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Miyamoto: A Link to the Past Could be Reworked for the 3DS

Posted by Trevor Chan

Hyrule just looks too good in 3D

Deciding which old classics get the 3DS treatment is probably a more difficult task than we as consumers can imagine. Luckily, we have designers like Shigeru Miyamoto who seem to have a pretty clear idea on what might and might not work.

Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, Miyamoto explained why The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was picked to be reworked on for the 3DS and talked about some of the differences we'll see when Link embarks on his time traveling adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D:

We thought the world of Hyrule would be more immersive for the players to experience in 3D and also the horse riding and the thrill of exploring would be heightened... The touch screen allows users to place items where they want and also to display the map. It uses the 3DS gyro sensor to fire Link's bow and arrow and his slingshot, too. This can be difficult with a controller, but more intuitive moving the 3DS around to aim.

When asked if Nintendo had plans to adapt more titles from its library of classics, Miyamoto echoed his words from a previous interview conducted by Edge:

Not really. We would like to create more new titles. For example, this year we are making Super Mario 3D, but it's not really a remake of [the Wii's Super Mario] Galaxy. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past could be one of them. I think it would be good to see that world with a layered 3D effect.

We'd certainly be interested in seeing a 3DS version of A Link to the Past, despite series producer Eiji Aonuma's fears that Zelda remakes might have a detrimental effect on gamers' emotional attachment to past titles. Either way, it's good to hear that Nintendo is keen on making new games instead of just releasing straight ports, and that the prospect of having another Zelda classic on the 3DS is definitely something to be excited about.

[via guardian.co.uk]

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Bass_X0

#2

Bass_X0 said:

I would prefer being able to walk around ALTTP's Hyrule in 3D like I would do in Ocarina of Time and other later console Zelda games rather than seeing the game from the same perspective as the original SNES version but made from polygons and with a 3D effect.

WaveyChristmas

#4

WaveyChristmas said:

It's annoying that the 3DS gyro controls destroy the 3D effect....I can see many people switching to traditional controls over gyro because of that problem.

Azikira

#5

Azikira said:

I like a good port as much as the next guy, but im glad they are more focused on making new games for us to enjoy! :3

Burning_Spear

#6

Burning_Spear said:

Nothing against Zelda, and I'm sure this would be hotly received, but I'm hearing much too much talk about remakes for the 3DS. There is already one Zelda remake for the 3DS. ... How about a new one?

Kid_A

#7

Kid_A said:

Good gracious, this would be wonderful. I agree with Aonuma that these remakes could be dangerous if taken too far, but some games, like Ocarina of Time or A Link to the Past just need to be experienced by every gamer. Just think of all the people out there who picked up a 3DS as their first gaming console, and how blown away they're going to be when they play Ocarina for the first time, or, hopefully someday, A Link to the Past. These remakes give Nintendo the opportunity to take their classics to an entirely new generation of gamers, and if the right kind of effort is put into them, I think that's really great.

Meta-Rift

#9

Meta-Rift said:

As I've said before, I only like remakes if they feel really different from the original because of big changes that would not have been possible before. At this point, ALttP is the only Zelda game I want to see remade, and only if it isn't top-down. Hearing this for the second time frightens me. First they re-release a polished version of OoT, and now he wants to do the same for ALttP without any radical changes.

grumblebuzzz

#11

grumblebuzzz said:

@9. I'm not a gigantic fan of it, to be honest, but a lot of people really love it. It's more like the first Legend of Zelda, only a bit deeper and with 16 bit graphics.

LordJumpMad

#12

LordJumpMad said:

@Zach, you must be joking, right?
Well, A Link to the Past is what really made Zelda games, what they are today.
From it's Music, and it's deep story.
It is the best 2D Zelda game ever made.

jedikitty

#13

jedikitty said:

@9 Play it - it's awesome !

I'm all for this. LttP was my first Zelda waaaay back when. Eee.

Robo-goose

#15

Robo-goose said:

I'm partly with Eiji Aonuma on this one, but I would kick two puppies for a Wind Waker 3DS game, and we all know that the cruelest/hardest thing to do is kick a puppy.

NintyMan

#16

NintyMan said:

It is nice to want things.

Glad to hear that Miyamoto realizes that it's best to make more new games than remakes. I'm sure he always knew that, but it's still very assuring.

daznsaz

#21

daznsaz said:

just waiting now judging by the games ive seen on 3ds so far looking forward to seeing oots new lick of paint

Bass_X0

#22

Bass_X0 said:

How about a new one?

Yes, a new game would be great but you know how long it takes for new Zelda games to be developed. Sure Skyward Sword is out soon on Wii but if it weren't for remakes, there would be no Zelda games at all on 3DS any time soon. The Ocarina of Time remake allows Nintendo to produce a large game very quickly. They could not develop a completely new game the length of OoT in the same time it took to enhance OoT. I am confident a new game is being developed in the background but that its way too soon to tell the public any details about it.

spoon07

#23

spoon07 said:

Classic or Remake I want play A Link to the Past on 3DS! Greatest Video Game of All Time!!!

Token_Girl

#25

Token_Girl said:

It would be a great 3D Classic. I'd rather see new games getting retail efforts for a while though.

Kevin

#26

Kevin said:

I'd rather take Majora's Mask, Never liked that game to be honest.

Shiryu

#27

Shiryu said:

If they do it, I'll buy it! But how about some F-Zero love, Miyamoto-san!?

TeeJay

#30

TeeJay said:

@29 & 3
I don't think it would be nearly as good that way, because a lot of the puzzles, if not all of them, work only because we can see the world from a top-down angle. Seeing ALTTP's Hyrule in the same way as OoT's Hyrule would make these puzzles impossible to solve.

SilverBaretta

#31

SilverBaretta said:

I definitely agree with Robo-goose on this one. ALttp would be awesome, but I'd much have an even more vibrant art-styled game like Wind Waker in 3D. It's my favorite after all. ;)

LuWiiGi

#33

LuWiiGi said:

I happened to be reading this newspaper and Miyamoto certainly said some interesting things. Personally, I'd love more ports, as I've never had a chance to play any classic Nintendo games.

Punny

#34

Punny said:

I said it before, but I'll say it again: I would love to see A Link to the Past in 3D, even if it is just a 3D Classic. :)

pntjr

#35

pntjr said:

zelda is so stupid! he should remake New Super Mario [wii] for the 3ds!

suburban_sensei

#36

suburban_sensei said:

I'd rather just see this as a 3D Classic on the eShop. A Link to the Past is great, but not my favorite Zelda game (that goes to OoT).

Glade

#37

Glade said:

I don't mind remaking classics at all since games like OoT and others, basically all those before the 21st century as I and a large amount of new gamers have not played at all. However for the remaking of 3D classics I could only see those ending up on the Classics list on eShop. There as DLC nintendo will make millions off people like me :D

Meta-Rift

#38

Meta-Rift said:

@37: No, they should completely forget about all of their trump cards and make Halo 3DS.

brandonbwii

#40

brandonbwii said:

"Not really. We would like to create more new titles. For example, this year we are making Super Mario 3D, but it's not really a remake of [the Wii's Super Mario] Galaxy. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past could be one of them. I think it would be good to see that world with a layered 3D effect."

This doesn't make much sense to me. Is he saying he wants to make an original title with elements of A Link to the Past? If this is so, then the next handheld Zelda could be better than ever.

Wheels2050

#41

Wheels2050 said:

While I'm sure a LTTP remake would do very well for Nintendo, how about making some new games?

I know it's not true, but it at least seems like the majority of games they've announced lately are ports or remakes...

Meta-Rift

#42

Meta-Rift said:

@42: That's what I thought at first, but I'm guessing it's not a perfect translation. If that really is what he means, this could be the best thing that ever happened to Zelda.

@41: It wasn't really a remake. More like a direct port.

motang

#43

motang said:

I would like to see a 3D remake of Link to the Past, but how about we get some original IPs first. :)

timp29

#44

timp29 said:

@Zach ALTTP is a great game, especially the first time you play it. It might seem a little dated and repetitive compared to newer titles. I guess I have the rose tinted glasses from playing it in its heyday of SNES.
It is a long game, with heaps of dungeons and heaps of side tasks. It probably has the most compelling intro however, you get straight into the action, without the 'learning curve' that seems to be built into all modern zeldas.

Kdeeze

#46

Kdeeze said:

I think the reason why the 3DS will have so many N64 remakes is because of this: the N64 was Nintendo's first "3D" console. Thus, Nintendo's REAL 3D console might have remakes of N64 games.

It makes sense when you think about it, both consoles are firsts for Nintendo: 3D graphics on the N64, Stereoscopic 3D on the 3DS.

Bassman_Q

#47

Bassman_Q said:

Meh. There's too many remakes coming out on the 3DS right now. And I mean WAY too many. While ALttP was a really good game, it ranks pretty low for me when compared to the other Zelda games, specifically Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Link's Awakening, so I wouldn't be so excited on that being remade.

Give us something new with that concept of layered 2D in a NEW Zelda game, however, and I'd buy it day 1. :)

RedYoshi999

#48

RedYoshi999 said:

NO I WANT MAJORA'S MASK 3D!! Sorry ALTTP, but growing up with 3D Zelda's didn't help to make me appreciate you after deciding to try a 2D Zelda. It's funny how I can't stand 2D Zelda but I love 2D Mario.

Scribbler

#49

Scribbler said:

@timp29 Repetitive? I thought it was the least repetitive of the entire series in that it was based more on exploration and environmental puzzles rather than inventory puzzles and combat like the later 3D games. You could literally play the game however you wanted, and it never punished you for being creative.

If any Zelda game really "needs" to be remade, it's The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The original felt so rushed and incomplete, and Miyamoto himself said that this game is the reason why Nintendo doesn't adhere to strict release dates when it comes to their top-tier franchises. Imagine this: "The Wind Waker Director's Cut. The original vision brought to life." I'd pay full price for that.

On the article itself, interviews with Shigeru Miyamoto are always interesting reads. He doesn't really strike me as a game designer, just an artist with varied interests, and one of them just happens to be video games. He maintains this defiant outsider status that makes him more interesting to listen to than others.

WhiteTrashGuy

#50

WhiteTrashGuy said:

People need to stop bitching about the gyro controls. I can play Face Raiders in 3D just fine and still shoot stuff down. I don't think I will have any problem with OoT.

SunnySnivy

#51

SunnySnivy said:

Never played A Link to the Past. Excited, this will be an excuse for me to FINALLY play it!

FluttershyGuy

#52

FluttershyGuy said:

Can easily see this AT LEAST being one of the console classics being retooled in 3D and sold on eShop channel. That's not really made clear here. If it would be a standalone remake sold at retail like Ocarina 3D, or simply presented with minimal changes in 3D on eShop. If it's the former, it'd be nice to see a little more done with it, since the GBA port was only like 8 years ago. Whatever the case, the more Zelda the better. :)

And I still think if anything deserves and is overdue for a remake, it's the original NES Zelda. I don't think anybody outside Japan ever played the Satellaview (or whatever it was called) version.

Bass_X0

#54

Bass_X0 said:

I honestly think they should cut with the remakes/ports. Just saying.

What do we get instead? Shovelware. Big games take years to produce from nothing.

Mandoble

#56

Mandoble said:

So now Super Mario 3DS is not a remake, oh, well ... ... and Mario Kart Wii was no a remake of Game Cube Double Dash. Definitively I need to revise my concept of "remake". Anyway, might be in the future Nintendo will become creative again, not that this seems to be in their lazy plans for the moment.

WaLzgiStaff

#58

WaLzgi said:

"Not really. We would like to create more new titles."

And why exactly are people whining about remakes even though he said this^^

Bass_X0

#61

Bass_X0 said:

No, Link to a past was remaked already on GBA.

In modern graphics? New play control? Additional dungeons and options?

No. It was not. The GBA version was a port of the SNES game but with a seperate multiplayer game included too that many couldn't play because of the requiremements needed for each player (four GBAs and four copies of the game). Mario Advance 1 was a remake of NES Super Mario Bros. 2 (although it had All*Stars graphics). You're getting yourself confused now to what is a remake and whats not. Besides, I doubt after spending $200 on their new 3DS, many owners won't want to go back and play their old DS Lites if they still have them to play a port of a first generation SNES game.

Nightwalker

#63

Nightwalker said:

I'd rather see a new title, instead of every single 2D classic being remade in 3D. :/
Running out of fresh ideas, maybe?

komicturtle

#64

komicturtle said:

I really want to see them three triforce games (you know, the "Oracle of") come back. Or, just revive the 3rd version of Ages and Seasons. I'd so would love to see that.

StarDust4Ever

#65

StarDust4Ever said:

3D Dot heroes (PS3) is basically an extremely well made knock-off of the original NES Zeldas, taking place in a gorgeous 3D voxel universe. I don't care if they decide to use voxels (3D pixels) or vector polygons, but if this game is transformed into an explorable 3D Universe with a side-view perspective (fixed or not) in 3rd-person, I'm all for it. Super Mario RPG and it's isomorphic suedo-2d/3d could also greatly benefit from the full 3d-polygon treatment, with stereographic display as a bonus. However, I seriously doubt that a top down map-style view of the Hyrule universe in Omnipotent perspective with 2D Paper-Mario style origami pop-ups would be effective at all :P

TheNick856

#66

TheNick856 said:

PLEASE DO!!! Link to the past is one of the best Zelda games ever in my opinion! BUT don't remake it in 3D or whatever just leave it at it's normal 16-bit format please -thanks :D

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