Zelda Dungeon Talks: How Could Use of the 3DS Be Implemented in The New Zelda Game?
Posted on June 01 2016 by Josh Tasaico
The idea of the 3Ds being somehow implemented into the new Zelda game isn’t something that I have heard talked about much. While it isn’t likely that the 3DS will be used in the new game, there are a few interesting ways in which it could be used. An idea that I had while thinking about it was that a second player could be there as a mobile sheikah stone as well as add a few extra item slots the main player. There are many more possibilities so make the jump to find out what our staff members think.
In this week’s edition of Zelda Dungeon Talks various staff members will share with us there opinion on the topic. As always feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments section.
Jon Lett – View Profile
As a kid, I had a great time using the Tingle Tuner in The Wind Waker, once I finally got a GBA/GCN connection cable. It made for some interesting new gameplay options in a game I had already mastered. I still wish I had known someone else with an interest in Zelda to use the Tuner with me, but I still had a good time finding little secrets through Tingle himself, and looking for ways to play differently with the new little optional tools at my disposal. This is a sort of mechanic I would LOVE to see in a new open-world game like Zelda Wii U, and the 3DS’s wireless connection would be perfect for it. The scale of the world, and the associated level of environmental change, having an optional companion in contact with you, offering you some helpful little items through a second screen (held and controlled by a second player), would be awesome. The journeys Link goes on can often be quite lonely, and The Wind Waker taught me that having someone like Tingle alongside you, even just speaking to you occasionally, can make you feel like things are not so lonesome.
Alexis Anderson – View Profile
I had never considered that the 3DS could be used in tandem with Zelda Wii U, but I don’t think I’d be opposed to it. I suppose the way I’d prefer it be used would be in some multiplayer sense, though in a more useful way than the Tingle Tuner. I wouldn’t want there to be any content that could only be discovered using the 3DS, but it could aid in the search of certain items or places. The game is going to have an emphasis on the Sheikah, so maybe someone using the 3DS would essentially have a Lens of Truth view of things, so secrets and hidden grottos and such would be easily visible on that screen. I wish I could come up with more ideas, but incorporating the 3DS was just nowhere on my radar! I’ll bet some really interesting things could be done, though.
Thomas Jacobs – View Profile
I feel like it doesn’t need to because it has been made obsolete by Nintendo’s other advances in gaming technology. The Tingle Tuner back in the days of Wind Waker gave you access to a second screen and new, but not mandatory to 100% the game, ways to interact with the world. The tablet of the Wii U already delivers on that first part, but it’s not sure if the NX will even have one of these. Meanwhile, the new ways to do things in the world can be covered by the Amiibo; one tap on the tablet and you can have access to more arrows/bombs, perform a special attack on your enemies, instantaneously teleport to somewhere instead of having to play a song and more of such things. While I’m wary of using things that are not immediately part of the game to experience it fully, if I had to choose between the Amiibo and the 3DS I’d rather pick the former.
Kira Koneko – View Profile
I had never really thought about having the 3DS incorporated into the new Zelda title on the Wii U and NX, but having read some of my fellow staffers responses, I might just really like the idea. I especially like the idea that Josh had about using it as a mobile Sheikah stone! One of my favorite things about the 3DS, and something that I think not enough games take advantage of is the StreetPass functionality. If somehow they could incorporate the ability to access the Sheikah Stone if you StreetPass with a fellow player, or maybe its not a Sheikah Stone at all but a way that you could secure additional items, such as potions, heart pieces or even maps, that might lend an extra layer of adventure to the title. Even if it wasn’t the actual game being playable on the 3DS but an app, like The Nintendo Badge Arcade that would allow you these additional functionalities. Somewhat of a companion to your Zelda game, that I could definitely see myself using!