Aonuma's message to the fans

During yesterday's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo landed an unexpected surprise on us towards the end of the broadcast. We were told to expect a new Zelda game for the 3DS before the end of the year — the kind of megaton announcement that would normally wait until E3. Not only that, but we weren't prepared for a top down title set in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

After the presentation, Legend of Zelda series developer, Eiji Aonuma, left messages in the community area of the Miiverse for the franchise. Here's what Aonuma had to say on the upcoming Zelda title for the 3DS:

Hello everyone, Eiji Aonuma here! In the latest Nintendo Direct, we announced an entirely new Zelda game for Nintendo 3DS that takes place in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past! I’d like to introduce it to all of you in the Miiverse community, too. We announced it towards the end of this video.

I’m sure that those of you familiar with A Link to the Past could imagine what kind of game this would be – but I think that you’ll be surprised at quite how different it is when you actually play it!

Still, that’s quite a difficult sentiment to convey through just an announcement alone, so we’re releasing a 3D video in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS as well.

Experience Hyrule reborn in a highly realistic three-dimensional world. A new story and new dungeon puzzles await you in this brand-new Zelda game! Development is progressing well, so look forward to hearing more about it soon!

Eiji Aonuma Miiverse

Not wanting to leave anything else out from yesterday's announcements, Aonuma also left a comment on The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages:

Hello everyone!

I told you here before that The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages will be available for Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS systems soon. Thank you all for your patience. I’m here to announce that they will be available to purchase in the Nintendo eShop from the 30th of May!

I’m sure some of you have seen the reaction of the Japanese players in our community and wanted to play yourselves. Well, now you can! I hope you enjoy linking both stories together!

Have you downloaded the Zelda 3D video yet? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comment section below.