There are few franchises more prestigious than Nintendo’s very own The Legend of Zelda, but, like every great series, fans have their favorite installment. Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker, for example, each hold a special place in many gamers’ hearts, but The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past still maintains a spot as one of the greatest of all-time.

That’s why it was pretty significant news when the Big N revealed in its latest Nintendo Direct presentation that a sequel to the SNES classic would be arriving on the 3DS.

Confirmed by none other than Nintendo President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, the new 3DS Zelda title will take fans back to the world and style of 1992’s A Link to the Past. Confirmed to take place in the same universe as the original Super Nintendo title, this sequel (or perhaps even a prequel) will once again put players in the role of Link — this version of the Hyrule hero looks a little different than his modern day counterparts, though.

Sporting his retro brown hair and green/brown garments, this Link is a 3D representation of the original A Link to the Past‘s protagonist, and the overall gameplay style was also built with the intention of mirroring its predecessor. Despite taking place in the same timeline, however, there will be a number of changes that are being implemented into the final product.

According to Fils-Aime, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 will be based on an entirely new story, feature brand new dungeons, and give Link a unique ability that’s never been seen before. The new power-up in question is the ability to transform into a drawing on the wall, which in turn allows the hero to sneak along ledges and access new areas that would have been impossible to get to otherwise.

The wait for this upcoming portable adventure won’t be that long either, as it was confirmed that fans could look forward to this The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel hitting brick-and-mortar retailers (and the Nintendo eShop) at some point during 2013’s Holiday season. Those who want to get a sneak peek at the game in action on the 3DS can head on over to the handheld’s Nintendo eShop now and download an exclusive trailer if they feel so inclined.

With The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons coming to the eShop on May 30th, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD arriving on Wii U later this year, gamers will have plenty of Zelda to look forward to in 2013. Not too shabby, Ninty. Not too shabby at all.

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Source: Nintendo Direct