Miyamoto experimenting with 2D Zelda, may be bringing it to 3DS


A Link to the Past was the first game in the Zelda franchise that make me a lifelong fan of everything Hyrule. Sure, I had played the NES Legend of Zelda titles, but there was just something about the depth found the in SNES classic that really hit a homerun in my book. From the muli-leveled dungeons, to the collect-a-thon that was the 24 hidden pieces of heart, A Link to the Past had so much to offer. Now it seems as if Miyamoto may be planning on going back the simpler times of gameplay mechanics from the top-down perspective, and nothing could make me happier, not even three kittens and a ball of yarn.

In an interview with gamesradar, Eiji Aonuma was asked whether Nintendo has any plans to make another 2D Zelda game, and he had a few interesting things to say:

“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.”

Even though this doesn’t by mean that the next Zelda title for 3DS will be top-down, it at least means that the fine people at Nintendo are at least toying with the prospect. Seeing as how the last proper top-down Zelda was Minish Cap for the GBA, I think we are more than due for another one. I would even take a 3D Classics version of A Link to the Past, as it is still my favorite 2D Zelda title.

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. Love the idea! The last foray into this style was The Minish Cap, which I feel was overlooked, and people with a DS Lite should go buy a copy and experience it. But I’m hoping Nintendo absolutely does not remake A Link to the Past or the Oracle of Seasons/Ages. They were great, leave them be. Accepting the fact that they are remaking Majoras Mask eventually is disappointing enough.

  2. I agree with Blaise, in that we should lay off the remakes a little bit.

    Or, at least, sell them at a budget price. It doesn’t cost as much to develop, there is little-to-no design involved–pass on the savings!

  3. I love the idea of reintroducing these classics to the current generation! I’m so glad that I get to experience them in a fresh and captivating way. I totally loved OoT 3D. Traversing Hyrule, immersed in the 3D makes me feel like a kid again.
    …Not sure how that experience will translate with a non-realistic Zelda like Link to the Past though.
    In the hands of Miyamoto-San, I’m absolutely confident that the love for his creation will shine through.
    I’m game, fer dang shure!

  4. You had me at Zelda. Then you said Link to the Past, and I had my wallet ready. 🙂 lol Seriously though, like NimH37 said, bring this game back to life for the younger gen of gamers. 🙂

    ^trying to have shorter comments. lol

  5. Love the idea, I hop it become a reality!

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