The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 will feature a dark world

Producer also says users will need to play the next Zelda game with 3D to get the full experience.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed the existence of Link to the Past 2's dark world in an interview with GameSpot sister site CNET.

The dark world was a central part of the 1992 SNES original--it was the realm where longtime series antagonist Ganondorf had been imprisoned--and required hero Link to have the Moon Pearl in his inventory; otherwise, he would transform into a pink rabbit upon entering.

A common motif of Zelda games is being able to travel to alternate worlds, with Ocarina of Time allowing Link to travel to a dark future and Twilight Princess featuring its own twilight world.

Also in the interview, Aonuma said that the game was being designed specifically for the 3DS' lenticular screen and that players wouldn't be able to experience A Link to the Past 2 without having the console's 3D slider cranked to maximum.

Aonuma also says that the idea of Link being able to transform into a painting originated from the Phantom Ganon boss fight from the N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Phantom Ganon attacked Link by hiding in six identical paintings.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 will be released for the 3DS later this year.

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SteinerRecliner
SteinerRecliner

Awesome, I'm glad to hear. I had a feeling it was going to be in but I'm glad to see that it has been confirmed. This is easily my most anticipated game of 2013.

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

Really wished this was on a system I owned.  I loved the original and know I would absolutely love this game as well...enough to go out and buy a 3DS?  NOPE.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

This is one of the best Zelda games, I hope they keep it great! I dont like playing with 3D so i Hope u dont need it to much!

lamprey263
lamprey263

This is news worthy? That's like getting reassurance that the next Mortal Kombat game will have fatalities.

Looking forward to it nonetheless, a great addition to my 3DS collection for sure.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

They should leave this timeless masterpiece alone. You know, in stead of making sequels and HD remakes, make new games that we will someday also call classics.

rushiosan
rushiosan

A Link to the Past 2 sounds more like "A Link to the Past - Revisited in 3D"

ZipGalaxy
ZipGalaxy

Sequels.... ugh... Nintendo needs to get out of its rut and innovate. Don't use new technology to optimize the game play and story, use the game play and story to optimize the technology. Books have never changed medium and they never fail to convey a thrilling story (however there are bad stories). I understand that creating a new world can be difficult and that nostalgia is a very powerful force but if you don't create new ideas you fail to reach new audiences. 

Ideas for new Zelda game: 

Investigate the relationship between Link, Zelda, and Ganon. Humanize the characters and give them deep and meaningful dialogue. Mix linear and open world exploration to bring meaning to towns and dungeons. Have strong side characters to develop the world and main characters. Innovate the battle system, change it from a hack-and-slash system to a thoughtful fluid battle system that utilizes tactics and talent differentiation. Don't be afraid to use good graphics, while cell-shading is endearing I believe a touch of realism would bring life into the world. Maybe consider voice actors, voice acting does wonders for crafting a convincing story. 

All of these are just ideas, I doubt Nintendo will be innovating the Zelda series anytime soon, or ever.

titus30075
titus30075

 I know times are tough but it's sad seeing Nintendo sell out this low.

bksonic123
bksonic123

The Link painting looks like the drawing from the Wind Waker prologue.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Fuck 3D gaming and movies.  All they do is give me a headache.  The technology is not advanced enough to depend on yet.  Stop trying to shovel it down our throats.

decoy1978
decoy1978

I have a 3DS and I really don't like the 3D scaler. I think they should have just done without 3D and it would still have sold strongly.


Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

So they're forcing 3D? That's not a good idea. I use parental controls to remove 3D because I hate it.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Gosh I'm too excited with this game! Can't wait to play it already, loved the original ALTTP so much.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

" users will need to play the next Zelda game with 3D to get the full experience. "

*Picardfacepalm.jpg*

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

This is why Nintendo is shit. I opened this article very excited and honestly willing to finally buy a Wii U for this game, only to find out it's a 3DS game.

rpvarela
rpvarela

This is the equivalent of saying that a sequel to Majora's Mask will feature the mask... why would they bother calling it ALttP2 if there was no Dark World in it? :P

deth420
deth420

heres an idea. instead of putting it on the handheld no one wants, try putting it on the console no one wants.

I predict nintendo wont do anymore consoles, just handhelds. as all the games people really want to play, are put on there. with the crappy party games for the home system.

Prime_28
Prime_28

I think this game has convinced me to buy a 3ds.

shingui5
shingui5

"Aonuma said that the game was being designed specifically for the 3DS' lenticular screen and that players wouldn't be able to experience A Link to the Past 2 without having the console's 3D slider cranked to maximum."

i hope this is bland corporate speak, used hype up their game, because if 3D is integral to the game, i can't play it. This isn't one of those 'i refuse to use a gimmick' comments, instead,  i have a disability that renders it impossible for me to see the illusion of 3D images.

i really hope this isn't the case, since this is one of my most anticipated games this year. It'd be a damn shame to miss it because they forced 3D down our throats. 

klaisn
klaisn

@Andrew1073 Too bad since it currently is the best console out. Ended up being my favorite of the current generation, actually.

rushiosan
rushiosan

@ZipGalaxy Adding tactics to a Zelda game? Talent? Changing battle system? Did I just read that? I'm glad you don't work for Nintendo.

HiroArka
HiroArka

@titus30075 Your either 30 or over and nerd rage over your precious classics being supposedly " Abused " OR your a new generation kid who is new to video games and does not understand how the business works and seem to only think about corporate greed * yadda yadda yadda * OR you do not really know what your talking about and just want to ramble on about nothing and rustle some jimmies.

HiroArka
HiroArka

@Grenadeh Go nom some Doritos and drink some Mountain Dew to sooth your unnecessary Nerd Rage 

grove12345
grove12345

@Grenadeh honestly no reason to buy a WiiU. Just stick with the 3ds. Reason why one sells great and the other is doing horrible

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

@rpvarela umm because at the end of the first one the Dark World was destroyed?

Solace427
Solace427

@rpvarela Yeah what he said! XD no point posting it when you said it lol

rushiosan
rushiosan

@deth420 Just link them both through a third game to boost sales, that would be epic. Oh, wait...

voljin1987
voljin1987

@deth420 i guess you wanted to play it on the vita.. that joke handheld..

NipplzDaClown
NipplzDaClown

@deth420 I am actually purchasing a 3ds XL just for this Zelda game so i can play Ocarina of Time too. I think a lot of people really like the 3DS. 

Mikelikel9
Mikelikel9

@deth420 Pretty sure that the 3DS is ridiculously successful at this point and will only continue to gain momentum, so saying no one wants it is your (rather poor) opinion. Tho I agree a WiiU version would significantly boost sales, it makes sense to bring this to 3DS from a business standpoint.

Also, it is very likely that we will see a console/handheld hybrid from nintendo next gen anyway since they combined their console/handheld hardware development teams recently.  

bksonic123
bksonic123

@shingui5 In Mario 3D land, some of the 3D puzzles could be completed without the 3D by stepping on a switch to change the perspective, so hopefully they'll do the same thing in this game.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

@shingui5 i'm sure you can play the game without the 3D off just like any other 3DS games. Or it like 3D televisions you can still watch it even if the 3d is on. 

I mean the 3D tvs that use the special gray glasses. I now that if i don't put this someone will through a technical hiss fit

titus30075
titus30075

@HiroArka @titus30075 "you do not really know what your talking about". That is exactly what I was thinking while reading through your incoherent mess. 

titus30075
titus30075

@abHS4L88 @titus30075 They have run out of ideas and digging deep in the barrel for a dollar? Use your head, I can't think for you. 

rpvarela
rpvarela

@mikemaj82 @rpvarela nah, something horrible happens to Ganon in almost every game... yet there he is again.

Same as Bowser, Ridley and Capcom's Sigma... old-school villains are hard to kill!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Mikelikel9 @deth420 No one wants a 3DS. The fact that it is top of the handheld market doesn't change that.

Some of us are adults and don't want to look at a tiny screen.

titus30075
titus30075

@HiroArka @titus30075 You have your imaginary friends look over your Gamespot comments? You guys must have an awesome time together. 

HiroArka
HiroArka

@titus30075 @HiroArka Just had a few friends read over what I typed out and they read it just fine. Maybe you need new glasses or perhaps you should read more books and lay off the Video Games for awhile. I do hope this is not too incoherent for you.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@titus30075

Building upon and expanding on an idea is not selling out you idiot. If this game is selling out, then what the hell has pretty much every other major developer been doing for the past 5 years? 

Stebsis
Stebsis

@titus30075 @abHS4L88 If they'd run out of ideas, they'd remake Link to the Past, not make a sequel

malokevi
malokevi

@Grenadeh *Grenadeh then whips out smartphone and starts hammering away on a tiny screen