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?!
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.
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.