On the Nintendo Direct, Reggie just announced a sequel to Link to the Past. Amazing. Will post new details as they arrive.
A New Game in The Legend of Zelda Series: Nintendo developers are working on a new game set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which launched for Super NES in 1992. The game makes use of the 3D abilities of Nintendo 3DS, and allows Link to become a drawing and move along walls. A 3D video of the new game is now available to download in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, says the 3DS sequel will "reinvigorate the flat 2D world of A Link to the Past with a sense of height and volume" by utilizing the stereoscopic 3D capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS. The game, which does not have a final title in North America, will feature "an original storyline and all new dungeons."
Update: Nintendo confirmed to Polygon that the new Zelda game set in the world of A Link to the Past is being developed by series producer Eiji Aonuma and his team at Nintendo EAD.
Source: Nintendo Direct / Nintendo press release | Polygon
The one thing that worries me about it being EAD developed is that the DS games felt very low-priority and rushed... and sort of like they were done by the B-Squad. Hopefully some care is going into this project and they will delay it if it needs to be polished or expanded.
Because I already had one and sold it. It was cool but not enough games on it, and I kinda hated how small the viewing angle was for 3d...you couldn't move your hands much..... although an XL is enticing I don't have a shit ton of money and I planned on getting a wii u if anything.
There is a '2' in the Japanese title. So, yeah, I think as I described today, it's an all-new game, it is an all-new story. From a story perspective there are connections, so it does fall after A Link to the Past. And it's set in the same world, but introduces that new gameplay mechanic. So, yeah, I guess by that definition ...
@Hinph I'm sorry to be a skeptic, but that was the most wishy-washy answer I've read in my life.
I kind of suspect that no one knows what it is precisely because it started off as a remake, started turning into something more, but never quite got into brand new game territory. The binary remake / sequel might not even apply to this title.
Time will tell. I'll be totally happy if it uses the same basic overworld from LTTP but then features a brand new alternate dimension version of it like the dark world. There will obviously be some changes, the basic progression path won't be the same, and it would be a total nostalgia trip to see what has happened with some of the NPCs and such... plus, all new dungeons are a given.
Items are another area where I'm worried, as the recent trend is to minimize how many are in the games. A shit ton of them better be in a game that is trying to be like LTTP, however... even ones that you barely use or aren't necessary to complete the game at all.
Yeah, that stood out to me as well. Perhaps there are more that they just aren't ready to talk about. I sure hope so.
But yeah, even if this is Link to the Past: The Master Quest, I'll probably enjoy it more than any other game in 2013. I hope Nintendo has realized that there are gamers that want classic Zelda experiences just as much as they want classic Mario.
It definitely isn't a remake. They have confirmed new story, all new dungeons, and the 2D walking-across-walls feature. The only area where people are concerned is with the fact that we've seen a very tiny section of the overworld with the same layout as the first game... but that doesn't tell us what else there might be. Perhaps the entire LTTP overworld is in the game in addition to a whole lot more. Maybe there's a portal to another dimension like the dark world... all we can really do is speculate until they show more. I'm taking the optimistic road.
In the area of minor gripes, I really wish that they had given Link a new voice and tried to make the character model look slightly older... you know, just to more closely resemble the original artwork.
@Hinph That's not the only area where I'm concerned. This is what I've seen:
Overworld that is definitely the same in parts... possible in whole. Dungeon that may be "new"... but reminds me heavily of the dungeon you climb up that had those same grates and same enemies in the original. Could just be a remake of that dungeon. Bill Trinen being unable to come out and just say it's a completely brand new game, instead giving a wishy washy answer and mentioning one new gameplay mechanic.
Really what I'm seeing so far makes me think "Link to the Past remake that got turned into something more at some point". I would bet it comes out within the next few days / weeks that this started as a Link to the Past remake. This doesn't necessarily mean that it has to end as one, but I think we're going to see an awful lot of stuff returning from Link to the Past, moreso than most brand new sequels... characters, items, etc.