Shigeru Miyamoto has a habit of showing a little leg. Nothing gets the man’s acolytes all hot and bothered like a tiny tease about some sequel to a long lost game or a potential remake of one of his beloved classics. Look at what happened with Pikmin 3: Back in 2008, amidst the abysmal E3 that introduced the world to Wii Music, Miyamoto just said that the team was working on something involving Pikmin. That was it. By the time Pikmin 3 for Wii U popped up at E3 2012, people were hooting and hollering for a game trailer that didn’t look too different from Pikmin 2.
Now Miyamoto is doing his favorite remake dance: The which “Legend of Zelda are we bringing back next” routine. Speaking with IGN, Miyamoto said that Nintendo is having trouble deciding which Legend of Zelda to bring to the Nintendo 3DS next, the Nintendo 64’s Majora’s Mask or the Super Nintendo’s A Link to the Past.
“We haven’t quite decided yet, whether we’re going to do a A Link to the Past, because there’s also the possibility of doing a remake of Majora’s Mask. This is something we’ve certainly been talking about and doing a little bit of experimenting with, to figure out which way we’re going to go,” said Miyamoto. Then, to put the cherry on top, he said that fans will have to wait “just a little while longer” to find out which will make it.
All joking aside, a Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask remake for the Nintendo 3DS would be excellent. Not just for the reasons that the 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time—namely the improved frame rate and touched up visuals—so excellent, but because of improvements offered by the handheld’s interface. Being able to use the touch screen to navigate the game’s menus and access its song list—repeatedly playing ocarina songs is integral to Majora’s Mask—would greatly streamline the game and do away with some of the frustrations in it that have turned off fans in the years since its release.
A remake of A Link to the Past however is a less appealing proposition. On the one hand, that game’s layered bird’s-eye-view dungeons would look swell on the 3DS’ screen. On the other hand, the addition of Link’s grunting voice to the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past was grating enough, and Nintendo would no doubt add even more to a 3DS remake.
It would be better for Miyamoto and his team to pursue a 2D-styled Zelda sequel to A Link to the Past on the system, as he suggested to Edge in April. It’s been 7 years since the last 2D Zelda adventure. Mix it up, Miyamoto, you big tease.
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