GDC 06: Zelda DS-bound

[UPDATE] Link is on his way to Nintendo's portable in an all-new adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. First trailer inside!

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--As part of its keynote address in conjunction with the 2006 Game Developers Conference, Nintendo has announced a new game for the Legend of Zelda series for the Nintendo DS, titled The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The game appears to use the stylus in a few different ways, such as drawing an hourglass shape to open a door, plotting out the path of a ship on the ocean, and writing numbers, though the reasons for the number writing are currently unknown. Gamers will also be able to use the touch screen to direct your boomerang shots, as shown when Link hurled his weapon towards targets on the opposite side of a chasm.

Graphically, the game has a cel-shaded look to it that's similar to Wind Waker, though there's a bit of Four Swords influence in there, as well. The Phantom Hourglass Link is almost a spitting image of his younger self in Wind Waker, with large anime-style doe eyes. The game is shown on the upper screen of the DS, while the lower screen displays your map, but occasionally, the two will switch places. The gameplay appears to rely on some of the same puzzle-based dungeon mechanics seen in previous installments, including hitting multiple colored buttons to affect different things in the world.

The brief demo being shown at the Nintendo keynote also showed Navi, the fairylike sparkling glow that let you see what you were targeting back in The Ocarina of Time, as well as an outdoor battle against a cool, squidlike boss that was perched atop some pillars. Link could attack from the bottom screen with projectiles, and knock the boss to the bottom screen, where he would finish him off with his trusty blade. There was also a clip of Link sailing the seas in a boat, and attacking enemies with a cannon.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is currently scheduled to be released later this year. We'll have more details as they become available.

Discussion

430 comments
jacko_goku69
jacko_goku69

@darkslayer4 These graphics are'nt that bad. judging from that last remark of yours its obvious your a sony fanboy. You probably think your a gangsta by writing "PSP ALL THE WAY!!! GTA!!!!!!!!!!!!" but u r infact a nerd trying to be hardcore by writing comments against games that r superior 2 any of the gay games u play. And also why is it a bad time 2 be buying a ds? Last time i checked it was completely owning the psp. sony is going down while nintendo is going up. just face it, the psp is **** and inferior 2 the ds.

jacko_goku69
jacko_goku69

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Jeansama
Jeansama

Watched the video and it seriously looks smooth. I'm loving the graphics a lot, and it looks like it incorperates the touch bad well.

OhhSnap50893
OhhSnap50893

Apparently it's delayed until Q1 2007, hopefully it will be a little sooner than that.

gang-gsta
gang-gsta

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS NEW PORTABLE ZELDA GAME!!!

overcode
overcode

Yeeee-haw! FINALLY! This is the reason I've been waiting for to buy a DS. I'm gonna wait until the DS Lite comes out and I am absolutely gettting this game. I bet they'll make a DS-Lite/Zelda bundle. F*ckin' A! (still waiting for Twilight Princess, mmmm!) Go Nintendo!

donovad14
donovad14

Zelda DS=Best portable game ever.

noblekorhedron
noblekorhedron

WAHEY! YAAAAAH! Finally, a Zelda game on DS! Thanks Nintendo! Hopefully it'll the be this first of a few, as I don't see the DS going anywhere for about 5 years min. now they've released the 'DS Lite'. Anyone else agree? BTW, is Shighsy still working on Zelda games?

qualeel92
qualeel92

... mario, sonic, and now zelda? just dont forget crash bandicoot!

Gustoff
Gustoff

This is probably going to be one of the greatest games for the DS.

markyuppy
markyuppy

@ Darkslayer4: I also like the PSP but this game does not look "really bad" the graphics are awsome, also it is not a bad time to be a DS gamer, this is the BEST time to be one. if you dont like the DS why bother posting a comment on a DS topic?

AlexSempf3
AlexSempf3

unusual, unique, and... well, absurd... the way I like it...

AlexSempf3
AlexSempf3

unusual, unique, and... well, absurd... the way I like it...

pow1149
pow1149

if you work for nintendo then stop reading this and get back to work!, i want it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! otherwise i hope you share my passion for zelda

Icepick2137
Icepick2137

Nice, but I still want them to make OoT port.

DarkSlayer4
DarkSlayer4

This game looks really bad. It's a bad time to be a DS gamer. Really bad graphics. Just ugly. PSP ALL THE WAY!!! GTA!!!!!!!!!!!!

WingZero8
WingZero8

Not bad a real use of the touch screen I think this game would be a real go getter good gameplay as far as I can tell but I do see some Camera Difficulty.

darc03
darc03

i hope they wont delay again like the tp it bean 2 year i wait for tp

teletran59
teletran59

HELL YEAH! i got ds on release and have been waitin 4 this ever since!!!

Karate_master5
Karate_master5

Well this interesting! Hopefully this game will come out soon , so we can play it while waiting for TP to come out!

AIRVEGETA
AIRVEGETA

jeje very nice, i want a zelda game now! any one, wait, i want TP lol

Mattdaman777
Mattdaman777

crap. you kow what this means? nintendo is probably going to delay tTP again to make it have connectivity with with tPH. or they might have made it have connectivity already and that's just one of the reasons it keeps getting delayed.

jmm0070
jmm0070

pls make it wi-fi and multiplayer also :)

jmm0070
jmm0070

pls make it wi-fi and multiplayer also :)

lcsmad14
lcsmad14

Zelda!!! 3D!!!! awesome!!!! i don't care if it's on DS, it's still gonna rock. Can't wait. Hopefully it wont be too long

andyramone57
andyramone57

Very nice, looks challenging, uses some of that Winder Waker style graphics, and has the zelda puzzles that i would expect from a zelda game.

lageasy311
lageasy311

ds stands for drill seargent, thought you people knew that? lol

ShamanSaix
ShamanSaix

minted,gonna be 1 hell of a game.klklklk

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

ok tmacyao111, which your fav psp games rock the most?

tmacyao111
tmacyao111

This game doesn't have anything on psp games. The psp rocks, the ds sucks. That's all I am saying.

EPaul
EPaul

So when will it come out?

thps48
thps48

I hope this doesn't hinder production on TP 'cause they say this is being made by Aunoma. What will happen?...

Big_Will
Big_Will

very interesting how you do puzzles, should be fun

Big_Will
Big_Will

very interesting how you do puzzles, should be fun

claiross
claiross

oh sweet man I bet the graphics wont be as good as they would be on the gamecube but it'll be interesting to know how they incorprate the stylus and microphone :)

barkingcats
barkingcats

this could either be super awesome or just okay. it'll be interesitng to see what happens.

MilesTormani
MilesTormani

Awesome. Combining the freeform swordplay of Wind Waker with the classic dungeon crawling of old. And you can apparently make notes on the maps whenever the hell you want. Sure, Navi can be annoying, but it seems like she was used in a way that makes sense. What else could you use as a cursor? xx; I'm crossing my fingers on this one.

hiccup
hiccup

Hope this game hit GOLD BABY YEAH.

fitootif
fitootif

Finally a new zelda game... hope it comes soon this year and has Wi-Fi capabilities.

Shekb
Shekb

Hum... DS, shoulda bought one :cry:

Jofulikestofu
Jofulikestofu

I'm not getting my hopes up. For one thing, I'm sick of top-down Zelda handhelds, and judging by the trailer, thats what we're getting. I just don't think It's a good use of DS harware. Even if a top-down game has 3d sprites, the gameplay suffers and unless they make up for it in a huge way, I'm pretty mad. Enormous monster bosses just don't have much substance on 2d. And I've never been a fan of the winwaker/ four swords/ minish cap look, but thats purely taste and won't affect the gameplay, so I'm not too worried.

chingadopollo
chingadopollo

Online Multiplayer like Four Sword Adventures or PSO? Anyway, a Zelda game is always welcome and full of surprises!

Dj_Excalibur
Dj_Excalibur

w000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000t! Finally!!!