Miyamoto Says He'd Like To Make A Spiritual Sequel To A Link To The Past

It's been a long time since Shigeru Miyamoto's directly worked on a Legend of Zelda game. 1991, to be exact. That's the year that the classic A Link to the Past hit the SNES. Now, recent remarks from Nintendo's creative leader make it sound like he'd be up for revisiting that chapter of Link's video game life.

Speaking to Edge Magazine, Miyamoto expanded on previous comments about a game in the style of A Link to the Past — which has been mentioned before by current Zelda mastermind Eiji Aonuma — on the 3DS:

"I think the answer would be the same if we're talking about just porting," he said, "but I think I'd be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link To The Past. I think it's important to bring some really new software."

However, the creator of Mario cautioned that he wouldn't leading the development on such a game, were it to happen:

"To be very honest and open, it really depends on the directors that have time at the moment as well," he said. "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 per cent 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."

This last comment strikes me as particularly interesting, given how opaque Nintendo tends to be about who does what on which games. Miyamoto hints — however obliquely — at the idea that the approach on a title's development shifts on available talent. Such a statement runs counter to the mostly monolithic creative face that Nintendo tends to put out there as responsible for its games.

Teases about a possible F-Zero return on Wii U also turn up in the interview, so head on over to Edge and read the whole thing.

Miyamoto keen on new Link To The Past [Edge]


    I like the part at the end referring to F-Zero's return on the Wii U! I really hope its on its way!

    i like it, i like everythng about it... let it happen - link to the past was without a doubt the best zelda.

    Make a top down Zelda with roguelike aspects a la Binding of Isaac.

    All my money Shiggy.

    3DS Link to the Past sequel! Yes please!

    Link to the past is one of my favorite games. Everything on the game is perfect, the control, music, difficulty... Everything is perfect.

    I don't really get what a spiritual successor to LttP would entail. In plot and setting, the N64 version could already be described as such, and in gameplay the portable versions would also fit the description.

      Did you just refer to Ocarina of time as the N64 Zelda, it's full title needs to be indulged in. (I'm Joking)

      I think the idea is that it'd be like LttP in plot, setting AND gameplay.

      Personally, though, I prefer the N64 games. I loved visiting normal Hyrule and shadow Hyrule, but Future and Past Hyrule were cooler in my opinion, as it involved more causality.

    Wait. Haven't Nintendo been making sequels (spiritual or otherwise) to link to the past for two decades now? (Majora's Mask aside) It certainly felt like it.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now