Nintendo: ‘Zelda,’ ‘Yoshi’ and more new games on the way

April 17, 2013 | 4:20 p.m.

A scene from a new Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held console. The game, slated for launch this holiday season, is set in the world of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past." (Nintendo)

A scene from a new Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held console. The game, slated for launch this holiday season, is set in the world of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past." (Nintendo)

A scene from a new Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held console. The game, slated for launch this holiday season, is set in the world of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past." (Nintendo)

A scene from a new Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held console. The game, slated for launch this holiday season, is set in the world of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past." (Nintendo)

A scene from a new Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held console. The game, slated for launch this holiday season, is set in the world of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past." (Nintendo)

A scene from an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game in the "Yoshi's Island" series, featuring Yoshi and Baby Mario. (Nintendo)

A scene from an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game in the "Yoshi's Island" series, featuring Yoshi and Baby Mario. (Nintendo)

A scene from an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game in the "Yoshi's Island" series, featuring Yoshi and Baby Mario. (Nintendo)

A scene from an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game in the "Yoshi's Island" series, featuring Yoshi and Baby Mario. (Nintendo)

A scene from an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game in the "Yoshi's Island" series, featuring Yoshi and Baby Mario. (Nintendo)

A scene from the Nintendo 3DS game "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team," in which Mario travels between the real world and Luigi's dreams. The game is out Aug. 11. (Nintendo)

A scene from the Nintendo 3DS game "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team," in which Mario travels between the real world and Luigi's dreams. The game is out Aug. 11. (Nintendo)

A scene from the Nintendo 3DS game "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team," in which Mario travels between the real world and Luigi's dreams. The game is out Aug. 11. (Nintendo)

A scene from the Nintendo 3DS game "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team," in which Mario travels between the real world and Luigi's dreams. The game is out Aug. 11. (Nintendo)

A scene from the Nintendo 3DS game "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team," in which Mario travels between the real world and Luigi's dreams. The game is out Aug. 11. (Nintendo)

A new “Legend of Zelda” series video game is on the way for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held console. The game, set in the world of “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,” was among more than a dozen new releases Nintendo announced Wednesday for the 3DS and Wii U consoles.

Among the upcoming games are a new “Yoshi’s Island” installment, a new “Professor Layton” game and “EarthBound,” a fan favorite role-playing game that debuted on the Super NES in 1995.

The new Zelda game, slated for launch this holiday season, aims to utilize the console’s 3-D abilities, allowing Link to “become a drawing and move along walls,” according to Nintendo’s news release. Players can download a video of the game from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Check out some gameplay around the 36-minute mark in the Nintendo Direct video below.

Also announced for the 3DS are two interconnected Zelda games “Oracle of Ages” and “Oracle of Seasons,” originally released for the Game Boy Color in 2001 (out May 30); a new “Yoshi’s Island” game, featuring Yoshi and Baby Mario; “Mario & Luigi: Dream Team,” in which Mario travels between the real world and Luigi’s dreams (out Aug. 11); “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D,” a hand-held update of the popular Wii game (out May 24); “Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy,” another puzzle game in the series (out 2014); and several more.

The Wii U release roster includes the return of “EarthBound” sometime this year; “Pikmin 3,” which introduces flying Winged Pickmin (out Aug. 4); and the “Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate” update, among other releases.

– Noelene Clark | @Noelene Clark

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19 Responses to Nintendo: ‘Zelda,’ ‘Yoshi’ and more new games on the way

  1. Wil says:

    It is exactly because of all the kiddie games like Pikmin and Yoshi Story that Nintendo is struggling so much trying to push out the Wii U. They should put more effort developing games oriented towards hard core gamers. The rest of their games are mostly ports from other games that people that already own a PS3 or XBox, which most hard core gamers already own, have. Listen Nintendo, get with Team Ninja again and start developing another Metroid. That’ll bring sales up for a change!!

    • Panic says:

      Yoshi's Island. Which was an awesome game.

    • Kaihaku says:

      Uh, please leave Team Ninja as far away from Metroid as possible. Get Retro back in there.

    • Frank Munoz says:

      You really need to stop saying "kiddie games". Have you played the Yoshi's island and Pikmin seires. God they are so good. Stop judging a game by how it looks like. Pikmin is actually my favorite video game seires. Oh and I'm in College Not a kid.

    • Oh I know you didn't just speak ill of Yoshi's Island.

    • Dylan says:

      Have you even played those games. Pikmin might seem "kiddy" on the surface, but anyone who's played it knows it actually has many dark undertones and is among Nintendo's most challenging (and frustrating) franchises. I hated it as a kid for that reason, but now I love it as an adult. I consider someone who embraces all avenues much more mature than some other narrowly scoped individual who can only appreciate dark and "gritty" themes. There is so much more to our existence than that.

  2. Dude45 says:

    The 3DS is doing fantastically right now, and it looks like its getting plenty of support, I'm personally excited for the new Pokemon and Zelda games for it
    Nintendo still needs to step it up for the WiiU though

    • Kaihaku says:

      I'm convinced that the Wii U will follow the 3DS curve… Slow sales until console shipping titles hit, then all the doomsaying with have been for nothing. I really don't understand "experts" who think that a lack of third party support will kill Nintendo…they haven't had strong third party support for generations.

  3. Johnny Anonymous says:

    Seems like the 3DS is getting more support than the Wii U. Wonder why? Could it be because the Wii U is seen as a flop?

    • Kaihaku says:

      I think that it's because Nintendo is slow. It takes them time to gain traction on a system. The 3DS was seen by outsiders as a "flop" not so long ago. Give it some time, the Wii U will get up to speed.

  4. Wil says:

    Yes, and I agree. It was a good game. But in order to be successful in business, you have to attack the bigger crowds first. Thats how they can attract more third party developers, which they totally failed with games like Zombi U because of the huge mess of a game it is. A more efficient strategy would have been to start out with one of their main characters, like Metroid or Zelda (not kiddie cartoonish Zelda), in addition to their recycle version of Mario, and create a wow factor on people.

    • Dylan says:

      Your idea that there is no market for "kiddy" things simply doesn't hold up in reality. Neither Metroid or Zelda, while certainly successful and appreciated, have been top sellers for Nintendo. Nintendo's most financially successful games have been what you'd consider "kiddy."

  5. retrogaming says:

    The "new" will have me laughing for days.

  6. Cheval_Thatch says:

    Finally! Earthbound is returning to America! You guys have no idea how glad I am that most of these little boys know who Ness really is!

  7. JAMMA PCB says:

    Pokemon, Pikmin, Zelda, and Mario games are for children…and those adults who still like childrens games. There I said it. As Orth said, deal with it.Simply rehashing the same old tired IPs will not do anything to help Nintendo. I owned a NES, SNES and N64, and havent touched anyting Nintendo since PS2. I grew up, like the rest of the world. Those few who cling to such casual, childish games are not enough of a market to sustain Nintendos position. They already own a 3DS or a original Wii. No reason to own the next one (Wii U), which has…(drumroll) the same freakin games again.

    • Kaihaku says:

      I'm being called a child but somehow I suspect that I'm older than you.

      Not all R rated movies are "fun" for adults, not all PG rated movies are only for children. The fact that a game series can be enjoyed by people aged 4 to 104 is a strength…not a weakness.

  8. JAMMA PCB says:

    Yoshis island, Mario, Pikmin, Pokemon (especially Pokemon), and Zelda are for children. You can rationalize it however you want, but its a fact. If you are a grown man and watch pokemon, you are a meme waiting to happen.

    • Hinaru says:

      Actually it IS for everyone. Not just children. But then again does being called a core gamer make you look any better? Nintendo is famous for all ages despite if you a kid or an adult. Plus many ppl don't seem to realize that many kids (probably yourself) play these video games in the past and even now and it's still Selling like hotcakes for Nintendo. So why Nintendo change?

    • Jacob says:

      Funny how you should mention memes. Take a look around the internet. Have you any idea how many Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon (ESPECIALLY Pokemon) memes there are? I suppose you think that these were made by the "kiddies" whose attention spans are small enough to be occupied for hours by a 99 cent game on their parents' smart phone? No. Open your eyes. Highschool and college students (consider them "kiddies" if you must) are the biggest supporters of Pokemon and similar old franchises because they grew up with them. They're reliving their childhood while also experiencing some new twists to it. You're right, those games are targeted toward children. But why make a fuss if older people want to enjoy them? How do you rationalize THAT? By the sounds of it, you don't care for Nintendo anymore, so you shouldn't be too upset when they "crash and burn because they're too focused on kiddie games" right?

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