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Most of the time, I have no idea what Nintendo’s game plan is. Remember back when the WiiU was first announced, they claimed they were going to get unprecedented 3rd party support, and we believed them, just like they said for the N64, the GameCube, and the Wii. None of those delivered on great 3rd party games. I really wish they would just stop deluding themselves and simply admit they’re a delivery platform for their franchise games.

In today’s Nintendo Direct, they spent 35 agonizing, incredibly dull minutes describing all of the re-hashing and remakes and ports they’ve been working on, including the following:

  • DLC for Super Mario Bros U where you can play as Luigi.
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, a co-op Mario/Luigi game where, you guessed it, the Princess gets freakin’ kidnapped again.
  • A port of Donkey Kong Country Returns that makes it easier to play.
  • More Mario Golf. Woo hoo.
  • New Pikmin types in Pikmin 3 (holy crap it’s even ON THE COVER!) .
  • A hilariously awful demonstration of Game & Wario using the WiiU tablet thingy.
  • Some weirdly named titles for the Nintendo online shop.

Oh, and by the way, a fully fledged 3DS sequel to possibly the best SNES game of all time: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

You can skip to 35:10 in the video for the full story. Thanks for making me wade through all this bland slurry to get to the good stuff, that delicious nugget of news. Rather than being an uninteresting port or remake with some 3D slapped on it,  Link to the Past 2 will take place in the same game world and utilize the 3D capability of the handheld to have multi-level dungeons with perspective mechanics. Link also gains the ability to turn into a 2D picture and walk along walls to solve puzzles or get to new areas. The first time I saw it happen, I laughed out loud. There’s so much possibility for it, and in a game series praised for its level and puzzle design, it may just be the game that gets me to buy a 3DS.

UPDATE: Youtuber Plexirvones was nice enough to hack off the boring stuff and post just the Zelda video:

Here’s some screenshots below:

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The multi-level dungeons look pretty fun.
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The game preserves the art style while bringing it into the 3D realm.
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Here’s a 2D Link mechanic in action.
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Another angle shows the pseudo 2D perspective.
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The Link to the Past classic Hyrule overworld returns.

There’s also a 3DS video that you can view available from the Nintendo EShop downloable from your 3DS. This early, exciting glimpse at this game indicates to me there’s still hope for Nintendo, especially in the handheld space. They can’t figure out online, or create new IPs very often, but they’re excellent at what they know. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 has a tentative release date of Holiday 2013, so probably a late November/early December of this year.

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