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If there was an original 3ds zelda using the N64 remaster's engine...


Shadi Smith
ZD Champion
May 4, 2012
Trump's America
I remember back when Aonuma or someone said that zelda has unfinished business on the 3ds after Link b/w Worlds, I really thought that meant we'd get another 3d proper zelda game for the 3ds in the same vein as the N64 remasters. Of course we got mother flippin tri for heroes instead and at this point, you can bet your behind the 3ds is about finished so that idea is a bust. But imagine for a moment that we did get a new zelda in that same kind of style for the 3ds, how would you picture that game being like?
What I was hoping for was a game that continues off Majora's Mask w/ that same Link, bridging the gap b/w Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess. He'd be a bit older, maybe even similar age to his adult self from Ocarina, and I'd hope they'd do stuff to tie into TP like featuring the Ordona region and having Link be able to use those hidden moves he would eventually pass on to his descendant. I had no real ideas for story but that's at least what I would have wanted out of a 3ds zelda that takes after the N64 remasters, by having it go all the way and be a sequel to those games.


ZD Legend
Nov 29, 2011
It is one of Nintendo's greatest missed opportunities that the 3DS didn't get an original 3D Zelda. What an absolute travesty that it didn't...

I can only imagine what that game would have been like... and imagine I have!



If I was a wizard this wouldn't be happening to me
Forum Volunteer
May 20, 2012
West Coast Best Coast
Godless Commie
What a missed opportunity.

ALBW is one of my favorite Zelda games and I definitely wouldn't trade it off, but it seems a shame to spend all that work making a new engine for OoT/MM and then never using it.

Princess Niki

Staff member
ZD Legend
Aug 27, 2011
Yes, it's a shame that the 3DS never got a full game that was an original idea. I still consider ALBW as an almost remake since it was going to be a remake till they had 1 new idea that lead to a few more ideas.


ZD Champion
Mar 18, 2019
TBH I didn’t really see the series going anywhere else on the 3DS. LBW and TFH didn’t really end with a sequel in mind, and the other 2 games were remakes of n64 titles, so I don’t think there would be another direct sequel there. One thing is for sure: if they ever did make a fifth 3DS Zelda it would be just as glitchy and poorly made as the other four.
Jul 14, 2019
Although I would have loved a 3D Zelda for the 3DS, I'm happy with what we got instead. The remaster engine worked well for the remakes, but personally I'm not hugely fond of that style of play. The engine is clunkier and more lethargic than the likes of WW, TP and now BotW and the fluidity of more modern titles is a welcome upgrade in my eyes.

I suppose they could have fairly easily altered the engine somewhat to make it snappier and less N64 like. However, the 3DS itself was also limited in what it could deliver. It was a great system and definitely laid the early groundwork for home-console like 3D games on a portable, but it still had room for improvement. I'm glad they waited until BotW to release a new main-series title.

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ZD Legend
Site Staff
Oct 18, 2011
The astral plane
It is one of Nintendo's greatest missed opportunities that the 3DS didn't get an original 3D Zelda. What an absolute travesty that it didn't...
I have to agree. As a matter of fact, they had dome basis to potentially set up an awesome interquel between Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess with those carvings on the wall of Hyrule Castle Town.


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