Zelda: A Link to the Past Sequel Brings Back Light And Dark Worlds

By Ishaan . May 2, 2013 . 10:30am

The upcoming successor to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Nintendo 3DS will bring back the Light and Dark Worlds, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has confirmed in an interview with CNET.


Additionally, Aonuma also shares the influence Ocarina of Time has had.


Link’s ability to turn himself into a wall painting is inspired by Ocarina, according to Aonuma. In that game’s Forest Temple dungeon, Link encounters a Phantom Ganon who can jump between six identical paintings hung around the room. Aonuma wondered, “What if Link could have the same power?”


Nintendo haven’t finalized a name for the new Zelda in North America and Europe yet. The game is scheduled for release this holiday.


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  • Tre W

    Music to my ears. Especially since that likely means we’ll hear a new rendition of the Dark World theme again!

    Also, I wonder if we’re supposed to read anything into that Phantom Ganon namedrop. After all, at least in this “timeline”, Ganon, the original big blue pig, hasn’t met his end until Zelda 1. So I’m hoping we get to see him again. It wouldn’t be a proper old-school Zelda without him…

  • HerosLight

    This is great!

    Changing from Light World to Dark World was always kickass and awesome to solve puzzles and get secret items!

  • “What if Link could have the same power?”

    That somehow made me think of Philosoraptor.

  • Freud_Hater

    I’m actually pretty curious about this. I’ll probably pick it up.

  • Brimfyre

    In true Zelda fashion I bet there will be an even bigger alternate world twist. We think it will just be light and Dark but I bet there will be something else too.

    Will never happen, but how awesome would it be for there to be a Twilight World and we get to see Midna in “2D” form?

    • Armane

      The Twilight Realm is the Dark Realm, it just never got corrupted by Ganon in that timeline.

      • Göran Isacson

        Iiii don’t know about that. Isn’t the Dark World in LttP the Golden Realm where the Triforce lies, only corrupted by Ganons evil? I’m pretty sure that the Twilight Realm where the Twili were banished was a whole different realm altogether.

        • Armane

          I think it’s open to interpretation, but there are a lot of parallels (people stumbling into either realm, evil power leaking out into Hyrule, etc.). I don’t think there’s anything contradicting them being the same realm at any rate. The Golden/Sacred Realm could simply be a myth after all.

          • Brimfyre

            Historia of Hyrule pretty explicitly states they are separate. Why would they put something as precious and dangerous as the TriForce in the same place they sent a bunch of criminals?

            It would be like if England had sent the crown jewels along with all the criminals they sent to Australia.

          • Göran Isacson

            … Now I’m imagining Midna with an Australian accent.

            This does nothing to lessen her appeal in my eyes and ears.

  • Aisha Lee

    This is awesome! All I need now is the fountain that you toss items in to get super items and I’ll be set.

  • So how does the inclusion of a dark world affect the story in this game, considering they eliminated the dark world?

    • Tre W

      Well, there’s two things to remember: The Dark World was restored to its original form of the Golden Land/Sacred Realm and the Triforce is in the hands of the Royal Family. So barring Ganon (or one of his surrogates that he’ll eventually hijack the game from) getting their hands on the Triforce again, “re-corrupting” the Golden Land should be out of the question.

      If anything, I agree with the notion that the whole “painting” angle may be the best way that they’ll get to sidestep the issue. If Link is hopping into paintings in order to to visit different worlds, then who’s to say that there may not be “dark” versions of those painting worlds instead?

      • Perhaps. Or we start time traveling back to the future style

      • Chow

        Name confirmed: The Legend of Zelda Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

  • I’ll be happier if they announce they’re going to stop copying paper mario features.

    • DCBlackbird

      Mario did utilize zelda mechanics in a stage in 3D land

  • Phantom Link confirmed.

  • Göran Isacson

    I wonder if the fact that they wrote “dark world and light world” without capital letters and really quickly means that it’s not THE Dark World we’re thinking about, but something else that is akin to the dark world we had in the past.

  • I always thought that Phantom Ganon’s painting abilities were inspired by Super Mario 64.

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