Today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast wasn’t only about Animal Crossing and Professor Layton; we also got some new information on Nintendo’s upcoming Legend of Zelda games, both of which will be launching later this year!
First up are a few new details on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS followup to the SNES classic A Link to the Past, which will be released in North America this November. Iwata began by pointing out the black Triforce in the game’s logo, teasing that it signifies the existence of a second Triforce in an alternate world, presumably the one that Link will be traveling to on his journey. To access this other world, Link will have to transform into a drawing and slip between special cracks he finds in the faces of cliffs and other walls around his home world. Iwata also confirmed that the game will be set “many years” after the original title, and will star a completely new Link.
Iwata then touched briefly on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, the upcoming high-definition remake of the GameCube title, which will be hitting Wii U this October. Most notably, Iwata confirmed that Nintendo is tweaking some of the game’s more controversial aspects, tightening up the Triforce quest at the end of Link’s adventure, as well as making some adjustments to sailing and Wind Waker actions, both of which should be much smoother this time around.