Nintendo Is Considering Remaking 2D Zelda Games in 3D

Recently, Nintendo released a 3D version of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time for the 3DS and apparently, since then, Shigeru Miyamoto has been seriously considering porting other iterations of the series to the handheld as well.

This is what Eiji Aonuma said in a recent interview with GamesRadar: “Well actually, even Mr. Miyamoto himself has been talking recently about going back to the 2D Zelda games, in particular the ones that were designed with multiple levels to the world like A Link to the Past, and taking those 2D graphics and recreating them in 3D so that you could get a sense for the depth of those worlds.”

“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,” Aonuma added. The idea of remaking Zelda games with a 3D effect seems particularly well suited because those always were fully-realized worlds that were a blast to explore.

Although it’s in 3D, most fans of the series have been suggesting that Majora’s Mask should be the next iteration to receive the 3D treatment and this actually makes a lot of sense because the game runs on the same graphics engine as The Ocarina of Time and it seems like a smooth transition for the development team. Majora’s Mask came out in North America on October 26, 2000 and it eventually sold around 3 million units worldwide. Both the story and gameplay use some pretty interesting devices so for example, the game takes place in three day cycles that are repeated over and over again until you overcome certain challenges. Additionally, Link learns to play new songs on his Ocarina, allowing him to change the course of time, open passages and so forth.

At the same time many other fans are demanding A Link to the Past, one of the most beloved titles in the franchise. Originally released in 1991 for the Super Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo. The title follows the story of Link as he goes on a journey to save Hyrule and defeat Ganon. A top down perspective similarly to the one present in the first game is used and some new mechanics and elements really popular in the series became standard after being implemented in this game. A Link to the Past has received some modern releases like the Game Boy Advance and Virtual Console versions.

Finally, other players want to go back and explore the world of the Wind Waker once again. The title was released for the Nintendo GameCube in North America on March 24, 2003 and the game is set in a group of islands and a huge sea. The game lets you sail, explore islands, travel through various dungeons at the same time it retains the basic functionality of older Nintendo 64 games. Despite receiving a proper sequel for the DS (Phantom Hourglass,) most fans want to go back and revisit this vast world.

Source: Kotaku

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    If I had to pick one, I’d rather have Majora’s Mask remade, but I’d like both! I would very much take both!