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Miyamoto Mulls Remaking 2-D Zelda Games

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Hot on the heels of the news that the 3DS is besting the DS's benchmark sales, and reports that the 3DS's sales have exploded since the price-drop in July - and in no doubt timed to coincide with the peak of Nintendo's Skyward Sword hype machine - reports are coming out that Shigeru Miyamoto is thinking of re-working classic 2-D Zelda games for 3-D. Citing an interview with GamesRadar, they're reporting on this quote from Eiji Aonuma, the mastermind perhaps most responsible for the Zelda series since Wind Waker:

"Well actually, even Mr. Miyamoto himself has been talking recently about going back to the 2D Zelda games," he said, "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."

The most obvious candidate for this kind of conversion would be A Link To The Past, whose gorgeous 2-D visuals helped pioneer the artistic and atmospheric use of parallax and shading to suggest vertical depth in a three-quarter view game. The fact that, like Ocarina of Time (whose 3D remake has made Nintendo a lot of money), it is one of the most beloved video games of its era helps make sense of the idea from a financial standpoint, too. A re-worked, re-released A Link To The Past could be a banner title for Nintendo's emerging digital distribution service.

Whether "recreating them in 3D" means recreating the worlds in polygon form as well as adding depth perception is not immediately apparent, and at the moment this isn't much more than a comment from one of Nintendo's higer-ups. That being said, Nintendo doesn't make a habit of just throwing things out there like this.

7 Comments

Steven said:

I'd rather they go back and make the 3D games in 2D. Nothing yet has looked as good or played as well as LttP.

I'll take stylized of realistic any day.

JD said:

DON'T YOU DO IT, MIYAMOTO!

I'm cool with a graphical refresh as long as it nods to the original style and doesn't alter gameplay, but these games are classics and need to be treated reverently. There's no need for hasty overhauls.

Shin Gallon said:

I'd be much more interested in the Japanese-disc-system-only SNES quality remake of the original Zelda getting either a Wii-ware or 3DS download release. I've wanted to play that for YEARS.

Silver Phoenix said:

It would be better to make more 2-D Zelda games on a console instead of focusing so damn much on their handheld. That would be refreshing.

Dexter said:

I don't understand why link to the past is so revered. The gameplay just hasn't held up as much as something like super metroid. It is not nearly as satisfying as I remember link's awakening being back in the day.

prettygirbot said:

Steven I could not agree more! I hate the play style of current Zelda games. OoT bores me to tears when I try to replay it. But I have played ALTTP well over 100 times.

Shin Gallon said:

"OoT bores me to tears when I try to replay it."

I thought I was the only one...

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