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Eiji Aonuma: Zelda 3DS Will Feature a Light and Dark World

Posted by Orla Madden

Also explains the paper Link feature

In a recent interview with CNET, The Legend of Zelda series producer, Eiji Aonuma, shed some light on the highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the 3DS.

The original game for the SNES featured two worlds, Light and Dark, in which Link had to alternate between both. According to Aonuma, there will also be a Light side and a Dark side included in the upcoming title. Here's a small snippet from the interview in relation to the setting:

But why A Link to the Past? Why not create a new world for Link to explore? Aonuma says that the 3DS has allowed for the revisiting of a top-down world and provided new ways for the player to interact with a Zelda game. It was the perfect chance to reopen A Link to the Past. And like some other Zelda games in the past, the 3DS sequel will alternate between a light and dark world.

Aonuma went on to explain why Link was able to transform himself to a thin sheet of paper and stick to the wall. Those of you who have played Ocarina of Time may remember Phantom Ganon from the Forest Temple, who attacks from one of six paintings. "What if Link could have the same power?", Aonuma asked himself, and hence the idea was born.

You can check out the full interview at the link below, and share your thoughts on the light/dark mechanic and all things Zelda in the comments below, as always.


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SuperSah said:

Let's just hope that "Dark world" isn't the same place just at night time with harder enemies such as Skyward Sword's silent realms..



Smitherenez said:

It is starting to worry me a bit: They are using the old stuff again. Hopefully there will be new concepts to be found in the game too.



Pod said:

I was never that much of a fan of the light/dark world mechanic. Hopefully they'll incorporate a lot of new ideas in the concept, and change my mind about it.



ueI said:

That's nice. I wasn't sure that they had a real reason for using the Link to the Past setting.



SilentHunter382 said:

Well that is great news. I loved the Light/Dark world in the original and I am really interested in seeing how the Paper Link feature will work out.



Gregor said:

This better be an eShop title. Unless I see some serious polish I'm not dropping 40 dollars on it.



fchinaski said:

@Fusion14 I see what you mean, I saw the trailer and it looks below par in comparison even to the other portable Zelda games. I know it's very early to judge, but still... I would rather see a portable Zelda in a true 3D environment.



Selene said:

I was dreaming for the day Link to the Past was remade into a 3D world (even though I'm mostly into 2d retro). I'll definitely be buying this game, but still feel a lil disapointed they didn't turn it into an Ocarina or windwaker style world.



Fudgewhizzle said:

I have always liked the topdown Zelda's slightly better than the 3D editions. And hearing news like this feels great! I can't wait to explore both worlds. I just hope they're different enough from the original SNES game to feel fresh. But as some have said before, Zelda games have rarely disappointed anyone.



snoox said:

I'm with summa da ppl here, I wud LUV to explore a 3D a link to the past world o.m.g.



Dpullam said:

It will certainly be interesting to see how useful turning into a sheet of paper can be. When this game was first announced I was worried that it would be too similar to the original but Nintendo has hardly ever let me down. I am confident that this sequel will be able to differentiate itself from the original classic.



FernandoMachado said:

my fav Zelda games are the top-down ones so it's a major yes for me <3

I actually haven't finished any of the 3D ones yet! got to the last boss of Skyward Sword with 100% but lost interest and my Twilight disc broke



GamerZack87 said:

FUN FACT: The Phantom Ganon battle was a leftover relic from a point in Ocarina's development when Link was supposed to explore Ganon's Castle and jump into paintings to visit areas, just like Mario does in Peach's Castle during Super Mario 64.

Source: Did You Know Gaming?



Beta said:

Does that mean more Dark World theme love? <3

@fchinaski You will see that for the Wii U, so no need to put this one down just yet.



NintyMan said:

If they wanted to stay faithful to the original at any rate, a Light and Dark World would be an obvious feature. But I'm not worried that they will think of some other unique features to set this game apart from its inspiration.



Andremario said:

@fchinaski: I understand your concern but weren't we all concerned about elements of past Zelda games? Look how each of those turned out. Nearly the whole series of Zelda games ended up being epic!when it comes to Zelda nintendo rarely disappoints!



GraveLordXD said:

@SuperSah if it's like the first alttp then it will be a completely different world with some similarities have you played the original?



aaronsullivan said:

This is the game that will finally break me. I'll be picking up a 3DS XL when this comes out. I just hope there is a color I like better by that time. The blue is nicer than it looks in pictures, though...



Nintenjoe64 said:

I always wished each subsequent Zelda had as good a light and dark world to explore as the LttP one so I'm happy but it would be nice if they found a good way to implement it like the time periods in Oot.

I've said it before but I really think they should have the dungeon order affect the whole of Hyrule. If there were 10 main dungeons in total and Link aged a year each time you completed one the game world could be changed i.e. complete a water temple and flood the desert turning it into a jungle. I'm sure this would make the game the most complicated thing ever if done properly, but I'm confident in Nintendo to come up with something special for Zelda U.



rjejr said:

I think paper Link will look really cool in Super Smash Brothers U. Hope he isn't hard to unlock.



WiX said:

I don't understand people complaining. Why should there be only one kind of Zelda games? I think diversity is good. I myself am a big fan of the top-down Zeldas and if I had 3DS, I would be more than happy to pay a full game price for this, as this is a full game. Don't forget, Nintendo is about doing quality content.



mookysam said:

I don't get why people are so quick to judge this. It looks super. I think there should be a clear divide between handheld and console Zelda games - it'll help keep the series fresh.


I have the Dark World theme in my head now. Wonderful music!



grumblebuzzz said:

Basically here's the divide: Under 25 years old: "I hate this! It's not polished! I want a true 3D world to explore!" Over 25 years old: "I love this! Excited to see this classic game updated! Love the original top-down style!" Of course there are exceptions to both rules, but the consensus of both stands.



fchinaski said:

Look, I'm not complaining or judging, I'm just saying that I think it doesn't look good so far and I agree with the other user who said that it looks unpolished. (And I know it's VERY EARLY to judge, as I said in the first post.) I saw the trailer and the use of 3D to make Link jump in your face just looked silly and lazy. I'm sorry, but it does. But anyway, it's just my opinion, and it can be different from yours — I sure as hell won't be judging anyone who thinks it's the most beautiful trailer they've ever seen. I also hope it turns out to be a great game. Oh, I'm 32 BTW.



FriedSquid said:

"What if?" is mostly not a good reason to put something in the game that doesn't need to be there.



retro_player_22 said:

I bet only a few certain areas would look the same (Kakariko Village and maybe Hyrule Castle), I'm sure Nintendo may surprise us with some new areas or dungeons to explore. Many gamers once thought Super Metroid starts the same as the original Metroid and would go the same path too then behold after getting the morph ball and entering Jungle Brinstar, the re-exploration began. The map had evolve 3x larger than before, I think A Link to the Past 2 will be quite like that.



Haxonberik said:

I still need to play LttP, I was holding from it due to the chances of a remake, but now I'll buy it for the Wii U eshop before playing this one.



3Daniel said:

Storywise and timeline placement should be interesting as the dark world no longer exists at the end of ALTTP.



paburrows said:

Man this is so awesome!!!!!! I'm getting more and more excited about the game! I hope that like the New Marios they do at least one LttP type game per system.



Benjamin said:

Okay hang on, problem.

Inasmuch as I loved the Dark World, it CEASED TO EXIST at the end of Link to the Past. Link got the Triforce, banished Ganon's evil wish, and fixed everything. So HOW can the Dark World exist in a sequel? Unless they're going to completely rehash the entire plot and make Ganon get it yet again, which would make absolutely no sense since Link to the Past was one of the few Zelda games where Ganon was KILLED, and he wasn't resurrected until Oracle of Ages/Seasons (as a mindless beast which was promptly put down again).

This makes no sense.



LetsGoRetro said:

Hmm.. So it takes place after lttp but still has the Dark World? Dark World was set to be vanquished and restored to the Golden Land. Wonder how they're going to make this work. Ninty's never let me down, though. Lifelong Zelda (Nintendo in general) fan from Boston area here.




@paburrows I totally agree as I REALLY missed the top-down zeldas but I wouldn't want them to abuse this formula as they did with the new super mario one, this game has EVERYTHING to be awesome.



Moshugan said:

I hope they don't force an unintuitive story just to bring the light/dark thematics back.
This actually gives credence to the idea of time travel to the past. The game would start in "the present" where the Dark World was transformed into Golden Land and then you would have to find a link to the past where Ganon was still the ruler of the Dark World.
Makes some sense, huh?



epylon said:

with this set in the same world as LTTP, how hard would it be for them to incorporate a 3d version of the first game into the mix. It would make the game pretty expansive at cost very little memory increase on the cart or digital download.



ikki5 said:

But...... the Dark world disappeared when Link defeated Ganon.....



SanderEvers said:

@Benjamin Who said that it would be a sequel to A Link to the Past? Not Nintendo if I remember correctly. So actually ANYTHING could happen.



Dreamcaster-X said:

Looking forward to the story to see how this is all explained since it's pretty much a direct sequel.



KAHN said:

"Need I remind you of the horrible touch screen controls on both DS games?"

am i the only one around here who thought those controls were comfortable?



orko said:

zelda a link to the past was the best game ever and then ocrana of time was the best zelda game ever. you ve had to have a super nintendo in the 90s to know what i meen.



KnightRider666 said:

@0SP_ZELDAiii: Wow, seriously? I would have had no problems if they would have let the player choose between buttons or touch screen controls. It's a shame because Nintendo IMO ruined what could have been 2 great Zelda DS titles. I did like the boomerang touch screen controls though.



RR529 said:

ALttP is my second favorite Zelda game, and the one I have the most nostalgia attached to, so I natutally can't wait!



MitchVogel said:

"But why A Link to the Past? Why not create a new world for Link to explore?" This line frightens me deeply. If they reuse the map from lttp, or slightly alter it just enough to say it's "new", I will lose a great deal of faith in this company...



RevolverLink said:

That the way ALttP2 progresses will be significantly different from other Zeldas was the most interesting tidbit I took from that article.



Gregor said:

@fchinaski it looks like a damn PS1 title. They either better out some serious polish on this smelly shoe or make it an eShop exclusive. I'm hoping for eShop because it would show everyone what the shop is capable of and might attract British gamers that are skittish of online transactions



Moshugan said:

@Fusion14 Now you're saying something you've no right to say. Saying it looks like a PS1 game is taking it a bit far.
I agree that the shader effects are a bit too ''shiny'' (I'd prefer cell-shaded matte) but the character models are nice, animation is fluid and the gameplay is very smooth!
Maybe it looks a bit generic at times, but that's mostly the dungeon, not the characters, stuff or other environments.




Moshugan said:

@fchinaski #9 ''I saw the trailer and it looks below par in comparison even to the other portable Zelda games.''
Statements like this need good arguments. I understand you said it's early to judge, and I will stress this point.
It could turn out to be anything at this point.



Gregor said:

@Moshugan if I was talking out my butt, you'd be dead.
Mostly what I'm saying is the eShop would benefit greatly from this game.



Emaan said:

While this will be another nice call back to the classic, I'd really love for this game to at least show an effort to set itself apart from the original and be unique.



cgh said:

@undead_terror i know BENs fan made and the whole storys fake whoever it is that wrote BEN DROWNED said so himself.I think it would be cool if phantom ganon could somehow be the main antagonist.I would also rather have majoras revenge to if phantom ganon couldn't be the main antagonist but if there ever is a sequel to mm it probably would be majoras revenge.



3Daniel said:

i too agree that the visuals need more oomph. however, this game has another 6 months before its out. thatsvplenty of time to pollish. i'm partial to four swords adventure's filter myself.



DarkNinja9 said:

sounds good to me just hope they do change it up a bit and not be too similar to the other game



Mibbleng said:

I actually really like how this looks, but apparently I'm one of the only ones who thinks that.



GraveLordXD said:

@Fusion14 do you even remotely know what polish even means? Please tell me sir does it have frame rate issues? Does it have game breaking glitches or any technical issues for that matter ? Tell us because its obvious you played the game already. Just because you don't like the art style and not interested in the game has absolutely nothing to do with the game needing more polish, just don't buy the game it's as simple as that or maybe you can write Nintendo and express your concerns about the game needing more polish and how it should be eshop only which would be pretty stupid btw and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. But good luck to ya
Oh and btw I think the game looks amazing I must be completely Dense also or maybe completely out of my mind or maybe you just have extremely bad taste who knows



Gregor said:

@LDXD Im just saying you cannot release a game like this as retail. If it was an eShop exclusive then I would say the graphics are awsome. But if people think this will be a retail title... The graphics need a major boost. I'm not much for fancy graphics but this would not push the limits of the 3DS at all as a retail game. Look at Nintendogs + cats



GraveLordXD said:

@Fusion14 pretty sure this will be retail maybe eshop also new super mario is retail and don't push the hardware either, if this was strictly eshop people would be missing out on this game including myself I don't have enough space on my SD card, try not to worry to much on the graphics man the original alttp is one of the best zelda games I've played and I've played them all I've been waiting for this since 1991
If I didn't already have a 3ds I would get one based on this game alone and I know I'm not the only one



orko said:

i wonder if thise game will have a gold game card i cant wate to get it i will be rich.



KnightRider666 said:

@LDXD: Fusion14 is just super picky, that's all. I think it looks great so far, and I'd buy it the way it is. Games can always be improved upon, so if it gets improved to Fusion14's standards, I guess we are all in for an amazing game!



Game0ver_Gavin said:

While I don't have as fond of memories for LttP compared to say Ocarina of Time, It still have a great nostalgia effect from me. The biggest question now is, WILL IT HAVE THE PYRAMID?



Benjamin said:

@SanderEvers Nintendo has already said multiple times that this is a direct sequel to LttP. The game's WORKING TITLE in Japan is "Link to the Past 2" for pete's sake.



orko said:

thise game looks vary vary good zelda was naver a realistic game i know my speeling is not that good but dont dice me about it.

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