As the 25th anniversary year for the Legend of Zelda, 2011 is turning into quite the year for fans of Link and his forever unlucky princess. We have already seen Ocarina of Time 3D become the best game available on the handheld, and Skyward Sword is picking up fantastic reviews amid much hyperbole proclaiming it to be possibly the greatest game in the series so far. With that in mind, owners of the 3DS might be in for not one, but two more Zelda titles in the coming few years.
The series current producer, Eiji Aonuma, has told the Portugese site MyGames and translated by Nintendo Everything, “We are already preparing a new game, a game in the series for the Nintendo 3DS, but don’t think that it is a direct sequel to the Zelda titles released on DS, we are talking about a new game, but it takes much of what has been done on previous consoles.” Given that the gestation period for a console quality Zelda experience is likely to be up around the eighteen month to two-year mark, we may not be seeing much of this new title for a while however, but an early E3 or Tokyo Game Show reveal next year could be a big event.
That isn’t all though, because all this talk of Zelda led Aonuma to also comment on the possibility of a remake of fan favourite, Majora’s Mask. “It’s something I’m asked about often and I assure you that it is something I’ve spoken to Miyamoto about. But recently we released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D as a remake. We are considering the idea, but it didn’t seem right to launch a remake one after another, so the next Zelda game on 3DS will be original.” This comment certainly sounds like a remake is planned after the all-new Zelda titles are released. My prediction? New Zelda 3DS for Nintendo’s big summer 2013 release with Majora’s Mask 3DS following on within 6-12 months. All we need now is a new F-Zero and Metroid Prime game for the handheld and its future popularity, at least in my corner of England, is confirmed.