So Nintendo has announced a direct sequel to the SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, taking place in the same world and- the video available implies- almost the same map.
I’m really not sure how to feel about this.
Like most 90s kids, I have very fond memories of the original A Link to the Past. In its’ day, it was an amazing game- like Super Mario World before it, a quantum leap beyond what the NES was capable of in size, depth, and complexity. It was a great game and I’m not denying that for a second.
On the other hand, like most of the other games in the series, it was a standard world with a fairly straightforward design. While the game had a plot, there were precious few characters and nothing particularly compelling about the world’s setting. Nostalgia is nice, but beyond that I don’t see anything terribly compelling about a return to A Link to the Past’s Hyrule over an original take on the world.
Is there really anyone chomping at the bit to go back to Misery Mire and fight that giant goddamn blob of eyes again? More to the point, anyone who wouldn’t already pick up something with “Zelda” in the title?
I’m usually more than willing to excuse companies for wanting to revisit their successes and port and re-release their old games- heck, I love the fact that I can now play many of my childhood favorites on my phone- but this really does feel like an attempt to capitalize on nostalgia rather than creating something new.