Nintendo Has "Ideas" For New 3DS Legend of Zelda Game -- What Are You Hoping For?

Shigeru Miyamoto says "We have ideas" about what Nintendo might do next in the beloved RPG series for 3DS.

Nintendo has "ideas" for what it might do next with the Legend of Zelda series for the 3DS. That's the good news. The bad news is that Nintendo is keeping quiet on what these ideas are. The English translation of a Q&A session following Nintendo's annual shareholder meeting was published today, and in a section discussing future innovation for the Legend of Zelda series, Shigeru Miyamoto teased, "We have ideas for Nintendo 3DS which we have not announced yet, so I hope you will look forward to them."

The most recent Legend of Zelda game for 3DS was last year's The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. One of its unique mechanics was a new ability for Link to morph into a painting to allow him to travel to places he otherwise could not reach.

Also during the investor Q&A session, Miyamoto discussed next year's Legend of Zelda game for Wii U, which is officially labeled an open-world game. Miyamoto said he doesn't really like that term, but he agreed to using it because it makes the game "easier for consumers to understand." For the upcoming Legend of Zelda game for Wii U, open world really means that there will be a "large world in which players can do numerous things daily," Miyamoto said.

This approach is an example of Nintendo trying to expand on the traditional formula of past Zelda games, Miyamoto said. "In the traditional The Legend of Zelda series, the player would play one dungeon at a time. For example, if there are eight dungeons, at the fourth dungeon, some players may think, 'I'm already halfway through the game,' while other players may think, 'I still have half of the game to play.' We are trying to gradually break down such mechanism and develop a game style in which you can enjoy The Legend of Zelda freely in a vast world, whenever you find the time to do so."

What are you hoping to see from the next Legend of Zelda games for Wii U and 3DS? Let us know in the comments below!

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51 comments
sacco_svd
sacco_svd

I only hope for the next 3ds zelda to be a lot bigger, a lot longer and way more challenging on normal mode....they should definitely keep doing these retro style 3rd person view zeldas cause they are just delightful to play in a handheld.

xGarrettThiefX
xGarrettThiefX

Give me house building and farming / crafting in my next Zelda please.

wowwow27
wowwow27

they hit the target the last time,...  so no major change i hope, just a variety of different levels.

chobu22
chobu22

zelda 2 remaster plis

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

I wouldn't mind seeing more of the oracles, Midna, Malon, and Nabooru in future. Hyrule Warriors having Midna does seem like its a good start.

josecoolfun
josecoolfun

I want the legend of zelda: a link to the past 2,the legend of zelda: a link to the past 3,the legend of zelda: a link to the past side stories, and the legend of zelda: a link to the past characters have their own stories with creative gameplays.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

A sequel to Spirit Tracks please. Bring back Toon Link!

guydude3412
guydude3412

THE MORE ZELDA THE BETTER. MY FAVORITE GAME OF ALL TIME. I DON'T CARE WHAT IT IS, GIVE US MORE ZELDA. I AM GOING TO BUY A WII U JUST TO PLAY ZELDA. ZELDA FOR LIFE

PhoenixML
PhoenixML

Didn't you know? Metroid is an RPG too! You gain new powerups and your life meter expands. Apparently, that's all you need to be called a RPG game these days.

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

Yeah let's have Majora's Mask when we can have a completely new Zelda game. GG guys.


(Also, N64 virtual console is coming to Wii U.)

a1zeldamaster
a1zeldamaster

It's not an RPG. RPG's have turn based gameplay and many decisions, not puzzle solving and combat. The sidequests and dialogue with NPC's are RPG aspects, but are secondary to the overall adventure theme.

Kennybob
Kennybob

did I just read Zelda is an RPG game.... wtf it's action adventure, not no damn elder scrolls lol

tony56723
tony56723

Still holding out for a 3DS Majora's Mask remake, even more so after seeing that easter egg in A Link Between Worlds

tiberian_fiend
tiberian_fiend

Is any game with an elf and a sword automatically considered an "RPG" now?

EricShadow366
EricShadow366

IT'S....NOT...AN...RPG!!!!


It's an adventure game.

lostn
lostn

Nintendo, please do a HD remaster of Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword for Wii U (with motion controls optional). I missed both of those games on Wii because after I got rid of my CRT TVs, I had no TV to play Wii or PS2/GC on. They all look too ugly to bear on a modern LCD/LED HDTV. Considering Wind Waker HD only took 6 months to make, it shouldn't be too big an investment of resources and therefore should be quite profitable right? I don't mind if all you did was uprez them and add true widescreen support. That would still be miles better than playing them on the Wii.


There are so many SD games that I just can't play anymore. Think about it, ok?


As for 3DS, just remake Majora's Mask. Don't do anymore touchscreen based games like Spirit Tracks or Phantom Hourglass if you're going to do a new game. Keep the WW style if you want though. It looks prettier than ALBW's style.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Well, you made a Link to the Past sequel....time for a Link's Awakening sequel!


Also have actual dialogue between the characters - yes that means Link must speak.

elheber
elheber

I'd like to be able to pick the gender of my Link, along with a few other attributes. Some rougelike randomization so you don't ever beat the game with the same items twice. A skill tree perhaps.


I'd like deeper combat mechanics and smart enemies. Mid-bosses strewn throughout the overworld.


A small cast of NPC characters that feel more alive than some of the NPCs the Zelda games are accustomed to (who may as well just be signposts with a face). They'd each have their own storyarc that you experience as you help each other through the length of your own quest.


Also, a steampunk Zelda spinoff.

Cybrggame
Cybrggame

Nintendo puts a lot of work into making game mechanics different. However, in my opinion game mechanics can only get you so far. I want to see character development. Show us Link's flaws. We get hints of that in ALBW, with those references to him oversleeping, but isn't as effective as it could be because we don't play through what Link's life was like before all the bad stuff happened. Remember how awesome Kingdom Hearts was, always starting you off in the home town, which takes a good 2-3 hours to get through? That's the kind of thing that would have made ALBW even better. Granted, there could be a very good reason to avoid doing this. Perhaps creating flaws would require a method of story telling which takes too much choice away from the player. Either way, solving this problem will certainly require creativity. What do the rest of you think?

Hagan
Hagan

ALBW is my favorite 3DS game, I wouldn't mind seeing something more like it, but I would also like a 2D Metroid for the 3DS as well

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

My idea? No more big franchise games on the 3DS. Stick them on the living room console, or forgetaboudit

ignautius
ignautius

I just hope Nintendo realizes that "doing dungeons in any order you want" isn't the only way to cure the ills the series has/had.


Doing dungeons in a linear order doesn't have to restrict freedom, and they can still make a game where you CAN do them in any order and mess it up.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I'd like a Majora's Mask remake just fine, but I'd also like a brand new, fresh Zelda experience. I think the Wii U Zelda will give us that, but it would be nice if we could get something super refreshing on 3DS as well.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

To play the last one, fire emblem beckons first though.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Hey I'm all in for a new Legend of Zelda 3DS game but most of us just want Majora's Mask 3DS really and I don't think Nintendo gets it, We been asking this for a while now. What's the hold up?

wowwow27
wowwow27

they can experiment with the wii u, give me at least one solid title i can depend on as an old schooler

imm_84
imm_84

@tiberian_fiend Zelda Is an RPG  Defined : is a game in which players assume the roles of charactors in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. 

imm_84
imm_84

@EricShadow366  Zelda Is an RPG Defined : is a game in which players assume the roles of charactors in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development.

joehendrey
joehendrey

Wii has widescreen support and will do 720 (it might only be interlaced rather than progressive though...can't remember) if you use the rgb cable. I feel your pain though; I cringe at DVD quality and can't stand broadcast television. Still, I wouldn't let the visuals hold you back from skyward sword. Despite the low resolution, it's still a pretty game

t_hunt
t_hunt

@lostn Too ugly to bear? Yeah, you totally don't come across as a shallow gamer. 

tony56723
tony56723

The last time I saw Link talk it was the most horrific thing I had ever seen! I'm looking at you Philips!

joehendrey
joehendrey

Did you ever play majora's mask? It doesn't do all of that stuff, but it does have interesting story archs for most of the NPCs.

Personally I think it would be a mistake to go any further into the RPG space with zelda. I think skyward sword was already going too far. Some of zelda's strongest points are the differences between it and rpgs. If they start having deep loot tables where you end up with an inventory full of sh*t you don't need I'm going to actually cry lol.

hystavito
hystavito

@elheber That stuff you're asking for would be cool, but it seems unlikely because they are too stuck on the kids market.  Maybe, maaaybe, they will finally accept they pretty much lost the kids now to stuff like mobile (in my opinion anyway) and will make the next Zelda more complex and deep for the probably now mostly adult buyers of it.  But, probably not :).

Hybridos
Hybridos

@Hagan Sir you read my mind, a 2D metroid with 3D graphics ala New Super Mario Bros IS what we need.

hystavito
hystavito

@PixelAddict Or at least match the number of big titles 1 for 1, or do ports or something.  Well ports from 3DS to WiiU might be wasting potential, but I guess it'd be better than nothing.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@EasyComeEasyGo Why should they make a remaster when they can make a new game. Remasters are there if they want to quickly whip up launch titles, not full-fledged games.

a1zeldamaster
a1zeldamaster

The combat in Final Fantasy? Mostly turn based. As far as exploration goes, it along with many other games do not have the depth that Zelda has. The new Final Fantasy games may have real time combat, but it isn't as in depth as Zelda, consisting of many QTE's and not the use of several unique items, like the hookshot, fire rod, bombs, etc, to exploit enemy weaknesses.

joehendrey
joehendrey

Your definition sounds good... I don't think that's a good description of zelda though. I think there're two basic types of role playing: one is where you're given a blank slate and you evolve your own character organically through making decisions for them etc. The other is where you're given an existing character and you try and make decisions based on what you think they would do in any given situation. Zelda is more just following along with a pre determined story. There's no decision making or 'role playing' on your part.

That's how I see it anyway

lostn
lostn

@joehendrey All I'm saying is, it wouldn't take long to do a HD remaster. WW was not a simple remaster but a HD remake, which takes more work. And still it only took 6 months to do. They could introduce these two Wii games to a new audience who missed out on the Wii, simply by doing a port and uprez job. Some will even double dip. I think it will be totally worth their while, and Nintendo have shown they aren't averse to the idea themselves.


Skyward Sword was a pretty game. But that console just wasn't made for HDTVs. By the time I got my Wii, I had already got rid of all the CRT tvs in my house, which I regret now. As a result I didn't play much on it and may as well not have owned one.

BTW, I do not know of any Wii games that support 720. Everything I've read tells me the max it can do is 640x480p, and the widescreen is only anamorphic (squashed 4:3 image that your TV stretches out to natural proportions), similar to Gamecube and PS2.

lostn
lostn

@t_hunt @lostn Don't care. If I can choose between games that look good and play good, or games that look bad but play good, I'll always choose the former. Time is limited. No point sacrificing anything.

I suppose by your argument, anyone who buys a PS4, XB1, gaming PC, or anything capable of good graphics is a shallow gamer? Unshallow gamers play outdated consoles like the Wii.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@hystavito Absolutely. Make a higher res version for the Wii U.

Aka give-me-a-reason-to-buy-your-CONSOLE-Nintendo!

a1zeldamaster
a1zeldamaster

Majora's Mask is not the worst Zelda since Zelda 2.

tony56723
tony56723

I'm sure there are people who want a Majora's Mask remake, myself included.

t_hunt
t_hunt

@Chico86_basic @elheber The hardest thing about Skyward Sword is to not get bored from the repetitiveness.