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

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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!!

  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

  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?

  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.

  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.

  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.

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