Miyamoto Wants a New Link to the Past…and So Do I!

It’s little secret that my favorite Zelda game is A Link to the Past.  If I talk about each game in terms of what they brought to the genre, that’s when the original Zelda reins supreme, but in terms of aging, level design, nostalgia and basically everything else I can think of, ALttP has it all.  Don’t listen to Charles and his insanity with Link’s Awakening being the best.  What does he know?!

I will never forget the first time I walked out of the house...

Jokes aside, series creator, and legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto spoke to Edge about his personal thoughts on my favorite Zelda game, and his views mirror my own, he doesn’t want to see the game ported to the 3DS, he wants to see an entirely new game made using ALttP as the template.  Here’s exactly what he said when questioned about porting ALttP to the 3DS.

“I think the answer would be the same if we’re talking about just porting, but I think I’d be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link To The Past. I think it’s important to bring some really new software.”

You can read the rest of the interview by clicking the link above, but I’ve quoted the most important portion of the interview.  For months now Miyamoto-san has been discussing a return the Hyrule created in ALttP, and I honestly couldn’t be any more pleased to hear this.  Even more exciting are the prospects of keeping the same style and gameplay, and then branching out from there.  I have always dreamed of a direct sequel or at least another game made using the same assets from the SNES classic.  Link’s Awakening actually dumbed down the assets to make the game work on the original Game Boy, and when the Oracle games were released, they simply reused the assets from Link’s Awakening.  The Four Swords are about the closet we’ve ever come to a return to that legendary game.

This is just a rendering, but imagine the possibilities!

Many consider the DS Zelda games (Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks) to follow in the footsteps of ALttP because technically those games are 2D, but for some reason many fans consider them to be pseudo-3D titles.  I’m one of those fans that consider them to be 2D, but stylistically all of their own.  They follow Wind Waker perfectly, and should be remembered as such.

I’ve waited over 20 years to return to what I consider the pinnacle of the series.  With Nintendo returning a lot of their franchises to their 2D roots, namely Mario and Donkey Kong, I have never been so excited to hear more about a Zelda game than I am right now.  If there are more of you out there that have always dreamed of another Zelda game set in that wonderful universe, let it be known here and now!

Oh and while you’re at it Nintendo, give me another 2D Metroid in the same vein as Super Metroid.  After Zero Mission I’m dying to play another 2D Metroid!  That is all.

6 thoughts on “Miyamoto Wants a New Link to the Past…and So Do I!”

  1. To be fair, Link’s Awakening might be at or close to the top of my Zelda favorites, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I think it’s the best! I’m a weird guy as far as my tastes go maybe, and I can accept that. ;)

    If I were to single out the best Zelda game, I’d have to pick one from the 2D selection and one from the 3D OoT onward games because it’s honestly a little bit tough to compare them in my mind. That said, yes, I think A Link to the Past is the best 2D Zelda released to date in terms of everything it offered. For some reason that game made me feel really tense all the way through, and in a good way. The way everything came together in such an amazing way… it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I love Link’s Awakening so much as well, but both games offered something really different in terms of atmosphere and gameplay quirks. LA is the one that will always stand out to me but I will easily admit that ALttP is a more robust package.

    As for the best 3D Zelda game, OoT was mind blowing at the time and is still bloody awesome, and Majora’s Mask was a step in a different direction that I absolutely LOVED, but I think it was lucky #3 that mastered absolutely everything that OoT had introduced. The combat, exploration, and story were simply unparalleled and the brilliance didn’t quite carry over to Twilight Princess in my opinion (it felt a bit tired to me). I know Steven will call me out because Wind Waker was “easy”, but that never bothered me. So there, Steven. :p

    And yes, a new ALttP would be phenomenal!

  2. I would absolutely LOVE an update to A Link to the Past. It’s my favorite Zelda game still. It oozes amazing level design, the 2D graphics remain crisp and vibrant to this day, the soundtrack is among the series best, and even the little things are just spot on. A Link to the Past was the first Zelda game to really establish a mood, make a narrative work, and make me feel like the world can change. When I explored the world in the original NES Zelda, I liked the world, but A Link to the Past made me love it. The cold, chilling dark world with its foreboding, rainy weather, for example. It still gives me chills.

    If A Link to the Past is remade, I would buy it day one.

  3. Charles I was just messing with you man. Honestly this series, even in its worst game is awesome. I’ve got a funny question for you guys, what’s your least favorite Zelda game and why? Kind of curious to see the answers I get here.

    Tim I’m with you man, I can honestly say I have played more ALttP than most people have played videogames their entire life. Seriously I have played the game to deth and it never gets old to me. I once played it four times straight back to back for about a day and a half. This is the type of game I can just replay of and over again so if they do indeed make some sort of follow-up and/or remake, I would be ALL over that.

  4. The closest thing we’ve gotten to an ALttP is Four Swords Adventures for the GameCube. It looks and plays the part quite nicely. The only major differences are a lack of an engrossing overworld and collecting items. Other than that, it really played like a follow-up to A Link the Past, and multiplayer made it all the more fun.

    With that being said, going retro is the new thing in gaming nowadays, and I would love a full-fledged spiritual sequel to A Link to the Past, complete with SNES sprite graphics with widescreen and HD resolutions. Grezzo and Nintendo are fully capable of pumping one out. But personally, I’d like to see Majora’s Mask 3DS first. I haven’t played it in more than a decade, but memories of its awesomeness remain in my head.

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