The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past 2 Has Been In The Works Since 2011

By Sato . April 24, 2013 . 5:00pm


A spiritual successor to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was announced in last week’s Nintendo Direct. In a recent Japanese Wii U Direct focusing on Miiverse, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma gave a little insight into the upcoming 3DS game, which actually has a “2” at the end of its title in Japan.


Said Aonuma via Miiverse Direct: “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!”


Aonuma also hinted that the idea behind the concept of restructuring a 2D Zelda into 3D is something Nintendo have been working on since 2011. He requested: “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].”


Here’s a look at the trailer that was shown in last week’s Nintendo Direct:



The successor to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is scheduled for release this holiday season in North America and Europe.


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  • Zenthos

    Hopefully the over world size has increased.

    • AlexanderPappas

      I heard that it is really similar to the original lttp’s but I dont remember where… Anyway I hope so too regardless it will still be awesome.

  • Foryth

    I haven’t played many of the more recent Zelda games, but count me in for a sequel of my favorite Zelda game. :) I’m glad this is on 3DS since I don’t intend to get a Wii-U (or any new-gen console) at the moment.

  • Tre W

    It’d be interesting if even the BS Zeldas (namely Stone Tablets) got a brief nod of sorts. The one interesting thing from those games was that Lake Hylia was destroyed for some reason in between the supposed 6 year gap between the end of LTTP and Stone Tablets (all while Link was away with the Oracle and Awakening games).

    Even little details like that would be a nice touch and showed that Hyrule changed since Link (and thus, the player) has last visited.

    • Would be nice but I seriously doubt Nintendo cares about the mythology that much to make nods to tiny things like that. They could’ve done a lot more to stretch out OoT 3D for example but instead it felt like more a port than a remake.

      • Tre W

        Well, to be fair, that was kind of the point with OoT 3D. Koji Kondo even said that he opted not to even update the game’s OST, because “it wouldn’t sound like OoT anymore”. Which to me, sounds like they just wanted to make sure the port adhered to nostalgia as much as possible, rather than risk any possibility of “they changed it, now it’s ruined FOREVER~!” from the fans. I’d expect similar from the Wind Waker remake.

        But LTTP2, being a full-fledged sequel (rather than remake)? That allows them to actually elaborate on the mythos a bit. And for this game being the first entrant that the “Classic/Fallen/Failure” timeline has seen in ages? I’d be surprised if they didn’t take advantage of such. There’s actually quite a bit of ground waiting to be covered there.

        • I like your point about how fans would’ve reacted to the changes and I agree. I never thought of that.

          I guess they might do something for ALttP 2 but I still doubt it. Either way I won’t catch little nods like that. I never finished ALttP.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Wahh. My cousins will be very interested with this game here.^^ He has always be fans of the original Alttp and this game is going to be like a present for him.^_^

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I would just love if the somehow incorporate the dark world into this. It could be the world link “wished” for at the end of LttP, but something could have caused it to go crazy (like ahganim’s or ganon’s spirit still lingered or something). Wishful thinking on my part. One of the things that made LttP so amazing to me was it’s dual world’s and it’s amazing dungeons and bosses. I have high hopes for this

  • Zonic505

    The fact they were able to keep this secret for 2 years in this day & age of leaks & rumors on the internet is amazing, yet kind of awesome since it makes this game all the more surprising that it’s happening.

    • puchinri

      Agreed~. Though Nintendo is pretty pro at keeping secrets.

    • Zenthos

      Miyamoto did hint about a link to the past styled game. If that counts…

  • Oh god, Aonuma’s working on this? Nintendo, please: sit this man down and firmly tell him that he is going to spend at LEAST the next five years working on something as absolutely un-Zelda-like as possible. He and the Zelda franchise need some time away from each other.

    • Armane

      He doesn’t just need time away, he needs to be taken off it permanently.

  • So in Japan it’s official The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 but in NA/EU they’ve gone with a temp. title “The Legend of Zelda”? Seems a bit pointless to think up of another game for NA/EU to be honest.

    While not that excited for ALttP 2, a safe 2D Zelda is bettern than all the recent outings so I’ll take it.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Well the actual Japanese subtitle is Triforce of the Gods 2, since LttP is not the Japanese subtitle of that game. Maybe they just want t call it something else overseas?

  • mahrze

    Excuse me while I leap and glee of joy. Hopefully, they do a Limited Ed 3DS version. Cuz I am so buying this. I will now point and laugh at the fans of OoT and Majora’s Mask. Why? Because:

  • That must mean it’s close to being finished.

  • neo_firenze

    The look of this game is just… yuck, I don’t like it at all. That faux-2D look with 3D assets is revolting. Hope it plays better than it looks.

    It’s not just a question of preferring 2D or 3D. I love classic 2D sprite based Zelda. I have no problem at all with the 3D stuff. I just don’t like this weird blend of the two. At all.

    • It’s acquired taste for sure. I personally like it, some of my favorite games are sprite/polygon mix (Klonoa, Ys VI style).

    • Armane

      Agreed, looks like New Super Mario Bros. and I hate Link’s model. Doesn’t look anything like LttP/LA/Oracles Link or any of the concept artwork. Worst still is the world; looks awful compared with LttP.

  • Göran Isacson

    Holy heck I don’t think Aonuma looked that grey last time I saw him. Is it age, or is it just stress from working on the Zelda series?

    At any rate I do hope that they continue the story of Links Awakening and Oracles in this one… would be nice to have that kinda continuity is all. Though I wonder how old that would make this Link… maybe they’ll pick a new one just to start over on a clean slate.

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