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.