom of the situation and ask about the franchise. Miyamoto was, as he’s been lately, surprisingly candid and more or less spilled the beans as to what Nintendo is thinking as a company.
“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,” Miyamoto told me in an interview at E3 last week. “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.
We have so many goals right now. We’re always looking at expanding our audience and giving people the opportunity to get their hands on 3DS and see what kind of fun gaming experiences they can have. And now, we’re also tasked with pushing the Wii U. So we have lots of good opportunities in terms of thinking about which Zelda game is going to be best for which purpose.”
Now the proper answer is please, Nintendo, do both. However if I had to choose, I would prefer something along the lines of A Link to the Past as that’s my favorite Zelda game of all time. That is if those were my only two options. If given a third choice I would ask them to create a brand new Zelda adventure, from the ground up, that utilizes the 3D aspects of the 3DS and then to create a gorgeous, sprite-based, top-down Zelda to be ready for the eShop and the Wii U launch.
I’m one of those people that think a 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past would be a fantastic proposition. I’m talking 3D storybook style, not bringing the game into a 3D world. Shigeru Miyamoto was recently asked about a remake of that popular SNES adventure and he had some interesting words to say about it.
“I think I’d be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link To The Past. I think it’s important to bring some really new software.”
Miyamoto himself hasn’t been directly involved in a Zelda project since the release of A Link to the Past in 1991 handing the reigns off to other directors in the company. Would he be more willing to remake the game or build something new?
“To be very honest and open, it really depends on the directors that have time at the moment as well. Some directors, I can give them the title and I know they will do something great with it. Other directors I’m not so 100 percent confident [in], so they’re the ones I’d rather take a more remake approach to the title. It really depends on that as well.”
It’s good he really seems to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the employees that he gives these franchises to, but how you would like to be one of the developers he doesn’t have that confidence in to make something fresh and new?
I’ve often wondered if I would have had a SNES when I was younger, would Super Metroid be my favorite video game. Probably. Everything Metroid does, Super Metroid does better. The only advantage Metroid has over Super is the absence of a map. Some would see that as a negative but I love Metroid for the exploration. There is a charm from Metroid and Metroid II that all other games in the series lack. Oops, got to talking about Metroid for a second there. Anyway, talking to my friends I’ve realized that gaming tastes are strongly based upon what one plays as a kid. And because of this, I think we all are missing out on some awesome games.
There weren’t any other kids that lived near me when I was younger, and my brother is six years older than me. As you can gather, I played a lot of single player games. Fast forward twenty years and it turns out I don’t care much for multiplayer modes. One the other hand, Peter and Will (brothers close to the same age) rather enjoy co-op games. One thing I find odd about myself, I don’t play a lot of RPGs. On paper they are the perfect type of game for me; single player, long campaign, repetitive but rewarding combat. It’s well known I’m a huge Persona fan, so obviously I enjoy that type of game. The only reason I don’t play more RPGs – as far as I can tell – is because I didn’t play them growing up. Read more…
I really liked Guitar Hero for a while before it became more about how many notes you can play than just having a good time. I still find the people who are dedicated to creating new music for the game amazing and there are occasional things that are just plain awesome. This remix of a couple of Legend of Zelda pieces is one of those videos, but not just for the music itself. I really like the way the note track is implemented above some cool game play footage of the games that are being remixed.
It looks like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time might not be the only game in the franchise to be getting a 3D upgrade. Mr. Miyamoto was talking to Next Gen.biz this week and mentioned another game in the franchise that he’d like to see in 3D. There is one other game that people speak VERY fondly of and that would be A Link to the Past.
“I think A Link To The Past. Do you remember Xevious? It’s two-layered and I really wanted to create that at the time. So to see Link To The Past in two layers would be quite attractive for me.”
I can say right now that I’d be signed up for that game the second it’s announced. The question would have to be would Nintendo make another retail game in 3D or would this be a spotlight title for the Enhanced VC games? I can say that I would love to have the game sitting there on my 3DS menu begging to be played because it would get a lot of play time.
I can see this game being very pretty too look at in 3D and while we’re at it, can we please have Muramasa: The Demon Blade in 3D as well?