Nintendo’s favourite game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, has been speaking with The Guardian about the future of the company and its games. One question arose regarding the adaptation of older Nintendo games to the 3DS since Ocarina of Time and Starfox 64 are receiving a three-dimensional lick of paint. His response was a little puzzling as it was a straight ‘no’: “Not really,” he said. “We would like to create more new titles. For example, this year we are making Super Mario 3D, but it’s not really a remake of [the Wii’s Super Mario] Galaxy. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past could be one of them. I think it would be good to see that world with a layered 3D effect.”
It’s great to see a company who are becoming famed for re-releasing experiences prefer to create something new rather than games we’ve all played before. I’m not knocking them it has to be said, I’ll jump on the next Mario Kart and Zelda game whenever they come out but Nintendo are very good at re-packaging older titles with new additions for a new market. What puzzles me slightly is how come the end of May when the eShop launches for the 3DS, a free, 3D updated version of ExciteBike will be included sparking the beginning of the 3D Classics Virtual Console? Maybe what Miyamoto is suggesting that Nintendo aren’t going to be completely remaking older games with the same level of polish as Ocarina of Time. That has had almost every asset re-made for the 3DS whereas ExciteBike and presumably the other 3D Classics are only having a layered 3D effect added. I say ‘only’ but am stoked at the chance to play a much-loved game of my youth in 3D.
Although Miyamoto’s comments sounded rather final, I would imagine if the audience demanded it, Nintendo could be persuaded to re-make a few of their hits from yesteryear. Miyamoto did mention The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past in his quote. One avid fan has gone so far as to create stereoscopic 3D images (via MyNintendoNews) using classic GameCube and Wii titles and the result ranges from good to stunning. Viewed via the 3DS (by downloading the images and copying them to an SD Card) games like F-Zero and Super Smash Bros Brawl show the potential for some truly great throwbacks without all the effort of re-doing every asset. But of course with E3 around the corner, who knows what Nintendo will show – other than Project Cafe. After skipping the Wii, F-Zero could very well make a comeback in the form of a brand new game on the young handheld. Well, here’s hoping eh?