Nintendo Announces A Link to the Past 2

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Nintendo Announces A Link to the Past 2

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 may be gracing the 3DS by the end of the year.

Rejoice, ye Zelda faithful! The second-best Zelda game is getting a long-overdue, handheld sequel. Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 during today's Nintendo Direct event. The game is a direct sequel to the SNES original, and despite Nintendo's promise that it features a new storyline and new dungeons, it appears to use the same overworld layout.

"What we want to achieve with this new Zelda game is to reinvigorate the flat 2D world of A Link To The Past with the sense of height and volume using the three-dimensional display of Nintendo 3DS," explains Reggie Fils-Aime. "With it, it's easier to differentiate levels in the environment and we can truly utilize height differences in dungeons as a puzzle-solving mechanic. While this game is set in the game world of A Link To The Past it features entirely new dungeons and an original story arc."

New additions to the now-traditional Zelda formula include a giant hammer our silent protagonist can use to crush platforms/enemies and a rather interesting mechanic that lets Link transform himself into a two dimensional wall painting. Nintendo hasn't released any details about the game's controls, but the presence of an on-screen "A button" prompt might indicate it'll use the traditional D-pad control scheme, rather than the rather unwieldy stylus controls the last two handheld Zelda efforts have been saddled with.

If you want to see what the game will look like in eye-searing 3D, you can download a 3D-enabled version of the debut trailer from the Nintendo eShop right now.

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This is quite possibly the single most exciting news I shall hear all day... Thank you.

This'll be my first new Zelda game since Twilight Princess. I avoided Skyward Sword and the DS ones because of the gimmicky controls.

And, Nintendo seems to be out of ideas completely now...<.<

I'm sure I'll get angry hate quotes for this but;

C'mon Zelda games are all fairly same-y now we've been diving into same-y sequels of same-y games. Zing.

That said it looks really well made and it's neat to see that cool 'level changing' feature that was sort of underused in Rayman Origins. Sweet looking game.

Did I see a regenerating magic bar, that also functions as ammo for the bow (in that I didn't see an arrow counter)? Burn the witch!

Yet another Zelda game yes.. colour me curious as opposed to cynical or cautiously optimistic. I've seen a lot of people thusfar saying "Wow, a sequel to the best Zelda game ever! Yes!!" However, a sequel to a good game is not automatically good and ALTTP2 could still turn out a stinker. Hopefully it is faithful to its direct lineage and brings in enough freshness without being Phourglass/Spitracks gimmicky [1].

While I've not played Skyward Sword so don't know how that fared, can we make it harder than recent Zeldas please? Aim a little higher please, Nintendo.

[1] although they weren't bad games, were they..

Hold on! They're making another Zelda game AND it's completely catering toward nostalgia?

Paint me Susan and call me orange!

I NEVER would have seen this coming!

I wonder what's going to happen THIS time!!

I'll try to contain my excitement!

I'm... unimpressed. There really wasn't anywhere to take a direct sequel of Link to the Past. This has the stink of a desperate cash-grab, where Nintendo plans to prey on the nostalgia of gamers everywhere.

I could easily be wrong, but I would be amazed if this is of any degree of quality.

Sacman:
And, Nintendo seems to be out of ideas completely now...<.<

Dang not even the first page and already someone is posting about the video without watching it.

For link being able to meld into walls and traverse new areas to solve puzzles is a new idea.

Sure a lot of the landscape is based on nostalgia but if they are just taking an already great setting and adding new puzzles and mechanics into the game I am all for it.

Agayek:
I'm... unimpressed. There really wasn't anywhere to take a direct sequel of Link to the Past. This has the stink of a desperate cash-grab, where Nintendo plans to prey on the nostalgia of gamers everywhere.

I could easily be wrong, but I would be amazed if this is of any degree of quality.

well

it's not like you can say majora's mask was explicitly a "necessary" game to the storyline

but then you'd be buried with ganon

Huh, actually didn't think it looked too bad.
Still wouldn't buy a 3DS for it but still, looks nice.

I was pretty happy to hear about the game in the first place, but when they showed the walk walking bit I was like 0_0

Between this news and Yoshi's Island 3 new earlier I'm glad I have my 3DS

A Link To The Past was my first ever Zelda game so I will definitely be looking at the reviews to see if it is as fun as the brief game play trailer suggests.

Sacman:
And, Nintendo seems to be out of ideas completely now...<.<

Fans are crying for aLttP remake or sequel, Nintendo gives them a sequel with completely new dungeons while saying it's in the same world.
How the fuck does that imply they are out of ideas?
They simply gave fans what they asked for.

The hammer is a 'new' mechanic?

When I was a kid, parts of LTTP frustrated the hell out of me and that was in 2d. I get the feeling this 3d edge is going to royally screw my blood pressure over.

Caffeine_Bombed:
The hammer is a 'new' mechanic?

No, but crushing a block then standing on it so it pings you back up into the air is.

Fasckira:

Caffeine_Bombed:
The hammer is a 'new' mechanic?

No, but crushing a block then standing on it so it pings you back up into the air is.

I can't remember if the hammer's been used in that nature before, but certainly the Iron Boots have been used to depress springs and then fire Link up to heights.

Where's Link's fabulous pink hair! *flails around*

It doesn't look bad, but it doesn't excite me enough to buy a handheld just to find out. I guess that means I'll be browsing YouTube when it's been out for a bit.

I would normally be excited about a new zelda game but... A> reggie creeps me out when he talks and B> the art direction on this is just so.. bland and uninteresting. which is not something I'd expect from Zelda. Wind Waker and its DS sequels) had so much colour and personality, this looks like a top-down Mario but more lifeless.

First thought upon seeing the news: "Huh...this seems slightly......uninspired."

First thought upon finishing watching the video: "Okay, so the wall-merging kinda seems like an interesting puzzle-mechanic, so I guess that that can be somewhat interesting."

But more importantly, Link's left-handed again!

Johny_X2:
I would normally be excited about a new zelda game but... A> reggie creeps me out when he talks and B> the art direction on this is just so.. bland and uninteresting. which is not something I'd expect from Zelda. Wind Waker and its DS sequels) had so much colour and personality, this looks like a top-down Mario but more lifeless.

I totally agree about the art direction, I actually prefer the color palette of the original. CVG posted an image which compares the two versions, side by side:

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/401726/blog/its-snes-vs-3ds-in-this-zelda-link-to-the-past-image/

I hate the fact that it looks like the map is also just copy+paste from the SNES version. They better expand the world with areas outside the SNES version, otherwise this is very disappointing news for me. I love 2D Zelda, but so far this looks like too much of a rehash to really get me excited about it.

Obligatory meme in 5...4...3..2..1

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Ok I must must must have this. Oh.. damn need a 3ds. Sad I will most likely buy one just to have this game. Best Zelda of all time gets a sequel. I need new pants.

EDIT: Also re-reading the article, how is it that the Magic Hammer is new? It was in A Link to the Past 1, but I am pretty sure it was introduced in Zelda II: Adventure of Link, used to remove the boulders from the overworld map.

Well, considering that the DS Zeldas were both based on The Wind Waker, I suppose it makes some kind of sense to also have a 3DS Zelda set in roughly the same period as a previous Zelda.

There's really not enough information available for me to be excited OR dismissive, though. I'll wait and see what happens.

KefkaCultist:
This is quite possibly the single most exciting news I shall hear all day... Thank you.

This'll be my first new Zelda game since Twilight Princess. I avoided Skyward Sword and the DS ones because of the gimmicky controls.

Skyward Sword was bad for a multitude of reasons but the controls actually worked really well in my opinion. I'll agree with you on the DS ones though. Hopefully they learned their lesson and the shitty touchscreen gimmicks will be kept to a minimum on this one. Shitty 3d gimmicks I can tolerate. In either case, I'm interested.

Oh boy, a ZELDA title? Haven't seen THAT before. Oh and in 3D no less. I actually think I might need to burn my money just so that it can't ever be spent on such a thing.

Go away Nintendo, you can have my money when I finally get a Majora's Mask port to the 3DS.

amaranth_dru:
Obligatory meme in 5...4...3..2..1

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Ok I must must must have this. Oh.. damn need a 3ds. Sad I will most likely buy one just to have this game. Best Zelda of all time gets a sequel. I need new pants.

EDIT: Also re-reading the article, how is it that the Magic Hammer is new? It was in A Link to the Past 1, but I am pretty sure it was introduced in Zelda II: Adventure of Link, used to remove the boulders from the overworld map.

I hear you. I have an Android tablet and phone. Do I really need a 3DS? For this I do. I loved Link to the Past on SNES and this looks to have some new mechanics I'd enjoy.

It looks like they're really pushing for this system. Now I have to look into buying one.

And yes, in Link 2 on NES you had a hammer you used to smash rocks that blocked paths.

A sequel to Link to the Past? Not only did the first one have a conclusive ending, but they are decade late to even consider a direct sequel. I mean with the 20 year gap between the original game and this one, the majority of the mainstream demographic will be in their late 20s or 30s now. I get that the original game was re-released multiple times, so younger audiences may still remember the storyline, but there is no reason why they can't release a new original title and not resort to fanservice catering to a niche older demographic.

It's why I loved Wind Waker so much, which had the confidence to re-invent the world, characters and visual style.

Yeehaw pilgrims.

I'm gonna belly up to the bar and announce that this might just be the best darned day ever. *Tilts hat*

GAunderrated:

Sacman:
And, Nintendo seems to be out of ideas completely now...<.<

Dang not even the first page and already someone is posting about the video without watching it.

For link being able to meld into walls and traverse new areas to solve puzzles is a new idea.

Sure a lot of the landscape is based on nostalgia but if they are just taking an already great setting and adding new puzzles and mechanics into the game I am all for it.

Just because they gave it a new gimmick and re-made the environments doesn't mean it's all that new. I'm still excited and am planning to buy it, but don't be like Nintendo and piss down our ears and tell us its raining. Because it's not a new idea it's an edited old one. I'd have been more impressed with a new Zelda game like a clock work Hyrule where Link has to save Zelda/Hyrule from the evil master inventor Ganandorf, you know just something new and fresh out of the zelda formula for the 3ds.

I'm actually kind of excited for this. Don't worry I'll flog myself later for this indiscretion.

It's official, I am buying a 3DS not only for Pokemon X or Y but for this game aswell!!

Oh man, don't get me excited Nintendo. I know I'll regret it later because I still remember Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass.

Oh my god what did they do...

This looks like ****.

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