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Rumour: Two Zelda Titles in Development

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Any bids for three?

Just one week ago we reported that Nintendo is working on a new Zelda game, as confirmed by series producer Eiji Aonuma. With that comes the inevitable sound of the rumour mill grinding away, resulting in the image you see in this post.

The image was uploaded to the notorious 4chan site, and seemingly shows two new titles that could share a linked theme, similar to The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. The Japanese titles, when translated, mean Fire Prophecy and Ice Prophecy, with the image also suggesting that these would both be 3DS titles.

There is absolutely no evidence or comment from Nintendo to suggest that this is true so don't take it as gospel, but a bit of harmless speculation is fun. So, would you like to see a dual release of new titles? Should one be on 3DS and one on Wii U, or should they share the same console? Should we finally hear Link's voice? Let the frenzied speculation begin.

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User Comments (114)



NintyMan said:

Sure, that would be nice. You have to wait for Nintendo's official word, but speculation is fun and this would certainly give Zelda a boost on the 3DS. Only bad thing would be that both games would be double the price of one 3DS game.



ennan said:

Nice idea - the oracle games were awesome but that picture looks fake and the names sound pretty gash (though they could be placeholders/code names)

I would welcome a dual release though - especially if the games were linked somehow like the oracles.



nick_gc said:

I'd be up for this if true. I loved the Seasons/Ages games. The replay value on those games was great. Those pics look amazingly fake though. Happy to eat my hat, however.



LonelyGreyWolf said:

Nintendo are usually working on two Zelda games at the same time. Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks was in development while Skyward Sword was in development.



Cipher said:

Agree that the image does look more like a clever Photoshop creation to me, but I can't deny that the logo design is great and the concept/idea is pretty exciting. If Nintendo ever did something like this with Zelda again, I'd be first in line for both games.



SkywardLink98 said:

I'd like to see three, Fire Prophecy & Ice Prophecy on 3DS and some "Final Prophecy" or "Prophecy of Darkness" on the wii U. Legend of Zelda Prophecy of Darkness... I can see it now...



Shworange said:

Let's go with Peter Cullen! We all assume that link has a bit of a tenor's voice. Imagine our shock to find out that he actually sounds like a cigar smoking, whiskey drinker!



Mok said:

I can confirm that the voice of Link in the upcoming Zelda game will be none other than yours truly. The voice of Zelda will be James Earl-Jones.



ThumperUK said:

Maybe its a new Zelda plus Majora's Mask remake? Or just one new game for the 3DS plus the expected one for the WiiU.



Dragoon said:

Hmm, sounds like an interesting proposition. However, it would be a bit of a pain to play through a similar game twice though. Hopefully, if they do this, they'll have enough differences between the two to justify another replay.



aaronsullivan said:

Nice fan dream. It's not impossible, but it seems highly unlikely at the pace that they've been going on the 3DS already.

But MAYBE this is what Retro Zelda is all about!

Let's make it a head-to-head battle between Nintendo proper and Retro Studios. They'll play rock/paper/scissors to decide who gets which one and then whoever makes the most sales gets to make the Wii U version.

Dreaming is fun.

(Where did the voice-acting conversation come from? lol)



shingi_70 said:

seems like a crazy idea to try to pull with a non pokemon franchise now and days.



Arthedain said:

Sam Claiborn of IGN have previously reported that" Nintendo is working on at least two other Zelda games right now". If that's oen for the 3DS and one for WiiU I don't know. There's alot of rumours now (like Retro Studios making a Zelda game for Wii U).



singie1 said:

i think its pretty obvious they are working on at least 2. 3ds and wii u. but this looks like a pokemon type effort.



Blue_Cat said:

I'm on a zelda rampage right now. I'm playing OoT, MM, and WW all for the first time (Thank you Christmas '11!). So, while of course I'm a huge Zelda fan, I've had my fix, and I'm not going to immediately jump on whatever is released.

However, this would be an interesting gimmick, and it reminds me that even if I have a plan to to buy a game, Nintendo has other ideas



Arthedain said:

I like the idea btw. I missed out on the oracles games. I'd buy both at release ^^



ShapedAdventure said:

Nintendo Take My Money I'm Guessing On For The Wii U And One For The 3DS Or There Gonna Do Something Like The Pokemon Series Ex Black And White



SLiM said:

Sounds like a good idea. Maybe they'll add some monsters to duel and trade



alLabouTandroiD said:

One for the "Link succeeded" and one for the "Link failed" branch, huh ?
Seriously though and as much as i 'd like at least one brand new Zelda game on the 3DS the WiiU needs it more and asap imo.



ChaosX1022 said:

We'll see that would not be hard to photoshop. I hope both come out to the 3DS and I wouldn't mind if Ages and Seasons came to the E-shop.



Shworange said:

I love the drinking problem idea. This could put into spin a whole new Zelda timeline! A fourth "drunken" link timeline, which in turn would spawn new timelines in which he sobers up or not. If he dies due to alcoholism, his ancestors would take up the mantle... Or perhaps this was always accounted for and that's what the original timeline meant by, "if he fails"! That's it! We cracked it.



Knuckles said:

i still need to play ocarina of time 3D =(. Nintendo keep making zelda games so i can be amazed later.



WaveGhoul said:

Ya, they look photo shopped. Either way, if this were true Nintendo needs to go for '2D' Zelda, give 3D Zeld a break for once. Zelda hasn't gone 2D since the Minish Cap...



WreckItRyan said:

The Oracle games were fantastic, and I would love to see a similar thing here on the 3DS. Although, coming from 4chan, ehh.



Malkeor said:

Ice prophecy .Hopefully there will be plenty of snow.
We didn't get snow this year and I am angry...only reason.

Yes i'm serious.



wwww said:


Why on earth would ice be written in katakana, instead of, you know, using the word 氷?

Anyway, that's not really a proper use of を.

In other words, fake. Really fake.



CosmoXY said:

Sounds good to me. I'll gladly pick up one of them and a buddy will get the other.



RetroRich said:

If the are going to set a game in a largely ice environment they better include crampons as an item. Sliding around is pretty frustrating in Zelda games.



Nightsider said:

i dont want to have to make a choice like pkmn black and white and i dont want to buy both. how about a majoras mask 3d? huh ive never played it so it would be nice. how about a zelda where you move with the anolouge and strike with the stylus ? idc as long as it is as good as usual



HADAA said:

Like some folks above me said, this is a fake. The Japanese font is in Kozuka Gothic, the default font in Photoshop CS4 and up. The improper use of を is a telltale sign that the image creator lacks adequate knowledge in Japanese (actual translation is "Prophecy the Fire" and "Prophecy the Ice", turning prophecy into a verb. WTF?) Not to mention the fire and ice orbs are generic After Effects stuff. It's just for lolz.

People are free to speculate though, but I too oppose a Pokemon parody because trading in-game exclusive items just doesn't work in Zelda.



ianmage1 said:

I don't want this at all. We need a brand new console quality Zelda game that Nintendo said they were working on. Just one 3DS Zelda game and just one Wii U Zelda game, please!



Dak_n_Jaxter said:

Fake or not.....this would be great. Never got to play the Oracles.... And a dual release for the 3DS would be fantastic....



AltDotNerd said:

@Jumbif @kyuubikid213
You guys realize that these aren't "versions" like Pokemon. The screenshot suggests that they are most likely to be similar to the Oracle games, meaning that they are 2 completely different games with interchangeable data. So you can't buy 1 and expect to get the whole experience.



Kid_A said:

If it's a double game deal, I'll betcha one's for Wii U and the other is for 3DS. I'm thinking we're going to see a lot of connectivity details shown at E3.



SanderEvers said:

Also to the idea of a voiced Link:

"Wel excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!"

That's all I have to say.
I certainly HOPE that our True hero will always be silent.



shinesprite said:

@Kid_A I agree! Aside from a Four Swords Adventures repeat, I really hope to see more portable/console connectivity. I expect we'll either hear about them at E3, or we'll know they're mere mock-ups.



SomeBitTripFan said:

I don't believe it. Fire Prophecy? Very cheap name. IT IS FAKE! Nintendo would not do this. The name gave it away!



Kirigirisu said:

It seems odd to me that they would use the word プロフェシー (purofeshii) to mean prophecy rather than the more native 予言 (yogen) or even 神託 (shintaku).

Nevertheless, loan-words aren't uncommon I suppose...



Joko450 said:

@73 You never know, Nintendo does a lot of things their fans don't expect...



Punny said:

Seems kinda soon for new 3DS Zelda games, but I like the thought of them. It's probably fictional, though...



DKmania said:

Definitely fake. Nintendo would not come up with such poorly devised names.



SunnySnivy said:

With a lot of Nintendo rumors turning out to be true (Wii U, 2nd analog stick on 3DS, Zelda timeline, ect.) it really wouldn't surprise me if this turned out to be true. Then again, it wouldn't surprise me if they were fake either.

Only time will tell.



azure2s said:

I don't think this is true. Aside from the fact that the image does not look convincing, I have a gut feeling Nintendo would not release dual Zelda titles for the Nintendo 3DS.



BulbasaurusRex said:

@19 Sheik: Navi never told you what happened to the princess.
Link: He told me enough. He told me Ganondorf killed her.
Sheik: No, I am Princess Zelda.
Link: NOOOOO!!!



Henmii said:

Hmmm, interesting. Whatever is the case: 2 new handheld Zelda's, made by Flagship (Oracle situation)? I would love it!!



gamecubefan said:

the double game thing is DEFINITELY a "handheld hardware" only move by nintendo if history is right



Dodger said:

I probably won't buy both if both are full price but it isn't the end of the world for me if it is a set of two games.

I would prefer if they take their time and make one really good game though. I don't want "bite sized" Zelda.



Henmii said:

Let's see: 2 burning spheres that look like moons? What if this is a remake of Majora's mask AND a sequel to Majora's mask! And you can link them? Killing 2 birds with one stone!

Many people want a Majora's mask remake and many people would love a new Majora's mask. I would love a new Majora's mask too! I am pretty curious now!



Sam_Loser2 said:

I would love to see another duel set of Zelda games for the 3DS. I don't see the problem with the both of them being $80 together because they are two different games (unlike the Pokemon pairs). Also looks like another good chance to screw up the timeline again!



KryptoKrunch said:

I really wish this was real but it's very doubtful. I really dig the Oracle idea; hopefully that would mean they would release the Oracle games on the VC.



ThreadShadow said:

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" (to quote Darth Vader.)

Zelda is NOT Pokemon! Fire Red, Leaf Green, etc., etc., etc., etc..
insert Marakuto's avatar here see post 53.



DanteSolablood said:

I gotta be the very best, the best there ever was... to catch fish is my real test, to save Zelda is my cauuuuuuuuse!!! Linkémon!!



Pichuka97 said:

This will be the best Zelda EVER if they are sequels to The Orcale GBC games I will FREAK OUT and buy like 5 of each game!!!



Nilkad_Naquada said:

@Koto: you trusted 4chan before? i pity you, but at the same time am amused by your naivete.

@henmii: mind=blown. you are the single most brilliant person i have ever heard of. einstein is an idiot compared to you. it probably isnt that but you are amazing for thinking of that. too bad the images are probably fake.

@DanteSolablood: haha epic! i lawled! "i will travel, cross the land, searching far and wide. each piece of heart, to help build up, my stamina meter!"



Jonisme said:

It'll be one for 3DS and one for the Wii U. Why would they make two for the 3DS? Too be consistent you would want the same team to make both and that would be quite the undertaking. But I for one am hoping for the Nintendo's Home Console and Handheld to really interact, and this may be a good place for this to happen.



retro_player_22 said:

@ Jonisme Well the Oracle games were both made for the Game Boy Color so why won't the Prophecy games both be made for the3DS? Besides I rather the Wii U gets its own original HD Zelda game rather than an alternate version of a 3DS title.



RevolverLink said:

I wouldn't mind if Nintendo went back to the "two separate adventures become linked to form one enormous quest" well again; I loved the Oracle series.



Nilkad_Naquada said:

I think alan rickman should do link's voice! just to piss off the kind of gamers who complain, complain, complain about design choices and go on and on about how they could do better but then never prove it. plus alan rickman is awesome.and everyone would be shocked to here his voice coming from Link's mouth. one time i took videos of cutscenes from wind waker and edited them on my computer using alan rickman voice patterns From a harry potter movie and made it seem like link was talking and it was hilarious, with alan rickmans deep, kinda creepy, depressed-sounding voice coming out of toon link's mouth.



iPruch said:

It would be nice since Zelda's 2D entries are the best in my opinion, so two new games inspired in those 2D titles would be fantastic!



Rapadash6 said:

Those logos look pretty fake and hastilly thrown together to me, so I don't think this rumor has any merit.



MeloMan said:

sigh Well, time to get my friend who helped me run the Oracles games by buying one and my buying the other.

On another note, I dunno how I feel about a Zelda game all about Fire/Ice. I'll wait patiently for more details.



mushroomer said:

93. squirrelguys , thanks for that link. I can read Japanese and I concur with those problems. Totally fake!!!



mushroomer said:

を(wo) should have been の(no) for proper grammar
also doesn't make sense to have アイス(ice) as katakana and 火(fire) as kanji
the correct title's should have been (if done by japanese)
アイス・の・プロフェシー <--ice prophecy
ファイアー・の・プロフェシー <--fire prophecy
or in Kanji
氷・の・プロフェシー <-ice prophecy
火・の・プロフェシー <-fire prophecy



drumsandperc92 said:

2 on the 3DS & one on the Wii U, have all 3 be related to each other in even more interactive ways than the Oracle games were, but in essence the same way...i.e. you don't get the FINAL ending on one unless you have a completed save file from the other two or something to that end.
Have interconnectivity between the 3DS games & the Wii U game.
This would be a smart move for Nintendo..they could get very creative in ways to connect the games and truly make for an epic story.
Also, it would give a very high reason for fans who don't own a 3DS and are very borderline about it, such as myself, to get one. It would also give 3ds owners who are borderline about getting the Wii U a good reason to get one.



Blue_Yoshi said:

Im hoping they are real, and use the OoT Remake engine, but have it be set at a different point in the timeline.



mario300 said:

pokemon refence! im freaking geting those games or
1 or the game comes with them.



Nintendude92 said:

If I had a nickel for every time a gaming site has quoted 4chan and been right, I'd..

Not have a lot of nickels, I guess



omegapower901 said:

im so sorry to poke holes in this speculation the Japanese writing on it does not say the "ice" or the "fire" in the two games.



Silkalicious said:

I know this article is old, and I know they've already released the Oracle of Seasons/Time for the Virtual Console, but if those were merely a precursor to a new dual release...



Gubey said:

maybe this fake image will inspire nintendo to make a dual release game?

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