Aonuma: Zelda 3DS is three years in the making

Former StaffApril 26th, 2013 by Former Staff

As most of you probably know by now, during the Nintendo Direct live stream last week a sequel to A Link to the Past was announced for the 3DS. Eiji Aonuma, the executive producer of the Legend of Zelda games, has recently posted on Miiverse, and given a couple comments on the sequel to the Highly regarded classic.

Aonuma talks about how long the title has been in the works, and gives a short description of the game.

To see what he had to say, hit the jump!

Aonuma described the game on Miiverse with the following statement:

“The world of Hyrule has been reborn in a highly realistic stereoscopic vision, which will feature a new story and new puzzles to be solved. The development for the successor of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is going smoothly, so, please look forward to it!”

According to siliconera Aonuma has hinted that the idea of recreating a 2D Zelda world into 3D has been in the works since 2011. He ended his Miiverse post saying:

“The day we’ll be seeing the successor is still further ahead, but for those of you who wish to contribute or show your support, please comment on the Wii U The Legend of Zelda series community [on Miiverse].”

I am personally very excited to not only play this game, but hear these small samples of information as they come through. I think this will be a great Zelda game, especially for those who enjoyed A Link to the Past.

But what are your thoughts? Does this get you more excited for the game, or is this not your cup of tea? Leave your thoughts and opinions below!

Source: Siliconera

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  • Nevan Lowe

    I’m not sure if I should buy a a Wii U, or buy this first.

    • InfernalDinosaur

      That’s a bit of a price difference there. That’s like saying, should i buy a house, or a car?

      • Dragon Ball Zelda

        Yeah, the Wii U is $300-$400 and this game will probably be 40 dollars

        • DarkAnimat

          Buy both.
          Problem solved ;D

          • Nevan Lowe

            what if you can’t afford both because you’re 13 and make close to 0 dollars doing chores and 40 dollars could set you back a lot.

          • npatoray24

            wait till a holiday rolls around lol

          • Midnafan

            solution to everything (unless you’re family is poor too or your mom plain doesn’t like buying you video games. :’()

          • Midnafan

            then why would you buy a Wii U if you can barely afford a game? :/

          • Nevan Lowe

            The game would set me back. I’m trying to figure out if I should like use gift, money and stuff to save up money. Probably about 2 or 3 years. 40 bucks would set ,e back a couple of months.

            What npatoray24 said is really what I’m hoping for.

          • Midnafan

            i think buying a Wii U would set you further back than buying the game. besides, you probably have 2-3 years before Zelda U comes out anyways, i’d buy the game. :)

          • Nevan Lowe

            Ok.

          • Midnafan

            why do i feel like i need an “EASY” button now? o.O

          • Nevan Lowe

            Also Wind Waker HD will come out, which I want that. And I will probably be able to afford a Wii U with my Christmas money.

          • Midnafan

            i can tell you’re doing pretty well in at least thinking about how you could afford all this stuff. and all else fails :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTvJXvL47HQ :P

      • Midnafan

        well, you could buy a house, and then walk everywhere and get good exercise, or buy a car and sleep in that. car’s are pretty up there too, i don’t think that was too good of an example. maybe a house versus a bouncy ball is better one. :P

    • Midnafan

      considering Zelda Wii U might not be out for a while, and this is cheaper, as long as you have a 3DS, i would buy this.

  • raichurox1127

    I’ve never played ALTTP but I wish I could. If it’s released on Virtual Console then I’ll definitely buy it!

    • balloonofwar4

      It is.

      • raichurox1127

        On 3DS I don’t think so

        • Midnafan

          Virtual Console is on Wii. eShop is 3DS.

          • Snowparry

            Eh? 3DS has virtual console too. I’m sitting right here looking at my Metroid, LoZ, and SMB ._.

          • Midnafan

            but virtual console is within the eShop. since people still play the Wii (and i don’t know if it’s on the Wii U, or if it’s called virtual console on the Wii U) it’s a good idea to refer to the 3DS virtual Console section as just on the eShop. it’s too easy to get confused. :)

          • Snowparry

            By using that logic though, that would mean you would have to call it the Wii Shop Channel. Both are just shops that contain the virtual console, lol

          • Midnafan

            well on the wii, you have Wiiware and Virtual Console. but on the eShop there are several sections containing a variety of different downloads, demos, videos even different categories of games. i just think it’s mostly important to be able to distinguish between the two Virtual Consoles. plus, VC and eShop are easier to say then Nintendo 3DS eShop and Nintendo Wii Shop Channel. :)

          • Snowparry

            Nevermind, I get what you mean, lol

          • Midnafan

            great! :D now if i could just settle this confusion elsewhere over the different types of 3D that are now a part of Zelda with his installment. :/

        • Kablamogroup

          Don’t you have a Wii? It’s on the Wii Virtual Console.

  • Majora

    I hope that it’s not just alttp with the same dungeons and music. Even if it is reorchestrated, it’d still be good to see some original Zelda music.

    • Zach

      How many times does “new dungeons and original story” need to be repeated for you to get that it won’t be?

      • Guest

        It’s a sequel. Not a remake.

      • Midnafan

        yeah, what he said. :/

    • Midnafan

      read–whole–article(s)

  • Roth

    Aonuma has had a fancy to remake LttP since he was in charge of Zelda, and he talked about making a 2D-style Zelda with 3D gameplay back when the 3DS came out. I bet this has been a sort of pet project while the console team experiments with new tech; that would explain the suddenness of its appearance.

    “Hey, Miyamoto, I’m ready to show the world what I’ve been working on!”
    “All right, let’s announce it for this year.”
    “YEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/erik.ingvoldsen Erik Ingvoldsen

    Recreating the world into 3D? It’s the same world but with different graphics. This is still a 2D game. It’s a good replica of aLttP’s world, but it’s still 2D.

    • JuicieJ

      The models are rendered in 3D, evidenced by the depth of field and change of perspective when Link turns into a drawing. It’s a 3D game. It’s just top-down.

    • Justac00lguy

      I see this game as a “3D” title, the environment for one is 3D and the way we traverse is also done on a 3 dimensional plane as now we can move both horizontally and vertically.

      Essentially the only thing that is the same is the perspective.

      • Midnafan

        and everyone leaves out the fact that, by your choice, the screen has 3D-EFFECT. :/

        • http://www.facebook.com/erik.ingvoldsen Erik Ingvoldsen

          …Which isn’t a 3D game. It’s just 3D graphics.

          • Midnafan

            crap, now i’m confused. what kinda 3D are we even talking about!? :’( we really need to find a way to distinguish between a game’s 3D-style graphics and the 3DS’s 3D effect.

        • JuicieJ

          2D games can still have a 3D effect. Just look at the Nintendo Classics on the 3DS eShop.

          • Midnafan

            Those are in 3D?! o.O

        • Justac00lguy

          That’s more of a different aspect, that’s the physical plane outside of the screen, I’m talking about the dimensions actually within the game as in within the screen.

          • Midnafan

            i’m just sayin that everyone’s kinda leavin out that part. it might not matter to many people, but i very much appreciate how well a game uses the 3D effects to its advantage. it adds to the experience. :)

    • Midnafan

      3DS=3D. not OoT 3D but OoT3D. :P

  • balloonofwar4

    I remember seeing a post about two years ago about Aounuma wanting to do this.

    I really want it to be an original game, and not some “remake”.

    • JuicieJ

      It’s a spiritual successor, not a remake.

      • http://www.facebook.com/MichMaster Michel Van Lingner

        Do you even know what’s the meaning of spiritual successor?

        • JuicieJ

          Apparently I misunderstood its meaning, but you could have just told me, you know.

          • balloonofwar4

            I just want Nintendo to find the balance between similar and original. I realize it is a spiritual successor, but I want it to be it’s own game than hang on ALTTP’s nostalgia.

            PS. Michel, no need to be a douche to JuiceJ.

          • Midnafan

            again, i’m almost positive that’s already been stated as the intention! if not, it’s been very much inferred! :)

        • Roth

          The next ghost in line?

          • Midnafan

            *face-palm* -_-

        • Midnafan

          all of the Zelda games are kind of spiritual successor’s of each other unless it’s specifically mentioned that they’re direct sequels.

      • Midnafan

        i think it’s more of a literal successor if it’s a sequel. :/

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      “will feature a new story and new puzzles”

      It’s not a remake.

    • Midnafan

      1: if this game was 3 years in the making as the article claims, that is quite consistent with what you say. :) 2: hasn’t it already been made extremely clear this ISN’T a remake?!

      • balloonofwar4

        I KNOW MIDNAFAN but I just want it to not be some jank story that hinges on the nostalgia of ALTTP. I would have liked it even better if they had not used ALTTP’s overworld. I want it to be more original and not a game that is BASICALLY A Link to the Past.

        • Midnafan

          i understand what you don’t want, but (i’m sure you’ve heard enough of this too) “new story and new puzzles”. i’m almost positive they are trying to get the point across as much as possible that despite being referred to as ALttP2, it’s an original game. Zelda 2 wasn’t BASICALLY LoZ was it? then again, how can you really say that? after all, all the games, follow the same basic plot line (thanks to Demise :P) with their own story and twist. in that sense, even TP is BASICALLY ALttP. i don’t know if i’m getting my point across, but your argument is hard one to make. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/MichMaster Michel Van Lingner

    If it was 2011 it’s 2 years, you just went into retard mode

    • JuicieJ

      Hey, let’s all be jerks about it. That’ll solve problems.

      • A_LINK_TO_THE_FUTURE

        read LinkFann9s comment XD

      • Midnafan

        i think i might use that to settle some future arguments. :P

      • ndbrdb

        Everyone take notes from JuicyJ. I would like to think everyone wants zeldadungeon to be a place where we can escape people being assholes.

        This article is about a brand new Zelda game that we will be receiving by years end, that should be exciting enough for everyone here to stop arguing about the length of the development, or what a spiritual successor is. Relax

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      Hey! I really appreciate the politeness of your comment!

      Oh, and as a side note, let it be known that he said “three years in the making”.

      “Do you even know what’s the meaning of three years in the making?”

      ‘Three years in the making’ means that this is the third year of the making of it. Hence the “in the making”. Not that it’s been three years.

      Looks like you just went into retard mode.

      • http://www.facebook.com/MichMaster Michel Van Lingner

        “According to siliconera Aonuma has hinted that the idea of recreating a 2D Zelda world into 3D has been in the works since 2011.” I still don’t understand where are your 3 years, game must be almost finished by now, that’s not even close to 3 years but whatever.

        • Midnafan

          actually, i kind get what Linkfan99 was trying to say, that by the time the game comes out, it will have taken 3 years to make. but yeah, obviously numbers are off here, but the numbers wasn’t so much the point but that Aonuma has had his heart set on this for quite a while. :/

        • Nevan Lowe

          2011, 2012, and when its released, 2013. 3.

        • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

          Did you not even read my comment? It has been under construction for 2 full years. THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR. It is three years in the making, so therefore it is under the third year of construction. I don’t think the concept is that hard to grasp.

      • Midnafan

        i’m actually kinda confused. :/

    • Midnafan

      almost 2 and a half actually. and that depends on when in 2011. but who on earth cares about math? :P

    • awsomeMrlink

      Your picture represents my thoughts about you. Also, you have time to troll Zelda Dungeon, Gengame, and ZeldaUniverse? That is besides the point though, just as you’ve been notified, 2011 is the 1st year they worked on it according to siliconera, 2012 is the 2nd, and 2013 is the 3rd. They are not full years, because people refer to it as what year they worked on. Do you understand?

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        I don’t think he’s trolling. I really think, as he put it, he just went into retard mode.

  • Hyrule’s Hero

    Not letting us know about a Zelda game that was in development for 3 years. This proves that the guys at Nintendo are true douches.

    • MrSonyDelight

      Well, screw you. :)

    • Midnafan

      you kidding me, it’s a blessing! that’s a lot better than spending 5-7 years clawing at your computer screen and raiding conventions screaming “When is it coming out?!!!!” why do you think fan boys cried at TP? :/

    • JuicieJ

      It’s been in development for 2 years. It’s entering its 3rd year.

  • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

    Wow…. if it’s been in the makes this long without them telling us about it, who knows, they could be close to announcing Zelda Wii U! I know, it’s unlikely, but it shows that it’s still possible. And to clarify, by announce I mean give us a release date and show us some gameplay. Kind of like they did for ALttP 2.

    • Midnafan

      well, either Nintendo can follow their new trend and do that with Zelda Wii U, or follow they’re usual Zelda console thing and give us a gameplay video, then drop the subject for 6 years. :P

  • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

    “The world of Hyrule has been reborn in a highly realistic stereoscopic vision, which will feature a new story and new puzzles to be solved.”

    I’m excited and all, but I wouldn’t quite call it “highly realistic”…

    • http://www.facebook.com/MaaShinn Matthew Shannon

      maybe it looks more realistic on the actual screen instead of clipped from the gameplay, then edited with lose of resolution. plus the backlighting on the 3ds is better for showing ds graphics than a computer monitor.

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        I understand that it will have higher quality graphics, but I still wouldn’t call it realistic. Look at Link. He’s not like Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword Link. He’s cartooney. I don’t have a problem with this; I love the way he looks, I’m just pointing out that he’s not exactly realistic.

        • http://www.facebook.com/MaaShinn Matthew Shannon

          it would be funny though if these screen shots are just a misdirection, and the final graphics look completely different.

    • Midnafan

      what’s stereoscopic? :/

      • http://medlismessages.blogspot.com/ Heroine of Time

        Looking in the dictionary, I think it’s referring to the 3D effect.

        • Midnafan

          pfft, who uses dictionaries? *checks Dictionary.com* :P

          • http://medlismessages.blogspot.com/ Heroine of Time

            …Well, considering by “dictionary” I meant the “define” button on my iPad, apparently I don’t. XD

          • Midnafan

            lol technology. i don’t know why people say books are better then the Internet. there’s more to read on the Internet and you can get it a lot faster and usually free. :P

      • Nikokiri

        It’s two images slightly different from each other, one for each eye, which creates the illusion of the 3D effect. A shorter explanation: 3D. :)

        • Midnafan

          why do they gotta use such big words? although, it is much more descriptive than just “3D” as i can already see people getting confused between first-person OoT 3D, and 3DS 3D. :/

  • Midnafan

    well, at least they haven’t been teasing us all of this time! I wonder if it’s a new thing Nintendo is trying, but it seems to me they’re having more of an element of surprise with their biggest series’ lately.

  • Spirit Tracker

    Wait, let me get this straight, they took 3 years to implement a Stamina bar, give Hyrule a graphical update, design a dungeon and create the most simple gimmick in the series, while it took almost the same amount of time to make the game that they’re re-creating, what the heck went wrong?

    • balloonofwar4

      You lost me towards the end, but I agree with pretty much everything you said.

    • Ben720

      I hope that is a rhetorical question.

      otherwise, what are you doing here

      • Spirit Tracker

        The game’s by no means bad, just that I find it hard to believe that they took 3 years to make something so small.

        • Ben720

          1) They are TAKING they’re thiRD year.
          2) They probably couldn’t have taken the graphics and edited them, they have to make it 3d, and
          3) The buttons are edited
          4) The sound is redone
          5) They had to create a story
          6) There are probably things they aren’t showing us
          7) This hasn’t been to major of a game until now, they have been working on games for the 3ds and the wii u’s launch

          • Spirit Tracker

            1) Didn’t get that, sorry.
            2) But they already had the over world structure, not that hard to male these kinds of 3D models when you’ve been doing that job for over 10 years.

            3) They took Minish Cap’s engine and made more item slots, 10 minutes are enough to do that
            4) Only a hand full of tracks is at our disposal at the moment, and the composition of tracks doesn’t interfere with the game’s development.
            5) Doesn’t interfere development as well, and we’re not even sure if the story is done or not, for all we know they could have not even started writing it.
            6) It’s Nintendo, they show everything, if not, they tell everything.
            7) Most Zelda games are at least 45% done when showcased to the public for the first time.

    • Phantom Pocketwatch

      Who cares how long it took them to make the game? So long as it’s a great game that lives up to the quality of previous Zelda games, there should be nothing to complain about.

    • Nevan Lowe

      Thats just the demo. They dont want to reveal all of it or what would the point of buying it be?

  • oozy the wolf

    this is great

  • Hyourinmaru

    Doesn’t give that been in development for 3 years feel.

  • god like games

    a link to the past more like a link to the fags!

  • god like games

    a link to the past more like a link to the fags!

  • BlackRaven6695

    So, er, where does he say the game has been in development for 3 years?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sutherland.jake Jake Sutherland

    I’m excited for this zelda release! Hope we have it this year. I loved a link to the past and having them make an updated version with new ideas is great. It is nice to have different styles of games within the zelda games so you can play something like skyward sword then jump into a link to the past the next day. What i really want is majora’s mask on the 3ds! Please do it!!! Would make such a beautiful world in 3d!

    • Kablamogroup

      We should be getting it this year. I’m pretty sure that on the Nintendo Direct, they said it was slated for a Holiday 2013 release.

  • RenaldoBush

    I didn’t know that the games been in development for three years! Now I feel assured that this Zelda game has been thoroughly thought over and planned out and will not disappoint!

  • snakeoiltanker

    what ever new information i get, will make me just as giddy, only think i will be more happy about is to play the game

  • Guest

    Here’s a thought that came to me on the 3 year thing (not saying it could have happened or not) but remember there are different Nintendo companies stationed in different countries, North America, Europe, Japan, etc… with that said, it would take some time to get one content of the game layed out in one country (making sure it won’t offend anyone) and another content layed out for another country. Not to mention having the dialect programed in that language, trial runs and etc. There’s a lot that goes into making video games. For a corporation like Nintendo they have to get the job right. Sony and Microsoft have the same going for them too.
    All the game companies have a same message for the fans and its for us to be patience eventually all our wishes will be granted; give them time :)
    P.S. Sorry for the long post but I really needed to say that

  • Faedeur

    I’m loving this. My favorite Link in the series has been though more adventures than any other Link in the series. ALTTP, OOS, OOA, LA, and now ALTTP2. That’s a hell of a hero!