Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, and Ocarina of Time 3D. What do all of these games have in common? They're all of The Legend of Zelda games that have been playable on some type of Nintendo DS handheld system. Ocarina of Time 3D was the first time that we experienced a full 3D adventure for Zelda on a handheld system.
For the most part, all of the other Zelda related releases on the handhelds have been given a over the head style of gameplay. This is most likely paying homage to the original The Legend of Zelda that was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Not only is it paying an homage, it is probably also a lot easier to program for the limited controls that most of the handhelds have had. With the release of the Nintendo 3DS all this has changed. There is now an analog slider, 3D visuals, wider top screen, and of course the touch sensitive bottom screen. So what will the future handheld Zelda titles look like? Will they be traditional over the head? Or will they transition over to full 3D?
We personally love the over the head style of gameplay that has been used for the past 25 years. It is definitely nostalgic and it really feels like you're playing a true Zelda game. It was the style that was first introduced to the masses when the first game launched, and it is still around today, so something must be right. There are only some smaller changes that we would like to see changed, but other than that we feel that this gameplay is perfect and should stick around for the rest of time.
The latest handheld Zelda game, Ocarina of Time 3D, was a remake of the classic that debuted on the Nintendo 64. Though this game was a port/remake of the original, it has created something to talk about within the Zelda community. Was Nintendo trying to tell us something with this game's release? Is Nintendo going to make all future Zelda titles in 3D? If this is truly the case then we feel that many Zelda fans will have something to talk about for the years to come. If Zelda makes the 3D transition to handhelds as well, then what will happen to the 2D style of gameplay? Will it remain in the game, a la Super Mario 3D Land? Or will it just be lost forever?
What would you like to see in future Zelda games for the Nintendo handheld systems, in this case the Nintendo 3DS? Do you want to keep the old 2D style gameplay, or the 3D experience that we all know is possible? Do you want a new character design for Link, or do you still want the cartoon style Toon Link? Leave your comments down below, we would love to hear what you all think.