Skyward Sword producer Eiji Aonuma hints at 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

With the great success of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, there's no doubt Nintendo is looking at other classic games that might work if bumped into the third-dimension for the 3DS. The next obvious step would be Majora's Mask, as it ran on the same engine as Ocarina and would likely make for an easy transition.

But during an interview with Skyward Sword producer Eiji Aonuma, we learned that Miyamoto is tinkering with something even more interesting.

During the interview we asked Aonuma if there was any chance that he would ever consider making another 2D Zelda game. While he hasn't been looking into it personally, he confirmed that Miyamoto has. "Well actually, even Mr. Miyamoto himself has been talking recently about going back to the 2D Zelda games," he said, "in particular the ones that were designed with multiple levels to the world like A Link to the Past, and taking those 2D graphics and recreating them in 3D so that you could get a sense for the depth of those worlds. That's something that might be interesting to do, so I would say there might be a possibility of something like that in the future."

While it's far from a confirmation, the fact that they're even experimenting with it is interesting. It also makes sense - beyond being one of the most beloved games in the series, A Link to the Past often played with Link exploring dungeons and castles that had multiple levels of viable depth, making it a prime contender for a 3D re-release.

If this is, indeed, in the works we'd expect to hear more in the near future, with an E3 unveiling being likely. Maybe then we'll find out if it's actually in development, and whether or not it would justify a full-blown re-release, as was the case with Ocarina, or if it would be sent out under the 3D Classics banner is another question entirely.

We'll be posting our full interview with Aonuma tomorrow, where he talks about Skyward Sword, Majora's Mask, and the future of the Zelda series. Stay tuned!


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  • Ravenbom - November 9, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    This makes me cream my pants a little considering that A Link to the Past is my favorite Zelda of all time. I replay it about once a year. BUT, I don't know if it would be enough to justify a full price game for me. I think it would need something else to offer. I've already got Four Swords, Zelda 1 and 2 for NES on my 3DS so I'm not sure offhand what they could offer to get me, the target audience, to pay full price.
  • badgraphix1 - November 9, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    The title is kind of misleading. He's more using that as a reference point than hinting at it. I would gladly have them do a New Super Mario Bros. type of thing for the handheld Zelda things (except, you know, not relying so heavily on its predecessors). The DS Zeldas were awful compared to the rest of the series.
  • StarlightSong - November 9, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    A Link to the Past is a great game, but it has already had a port to a handheld where they added new content to it. If they mean having it as a "3D classic" on the eShop then sure, but if they are talking about a full remake then no. I would much rather have MAJORA'S MASK for my 3DS since I can't play it on car trips and such, while I can pop in the GBA port of ALttP and play it anywhere. If they're going to put a game on the 3DS, remake one that isn't already available in a portable format! Remake Majora's Mask!
  • keiichimorisato98 - November 9, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i loath the classic zelda games i have never ever been able to defeat death mountain the stupid worm it would be no problem if i could walk and use the sword or dodge more effectively and last of and more importantly it will never hold my attention if they go back to that zelda i will never be able to play another zelda game again aside from the 3D games like OoT all they are doing is appealing to the people who moan and groan that there have never been a good zelda game after lttp it is fine i don't care if they make it more like phantom hour glass that was fine but lttp fuck man i have an appreciation for the older games i don't want the games to go back and i did try ever zelda game ever made and the oiler 2d games can never keep me playing like the 3d games
  • codystovall - November 9, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    Bank on nostalgia, I mean why work hard to come up with something new and use creativity.
  • MCN2011 - November 9, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Nintendo do that more than anyone. Look at Galaxy, look at Skyward Sword. Besides, Nintendo have by far the richest back catalogue and history of any of the platform holders. Why not use it from time to time? There's a lot of kids out there who have never played ALTTP.
  • CitizenWolfie - November 9, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    LttP is pretty much perfect as it is. The only thing it could really benefit from on the 3DS is having the touch screen as a readily available menu like in OoT3D. It's not as if the graphics have dated like Majora's Mask. If anything it's really only the N64 games that are showing their age. Wind Waker still looks lovely and Twilight Princess is too recent.
  • mattdark - November 9, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    Could be interesting to see. And sounds like they wouldnt be messing with the gameplay, just the graphics, so could still play like I remember :D
  • shawksta - November 8, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    Thats pretty interesting, but I still want Majora's mask :P Lets see what Tommorow will shine!
  • Nap1400 - November 8, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    I'd like this, but I'd honestly prefer "2D" to mean "2D" I just feel it would be interesting to see the return of a true top-down 2D adventure game. Possibly seeing hand-drawn sprites for the characters? ...Just thinking out loud here. Also since when did CAPTCHA make words incredibly small and tilted on its side?
  • TheCakeIsaPie - November 9, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    Since they got tired of upside-down Hebrew and strike-through "DaVinci notebook" words.
  • maxadam5 - November 8, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    If all they are doing is remake the same game with a slight sense of depth that is silly, but if they are remaking the entire game in a 3-D engine like Majoras mask then I would buy it, but somehow I doubt they are.
  • Scoob - November 8, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    The gameplay probably wouldn't translate well. Mainly in the way puzzles and secrets are presented. Personally, I would be behind the idea of making a new Zelda game with the idea in mind. I'm getting really sick of remakes. But it's not even that. It's that I know Nintendo is capable of making awesome games with new tech and ideas that don't feel gimicky.
  • cwdd47 - November 8, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    LttP was the best Zelda to date.
  • Asmodean - November 8, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    hands down!
  • batouyukinawa - November 8, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    Here's an idea Nintendo...STOP WITH THE REMAKES!!! I'm so tired of this business model. You see it in the film, and the TV series, and now more and more in the games. Everyone is so damn afraid of making a completely original game. Seriously, if this is the actual Zelda game promised by Nintendo...KEEP IT. I'm getting a Vita, 3DS is a bust.
  • SparkleDevon - November 8, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Not to be mean, but they are ALWAYS working on original games. The reason they only come out every once in awhile is because they want to make sure that the games are really ready for release, because Nintendo is one company that likes to make sure that there's the least amount of glitches possible in a game before a worldwide release. Unlike some other companies, so calm down. Seriously, you're just making a big deal out of unrelated bits of news.
  • mrclam - November 8, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Actually people give nintendo a bad rep for not releasing man games. They actually develop and publish more games than most games studios in a year. If you doubt this, go take a look at how many games microsoft (for example)} develop and release in a year - and compare that to nintendos output..
  • Cyberninja - November 8, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    before i make this post i will let you know i own a ps3,wii,3ds, ds and a psp. The 3ds is easily a better system to get than a vita because currently i look at the Wikipedia list for vita games and see literally one interesting original game which is gravity rush. everything else i see for the system is either coming to ps3, is a remake of something on ps2 or ps3 or is a new entry to series that i don't give a S**t about on ps3. with 3ds i at least have a range of options to pick from with games, unlike what people say about the 3ds having no games but vita does which the opposite is true at the moment. yes i know i am being negative about a system that isnt out yet but i knew a lot more the games coming to system then i do about the vita. one last thing that is worth mentioning is i am still going to get a vita so i can play the original games for it later.
  • RODTheMaster - November 8, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    Wow cool! So strange for Nintendo to give me reasons to love them again.

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