It’s been 20 years since The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but the game is finally getting a sequel, of sorts, on the Nintendo 3DS. Closing out this week’s Nintendo 3DS Direct presentation, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime took a moment to introduce the brand new game, which is set in the world of A Link to the Past. Other than a shared setting, however, the games will be drastically different.
For instance, the new Zelda on 3DS is looking to “reinvigorate the flat 2D world of A Link to the Past with a sense of height and volume using the three-dimensional display of the 3DS,” according to Reggie. “With it, it’s easier to differentiate levels in the environment. And our developers can utilize height differences in dungeons as a puzzle solving mechanic.”
The 3DS version will also feature a mechanic that allows Link to become a 2D drawing and move within walls. By moving within the walls, your viewpoint changes and you can see the connections within an area that you might not have seen before. This mechanic will play a “key role” in solving puzzles in the game.
Although this new Zelda game is set in the world of A Link to the Past, it will feature an original storyline and all-new dungeons. Interestingly, Reggie made it a point not to call it a direct sequel. To that end, we aren’t quite sure if the storyline will be related to the 1991 SNES classic. The new 3DS Zelda game, which doesn’t yet have a title in the West, will be released this holiday season.