Recently, Nintendo Everything translated part of an interview Portuguese gaming site MyGames had with Producer Eiji Aonuma, a man who has overseen many of the titles in the Legend of Zelda franchise.
MyGames: What about after The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword? What’s next?
Eiji Aonuma: 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 handhelds.
MyGames: After the release of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS, can we expect The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D?
Eiji Aonuma: 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.
If you can read Portuguese, the rest of the interview is located here.
Analysis: It’s promising to see that a new Zelda is being developed for Nintendo’s newest handheld, especially given that the 3DS has been having problems attracting a userbase due to the lack of titles. A new Zelda, in combination with a few other games slated to come out for the system, should prove to remedy that.
It’s pretty clear, though, that a Majora’s Mask remake won’t occur for quite some time, but it’s being considered. The game in development will be entirely new, although from the sounds of what Aonuma said, I have to wonder if perhaps the mechanic in Four Swords will make a return. The game was rereleased free on the 3DS for a time, and that may or may not be an indication of Nintendo saying, “Hey, this worked really well! Look how many people downloaded this! Maybe we should do something like this again, but for the 3DS?” Granted, this is complete speculation on my part, but one has to wonder what Aonuma means by “taking much of what has been done on previous handhelds.”