I can't stop the feelings. Nintendo just announced a The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past successor, perhaps not a sequel, but a followup to the Super Nintendo classic. Set in the same world as the original game, the new title will add features that take full advantage of the 3DS' technology. We're talking complex 3D level design that already have me crying thinking about hidden heart containers.
While very little was discussed about the game during the Nintendo Direct event, but here's what Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aim has to say about their design:
"[We] want to reinvigorate the flat 2D world of A Link to the Past with a sense of height and volume using the three-dimensional display of the Nintendo 3DS. With it, it's easier to differentiate levels in the environment and our developers can utilize height levels in different dungeons as a puzzle solving mechanic."
With an original storyline and entirely new dungeons, this Link to the Past successor appears to set itself apart in most regards. What it does retain from A Link to the Past is its setting and a loose visual style. Checking out the gameplay shown in the Nintendo Direct, we see the worms, ravens, bone-throwing skeletons and trees -- oh those trees -- returning. Otherwise, it's tough to say if the two games will otherwise share any themes or ideas.
Hopefully we're looking at a true The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past successor and not just a game that's aping the name and style for free nostalgia points. We won't have to wait long to find out, as The Legend of Zelda: (insert official title here) will be releasing this holiday season on the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has yet to release the official trailer for the game, but please check out this direct link to the point of the Nintendo Direct event where the game is announced: Youtube.
PS, I wouldn't be surprised to see A Link to the Past remade with this new engine.