The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past 2 for the 3DS will feature a suprising twist, says Eiji Aonuma

By James Dohnert , Updated Jun 07, 2013 11:54 AM EDT

The Zelda series has been around for 27 years. Nintendo launched the first title in the series for the NES in 1986. The game went on to create a slew of sequels, a television show and manga adaptations.

Eiji Aonuma has worked on the Zelda series for 15 years. He joined the series after working as a developer for the Nintendo 64 title The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In a recent interview with Edge Aonuma dished on what expect from his work on the next game in the Zelda series.

Aonuma says The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 will take place in the same world as the first Link to the Past game. He reports that the 3DS game will feature a big surprise early on. Aonuma doesn't go into much detail on ths suprise but says it will shock gamers.

"This new title will feature lots of things that are new to the series; right at the start of the game, there's a big surprise that will shock players. We started out with the new play mechanics, such as Link being able to become a painting and walk along the walls, and then figured out from there how to build a story around them," says Aonuma.

The game will also feature the re-introduction of the Dark World. By featuring the Dark World the sequel to A Link to the Past will share roots with its predecessor. The original A Link to the Past introduced the ability to travel between the Light and Dark World to solve puzzles.  Aonuma says that the ability to bring back that gameplay mechanic was one of the reasons he wanted to work on A Link to the Past 2.

"Part of what made A Link To The Past interesting was the way you could move between the Light World and the Dark World and solve puzzles, and we're planning to bring that back in A Link To The Past 2 for sure," added Aonuma.

He also tells Edge the 3DS game will run at 60fps to improve its 3D capabilities. While the higher framerate will improve 3D, Aonuma says 3D can be disabled based on player's preference.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 will be released this holiday season. It will come on the heels of Nintendo's re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons for the 3DS. Both titles were re-released for the 3DS last month.

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