The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel heading to 3DS

New handheld Zelda launching holiday 2013.

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Nintendo has announced a new Zelda game for 3DS.

The game, which currently has no official title, will take place in the same world as 1991's iconic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the SNES.

The new 3DS Zelda will be released during the 2013 holiday season.

Like A Link to the Past, the new 3DS Zelda will predominantly be viewed from a top-down perspective, although Link will be able to transform into a drawing and move across walls. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the new mechanic will play a key role in the game.

Nintendo will shortly make a video of the new 3DS Zelda available on the eShop to illustrate how the perspective shifts in the game will be viewed from the 3D-capable console itself.

Elsewhere in the Nintendo Direct broadcast, the publisher announced that Capcom-developed Game Boy Color titles The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages will be available on the 3DS eShop from May 30.

A new Legend of Zelda for the Wii U is also in development, alongside an HD remake of GameCube classic The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

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559 comments
lostn
lostn

These graphics are doable on DS or download. Just saying.

FireboltDS
FireboltDS

What does "has absolutely never at all had the song from Beauty and the Beast sung to him at any point during his life" exactly mean?

rfza
rfza

To me the video seems kinda stalkerish, the buildings, the barbed wire, and the crackling noise reminds me of a radiation meter, i remember a while back hearing a rumor that bethesda was trying to acquire the licensing for the stalker games

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

Can't wait!! link to the past is still my favorite zelda game

AndreasRufus
AndreasRufus

Hope it got enough own content to be a real "new" title...

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

Ah, forgot a key point.  Nevermind.  Will buy.

anime-2k3
anime-2k3

I wish Nintendo would go back to sprites for their portable games. I really dislike their recent 3d art style. It looks so bland and boring. It feels like it has no soul. Funny that this is a sequel to A Link to the Past but that game from years ago still looks better. 

X-7
X-7

Yes! Sequel to one of my favorite games and re-releasing some of the best games from my childhood. This is awesome!

BOWAlexia
BOWAlexia

Haters can fkn suck it, I cannot contain my excitement!

nintendoman555
nintendoman555

At first I was disappointed that Nintendo wasn't making a 3-D styled Zelda a la Ocarina of Time. However, looking at these screenshots again, I think the game is growing on me. I still hope, though, that Nintendo eventually gets around to making a completely new 3-D Zelda game for a handheld. I don't want them to ditch 2-D Zeldas altogether, but if they decide to make a 2-D one in the future, they could release it on the e-shop so we wouldn't have to pay as steep a price for it.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I like that they're getting back to the old-school Link instead of making another Windwaker or OOT-esque one.  The new 2D mechanic also sounds neat.

Only thing I could complain about is that this is Nintendo doing more of the same (Zelda), but all in all this sounds like a good direction for the series on the 3DS and I hope it does well.

Bubble_Man
Bubble_Man

I hope the piece of the world map we saw was there as a throwback to the original and that there is actually a new one. If Nintendo did decide to reuse the original, I hope they at least expand upon it with several new areas.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

By the end of this year, 3DS will be a complete system that has a solid and plentiful line-up of games.

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

With every new word spoken by Nintendo I get more angry that I wasted my money on a Wii U where I should have just bought a 3DS.  F me.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

ok that is going to be a problem. from what i seen in the comments some people think this is a link to the past remake. So nintendo needs to be more clearer when the game comes out or people need to learn to read

franzito
franzito

Nintendo ran out of ideas and now will milk everything they can to keep up the pace. How can they even dare to touch a title like A Link to the Past and turn into a HD version of sorts? I guess they've became shameless enough to do so.

finalkain
finalkain

lol why is this for 3DS? this should be for Wii U. LttP is an All Time Classic with a Huge following and they know it. Well at least Nintendo will always dominate the handheld market >.>

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

This is my favourite Zelda game. To those who bash Wii U and Nintendo, do you watch Nintendo Direct? Do it before you complain about Wii U sales or lack of games

jubeio
jubeio

Link to the past is still possibly my favourite zelda game, so can't wait for this!

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Interesting. Will be a good game for 3DS owners. Hmm may have to buy it for my nephew then borrow his DS when he is finished.

so_hai
so_hai

If this turns out to be half as good as Spirit Tracks, we should be really worried.

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

@anime-2k3 stfu troll that was the old days now and i dont see a problem wat it looks all i care about is gameplay and extra content i ll have wen it comes out and hopes it has epic boss fights like the first one had

juboner
juboner

@anime-2k3 i agree looks like they put more effort into the old one with the tech they had at the time looks very bland and i dont like how link looks

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@nintendoman555 I wouldn't call the price "steep" before seeing how much content it has. It may have a nice surprise.


I just hope they make it difficult so I can finally justify buying a 3DS.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87

@nintendoman555 Why is the price "steep" because it's in 2-D? Rayman Legends is going for a full $60 and that game is 2-D side-scrolling. Should Ubisoft cut the price and/or release it on eShop too?

I agree though. I like seeing both top-down 2D Zeldas and full 3D Zeldas so hopefully Nintendo will continue releasing both types in the future.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

@Andrew1073 nintendo doesn't get a good line up for their systems untill they are at least 3 years old you'll have to wait until 2014-2015 before the good games come

Majkic666
Majkic666

@Andrew1073 thats why you never buy consoles when they just get out... you wait until you know its worth buying 

franzito
franzito

@Andrew1073  I think Wii U is going to be better after some years. Now is just another system trying to keep up the pace.

TheAlmightyCow
TheAlmightyCow

@Andrew1073 There's probably some nice titles coming up for the WiiU. WW HD looks really good so far! :P

TheAlmightyCow
TheAlmightyCow

@franzito Please. If you've been a fan of nintendo for a long time you would know that they're not milking the IP. They're not remaking the game, they are making a "sequel" of sorts. If you seriously want to see milking go checkout Activision and EA. They're milking their games.

xgraderx
xgraderx

@jubeio Yeah,its one of my favorites as well.This is good news.

Kazuma_Kiryu
Kazuma_Kiryu

@so_hai 

If this turns out to be twice as good as Spirit Tracks, we should really be worried.

MEFreak1984
MEFreak1984

He makes caual Sony fans like me look bad.

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

@Majkic666I was concentrating more on the fact that Nintendo seems perfectly happy to make awesome and fun games for the 3DS and leave their Wii U early supporters feeling left behind.

franzito
franzito

@TheAlmightyCow You deny the fact that every Zelda game that came after Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker were but "new versions" of these games. Or do you really believe Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks are that original because they make use of the Stylus? If that's not milking, then I don't know what it is...

jubeio
jubeio

@xgraderx I Need to try some of the more recent ones to give them a chance

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Andrew1073 @Majkic666 With 3DS Nintendo owns the market(handheld) however the Wii U has serious competition in the home console market(current and next gen) so Nintendo may want to do a big reveal at E3 for titles they haven't announced yet. 


At any rate that's why I wait before buying a home console(bought ps3 in 08) no need to rush out and buy early. 

franzito
franzito

@TheAlmightyCow @Andrew1073 The only thing that drawn attention to TP was the ability to turn into a wolf but even that felt boring after some time. Becoming a wolf couldn't compete with the gimmicky equipment Zelda always had

franzito
franzito

@Andrew1073 TP was a breeze for me because there were so many things from past Zeldas that I just finished the game faster than I could imagine. Just had to look for hints about the ghosts, bugs and some hearts pieces as usual. The dungeons had the fewest original puzzles in a Zelda game ever IMHO. But it doesn't mean it wasn't cool.

franzito
franzito

@TheAlmightyCow I don't question the Zelda's games quality. But they feel alike here and there subtlety. The whole "explore the dungeon while solving tricky puzzles" is a Zelda trademark but even this sometimes has its deja vus. But no doubt that FPS games play alike and that's kinda what we're seeing now as gamers: a copy of a copy of a copy.

TheAlmightyCow
TheAlmightyCow

@franzito @TheAlmightyCow Yeah. They might have the same CORE gameplay but none of them FEEL alike. If you play (for example) Modern Warfare 2, then Modern Warfare 3 it's hard to tell which is which. But the Zelda games are almost always top quality and I wouldn't consider the franchise to be "milked". But ofc, we all have different opinions.