Zelda 3D Developed by Grezzo Co, Not Nintendo EAD

Secret of Mana director's studio in charge

Until now, we had assumed that Nintendo EAD, responsible for most Zelda games, would develop the hotly anticipated 3DS title The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but an OFLC rating has revealed that the honour instead belongs to little-known Japanese studio Grezzo Co.

Grezzo is helmed by Koichi Ishii, who worked on the Final Fantasy series all the way back to the original before directing Secret of Mana, one of the most highly regarded Super Nintendo RPGs ever made. In other words, the game is in good hands.

As of now, however, the studio's only title has been the Japan-only WiiWare release Line Attack Heroes. At the time, we said of the game:

It looks like a beat-em-up in a closed arena in which you use remote waves to beat the daylights out of opponents who then join your character in a conga line, thereby increasing your combat ability. There are fights against large bosses which see you whipping your line about and deploying your troops in different formations, reminding us of Little King's Story.

It's not the first time this has happened – the Nintendo 64 port of Resident Evil 2 was shopped out to Angel Studios, for example, and that turned out quite well. We're sure that Nintendo wouldn't put such a pivotal release in irresponsible hands, instead likely buzzing about the developers' heads Navi-like to make sure the project is up to the standard that fans expect. After all, it's dangerous to go alone.

[via aussie-nintendo.com, eurogamer.net]