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A new top-down Zelda set in the "world" of A Link to the Past will be released in North America in Holiday 2013. While the perspective is the same, it uses the 3D effect of the 3DS to show depth in environments.

Link has a new ability that allows him to turn into paper and move against walls. This game will be out holiday 2013, and it's kind of nuts that it was announced just now, on some totally random Wednesday, instead of E3 or something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6oaS9yBGbmU

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Nintendo is still mulling over an official North American title for this holiday's new Legend of Zelda game, announced for the 3DS this morning. It shares a world and narrative continuity with A Link to the Past, the SNES adventure that has steeped in adoration since the early '90s. To simply call it "A Link to the Past 2" might invoke extraordinary scrutiny, just as it might trigger appropriate nostalgia.

"There is a '2' in the Japanese title," said Bill Trinen, Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America, in an interview with Joystiq. "So, yeah, I think as I described today, it's an all-new game, it is an all-new story." In his new outing, Link has the ability to flatten himself and slide across dungeon walls like a piece of living graffiti.

"From a story perspective there are connections," Trinen said, "so it does fall after A Link to the Past. And it's set in the same world, but introduces that new gameplay mechanic. So, yeah, I guess by that definition ..."

Yup, let's go with sequel. Quick, to the timeline!

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/17/new-3ds-zelda-returns-to-the-world-of-a-link-to-the-past/

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/17/new-3ds-zelda-falls-after-a-link-to-the-past/

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Ill need a new one for animal crossing anyway.

Edit: From the Nintendo Direct thread:

So it appears to share the same overworld as LTTP... interesting.

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I guess maybe this will be set after Link's Awakening when that Link returns to Hyrule?

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I can't help but be disappointed that this will use the exact same Hyrule as in LttP instead of a completely fresh gameworld. The prospect of a new traditional top-down Zelda is absolutely great, but one of the main attractions of the 2D Zelda's is the joy of exploration and the excitement of discovering the map. I know that the dungeons will be new, but that is just one aspect of a great Zelda.

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I can't help but be disappointed that this will use the exact same Hyrule as in LttP instead of a completely fresh gameworld.

How do you know this?

For all we know just that tiny bit of the map seen is the same and the rest is entirely different.

Or, WHAT IF, it's a new game but contains the original game as a remake in the new engine/graphics? And it's the original shown in that clip?

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They should make it some sort of uber top down zelda sequel;that Hyrule map from Lttp is actually one dungeon and then you go to a minish cap map and inbetween use oracle of seasons and ages to change those maps :P

and they should grease it up and let me grind against it.

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I would also prefer a new gameworld, but if they use parts of the classic world that would be pretty cool. The best thing would be if you start off in the old gameworld during the prologue, than move somewhere else, come back to the classic world after it's all fucked up and then you beat evil and it's all nice and restored or something.

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How do you know this?

For all we know just that tiny bit of the map seen is the same and the rest is entirely different.

Or, WHAT IF, it's a new game but contains the original game as a remake in the new engine/graphics? And it's the original shown in that clip?

Isn't that all a bit unlikely? I can't check it right now, but if I'm not mistaken Iwata said that although the overworld will be the same, the dungeons will be brand new. I think it's save to assume that he wouldn't put an emphasis on that when the overworld wasn't exactly the same.

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why would there be a dark world? That's because of events that happened in LttP. This is taking place after that timeline, in the same Hyrule... but doesn't mean that there should be a dark world...

don't get your hopes up people...

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Why wouldn't there be a darkworld? If there's no darkworld then it's not Link to the Past! It's another 2D Zelda. Which I'm also fine with. I don't think they'd suggest it's a sequel to LttP without there being some sort of link to that game, from the past.

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why would there be a dark world? That's because of events that happened in LttP. This is taking place after that timeline, in the same Hyrule... but doesn't mean that there should be a dark world...

don't get your hopes up people...

but then why call it a link to the past when you don't travel back to the past. it makes no sense.

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Speculating that it might not be the same map is reading a bit much into it. It's pretty plain to me that by 'same world' Iwata literally means the same map as LttP, bolstered by the bits we've seen that have been matched up. He just said the dungeons were completely new.

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Eurogamer expresses the same worries I have about this game:

And that's as far as this new Zelda on the 3DS ventures from the formula, for now at least, which is something of a mixed blessing. Zelda's always been a series built on grand, immovable traditions, about retelling the same tale with a different context, and about handing the story down from one generation to another.

In that regard, this should be nothing but a triumph: an old bedtime favourite retold in a new and more vibrant voice. In another, though, I'm not quite so sure: this is a product of the Nintendo that's so keen to remind us of its heritage that it's in danger of not living up to it, as it repackages old formulas and churns through them at an alarming rate. This isn't necessarily the start of an annualised Zelda, but it feels very much like it's drawn from the same pool as the New Super Mario Bros. games rather than from whatever strange sauce brought us the fever dream of Link's Awakening - and that it's from a Nintendo that's happy to draw upon past memories without being quite bold enough to conjure new ones of its own.

I really don't know whether Nintendo, as it is now, is able to make, or even interested in making, a Zelda game approaching the same genius and innovation that LttP had. The idea of a new Link to the Past Zelda game that is to the Zelda games of old, what New Super Mario Bros is to the Mario games of old, is not appealing at all. The graphics are a bad sign already, but if it turns out that New Link to the Past is at least half as good as Old Link to the Past, I will buy a 3DS just for that game without a second thought.

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