The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D News for 3DS

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D screenshot
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D screenshot

Nintendo is considering a second The Legend of Zelda remake for Nintendo 3DS, and is currently trying to figure out which classic outing to choose.

"We haven't quite decided yet, whether we're going to do A Link to the Past, because there's also the possibility of doing a remake of Majora's Mask," Miyamoto told IGN at E3 last week.

"This is something we've certainly been talking about and doing a little bit of experimenting with, to figure out which way we're going to go."

Whilst Majora's Mask would likely see a similar release to Ocarina of Time, what would Nintendo do with the early 90s SNES adventure A Link to the Past?

Miyamoto wasn't saying, telling fans they need to wait "just a little while longer" for answers.

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SmoothDaddyM

My first Zelda game was a link to the past but I'm happy with either
Posted 04:08 on 24 June 2012
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Ghost5

They have already done half the work on Majoras Mask 3D anyways. Remember? Half the assets from OoT are in MM :P
Posted 14:52 on 14 June 2012
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Wido

Windwaker instead!
Posted 14:50 on 14 June 2012
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altaranga@ Woffls

The phrase "taking those 2D graphics and recreating them in 3D" does quite strongly imply remake, even if it's not explicit. Even based on those interviews I would put my money on more 3D regurgitation from Nintendo. Thanks for the info, though.

Fair enough on not addressing the other points, dude. I think we'll always disagree on this, but then we are coming at it from very different angles.
Posted 13:39 on 14 June 2012
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Woffls@ altaranga

I was referring to an interview that Miyamoto had with the Guardian in May 2011, where he first outed his inclination for exploring Link to the Past on 3DS.

Quote:
Question: "Are there any plans to adapt other older Nintendo games for the 3DS console?"
Response: "Not really. We would like to create more new titles. For example, this year we are making Super Mario 3D, but it's not really a remake of Galaxy. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past could be one of them. I think it would be good to see that world with a layered 3D effect."

Then, in November 2011, it was brought up again by Eiji Aonuma in an interview with GamesRadar that Miyamoto has expressed interest in such a project.

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Originally Posted by Eiji Aonuma
"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 neither specifically uses the word "inspiration", they've quite clearly avoided saying they just want to blindly remake it. Drawing a parallel between the relationship between Galaxy and 3D Land should be indicative of their interest in doing something new.

I would address your other points only by reiterating what I've already said, so I'll leave that for now.
Posted 13:24 on 14 June 2012
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altaranga@ Woffls

I expected no less from you, Woffls. =)

I read the report and saw no mention of 'inspiration'. It had 'remake' once or twice, though. If I, and by inference I also include the report writer, am incorrect then you can shoot the messenger in this case.

I agree with your point regarding New IP <> Innovation. But make no mistake that an HD/3D remake = stagnation. It may well utilise the studio (so would a new IP, by the way). It may well give fans what they want (read: you what you want, although I haven't exactly seen the forums rocking to the chants of LttP and/or MM remake!!). It certainly will make Nintendo lots of money though, mainly because a remake pretty much wipes out all R&D costs.

It's easy, lazy development. Shame on them.
Posted 13:16 on 14 June 2012
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Woffls@ altaranga

First of all, any Zelda remake would not be done by a flagship Nintendo development studio like EAD 3. It would likely be done by Grezzo, and maybe they're not quite ready to make the kind of leap required to develop new IP and a brand new exciting game.

The problem that so many people make when talking about game development is that they put all developers on the same level just because they're a subsidiary. You cannot equate the output of Nintendo EAD 3 to that of Grezzo. Publishers don't just look at their franchises and decide what fits the market, they also have to look at their production resources and decide how best to use them.

From this perspective, Grezzo remaking Majora's Mask would be an excellent business move because it 1) utilises the studio 2) gives fans what they want 3) makes Nintendo lots of money. Sometimes, it's just that simple. Maybe that's not what you want, but did you even play Skyward Sword?

That you think Nintendo are exempt or more prolific in overusing their franchises is borderline delusional. As Lee says, the market is plagued with sequels and lookalike shooters. There might be some new IP in there, but do the games really do anything new; are they really inspiring developers and enlightening audiences? It doesn't look like it.

Nintendo is, as always, one of the few companies pushing the industry forward. Mostly through hardware, but also through bold game design. Another mistake that an alarmingly high number of people make is that new IP means innovation, and that not deviating from established properties implies a complete lack thereof. This is simply not true, and as much as some struggle to accept it, Nintendo franchises are actually the best example of this.

Link to the Past is TWENTY years old. Is it really that bad that Nintendo want to use it as inspiration for a new Zelda game? I should point out that Miyamoto has not said that he wants to remake it - he highlighted simply that the game could be a good inspiration for a similar Zelda experience. Zelda gets talked about all the time because the fanbase - yes, that's me - is maniacally obsessed with it, not because Nintendo bombard us with huge media buys every year.
Posted 11:14 on 14 June 2012
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Clockpunk

I was just thinking of playing through Link to the Past again... although personally I would to see a spiritual sequel to Link's Awakening - my word, was that an excellent game.
Posted 10:20 on 14 June 2012
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CheekyLee@ altaranga

You'd have a point if we hadn't just sat through an E3 where 99% of everything came with a number 4 at the end of it. And what happens when we do get new IP? We live in a world that is going to see Naughty Bear 2 before Bayonetta 2, and where nobody bothered to buy Enslaved. Myself included.

If we are going to revisit the past, then let's at least revisit the best parts. Link to the Past is coming up for 20 years old now? Why not give it a fresh coat of paint? It is still one of the best games I have ever played, and I would much rather see that remade than even Final Fantasy VII. (Which SHOULD be remade and rereleased, by the way.)
Posted 10:18 on 14 June 2012
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altaranga@ CheekyLee

I never said we need a new Zelda game. I don't want a new Zelda anything. I'm tired of the "Same sh!t, new box" mentality they have. Re-releasing in HD/3D is not the way to push this industry forward. How about they grow a pair for a change and invest in a new IP.

Oh wait... this in Nintendo... my bad...
Posted 10:09 on 14 June 2012
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CheekyLee@ altaranga

They did, late last year. Maybe you heard of Skyward Sword, one of the best received titles of 2011? We don't need another new Zelda game just yet, and we probably won't be seeing one until 2015. In the meantime, a lot of people would jump at the chance to revisit two of the series highpoints, the only two games other than Ocarina that you ever see people calling their favourites, in HD/3D.
Posted 09:56 on 14 June 2012
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altaranga

How about making a new fecking game instead? Lazy buggers.
Posted 09:37 on 14 June 2012
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Woffls

Majora's Mask. It just makes a lot of sense to pair it up with Ocarina of Time on 3DS given how great a job Grezzo did with the development.

I got the impression that Miyamoto wanted to expand on LttP in some way rather than just do a remake. It sounded more like he was looking to make a spiritual successor that played with the same mechanics, perhaps.
Posted 20:02 on 13 June 2012
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CheekyLee

I have a rule when it comes to desserts, that in order to stop my problems deciding which to go for, I just have one of each.

This is my advice to Nintendo. Do both. I'll buy both. As will others.
Posted 19:51 on 13 June 2012
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Bloodstorm

Link to the past is already a remake while i don't like MM.......LINK TO THE PAST IT IS!
Posted 17:14 on 13 June 2012

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