There’s a good chance that you Nintendo fans are still in shock after learning of a new game in the Zelda series and a possible 3D remake of Majora’s Mask in development for the Nintendo 3DS, but we’ve got even more news that will have you Link fans celebrating. The latest game being considered for translation onto the company’s newest handheld? SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.
A Link to the Past was the first Zelda title to introduce many key elements that would later become staples in the series. It introduced the Master Sword, a rich history for the fictional world, and presented Princess Zelda as a deep character that was more than just a damsel in distress – even though she still was. It also help set the high standards for musical scores now prominent in the series. Nothing has been seen or heard from A Link to the Past since it’s Game Boy Advance remake back in 2002. Only minor changes were included in the re-release, most noticeable were sound effect and vocals taken from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.
Clearly those in charge of the series think there is more potential to be realized, if a recent interview is to be believed. Speaking with gamesradar, Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma says that Miyamoto has been batting around the idea of fiddling with the 2D Zelda games. His example? Potentially adding 3D elements to A Link to the Past, arguably one of the best games in the series.
“That’s something that might be interesting to do, so I would say there might be a possibility of something like that in the future.”
Without the limitations of the GameBoy Advance, an upgrade on the 3DS opens the potential for more than audio touch-ups and hopefully more than mere 3D gimmicks. This could be just the ticket needed to boost sales of the teetering handheld and could be a nice addition to their currently average game library. If Ocarina of Time 3D has taught Nintendo anything, it’s that fans love the classics and will gladly play (and pay) for them again.
Since Nintendo has been spreading the Zelda love lately anyway, focusing ample attention on the franchise during its 25th Anniversary, why not keep it going? While I wouldn’t encourage them to get out of hand with the idea, something Mr. Aonuma is astutely aware could happen, I’d love to see some of the older games re-made or improved.
Does the idea of an updated, 3D capable Link to the Past sound like a good move for the series or do you think these classics should be left classic?
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