Nintendo dropped another Zelda related “megaton” this morning by announcing a brand new portable Zelda for the 3DS. The game is set in the same branch of the series timeline as A Link to the Past, and features a similar, top-down 2D overhead perspective.
Nintendo says that the new Zelda game isn’t a remake, but an entirely new title: while the game has a similar art style (albeit redone in 3D,) to A Link to the Past, it features a new rendition of Hyrule to explore, as well as completely new dungeons and a new set of tools and abilities for Link to use. The brief demo shown during today’s Nintendo Direct showed that Link now has the ability to turn into a 2D “paper” version of himself and cling to walls.
The game will be titled “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2,” in Japan, but that title may change when the game comes out in Western territories. The game is set to hit American 3DS’s this holiday season, with a Japanese release to follow sometime in early 2014.
I don’t know how I feel about this game just yet… I love A Link to the Past, but I’m not sure if I like the game’s sorta pre-rendered look: the game sort of looks like a Rare game from the mid-90’s (that is not a compliment.) Still, despite my problems with the game’s aesthetics, if it manages to recapture Link to the Past’s peerless overworld and dungeon design, I’ll still rock a boner for the game that’ll be harder than the Master Sword (I know, I’m a terrible, immature person.)