During a question and answer session with investors Shigeru Miyamoto has hinted that there may be a new entry in the series being developed for the 3DS. As well as discussing how the company was hoping to evolve the franchise to include new gameplay and more open world experiences, he talked about how Nintendo were working on other The Legend of Zelda things on the handheld system. Speaking to investors, he said: “In addition to that, we have ideas for Nintendo 3DS which we have not announced yet, so I hope you will look forward to them.”
The only The Legend of Zelda game currently available on the Nintendo 3DS is the spiritual successor to the 1992 game A Link to the Past. The latest instalment, A Link Between Worlds, was very similar to the early SNES game. It featured top-down gameplay and a story set in the same world as A Link to the Past, featuring the ability to travel between the dark and light worlds. The 3DS game also featured a number of new gameplay features that had not been previously used in The Legend of Zelda series. This included the ability to rent items from a store rather than having to find them in chests, allowing players to tackle dungeons as they pleased rather than in set fashion. It also featured the ability to merge into walls as a painting and travel through normally inaccessible areas.
We will be seeing at least one new title in the franchise next year. Nintendo revealed at E3 that a new instalment in the franchise would be arriving on the Wii U in 2015. It is being produced by Eiji Aonuma, who also produced Skyword Sword, and the developer has spoken about his desire to modernise the gameplay in the series and introduce further elements, just like in A Link Between Worlds. The trailer shown at E3 showed Link being chased by a laser-shooting enemy through a beautifully rendered environment. No specific release date or plot details have been given about the title so far.