Shigeru Miyamoto, the legend behind the Mario and Zelda series has never been one to turn down a good re-release, but there are some games that just scream for it. One of those games is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Originally appearing on the Super Nintendo in 1991, the game consistently appears on “Top 10 games of all-time” lists, and is fondly remembered by nearly all who have played it.
While the game has seen previous re-releases, most recently on the Wii’s Virtual Console, it’s been since 2002 since we’ve seen any kind of proper retail re-release.
In a recent interview with Edge, Miyamoto has hinted about a re-release, but with new components. “[…] I think I’d be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link To The Past,” Miyamoto said. “I think it’s important to bring some really new software.
Miyamoto continued, stating that if it were to happen, he wouldn’t be the man in charge thanks to his new hands-off approach at Nintendo. “To be very honest and open, it really depends on the directors that have time at the moment as well. Some directors, I can give them the title and I know they will do something great with it. Other directors I’m not so 100% confident [in], so they’re the ones I’d rather take a more remake approach to the title. It really depends on that as well.”
The 3DS truly would be a perfect platform for the iconic game. With Ocarina of Time 3D‘s success, A Link to the Past already has a strong installed user-base on the handheld device. Of course, even if it were more along the lines of a spiritual successor, it would be a smashing success and potentially a console/3DS-seller. Remember, however, this is all just Miyamoto speculating, which doesn’t necessarily mean that anything will come from it. Either way, it’s very exciting to hear that the interest is there in the Nintendo camp.