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The rumor mill is churning about another Zelda rerelease on the 3DS, even before Majora’s Mask 3D is released in two days’ time.
According to Zelda Informer, fan-made site for everything pertaining to Nintendo’s much-beloved franchise, several GameStop employees around the US have spoken with a female rep for Nintendo of America claiming that the Big N is considering releasing this Wii and GameCube title for the New 3DS.

To be fair, GameStop sales associates have never been the most trusted source of gaming information, particularly when it comes to rumors. Hearing something from a possible source who heard something isn’t exactly something by which to set one’s wristwatch. But on the other side of fairness, these were the same sources who spoke with a Nintendo store representative (also female), who hinted strongly at the rumors for Majora’s Mask 3D long before it was formally announced in November 2014’s Nintendo Direct.

There is also some weight to the argument through other sources. In a recent interview with The Nikkei, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says their current aim is to release remakes of older titles for Nintendo’s New 3DS console, perhaps in the same way as Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as releasing titles already available on the booming mobile market. This has already been seen in the announcement of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D; we know that the New 3DS’ enhanced hardware is more than capable of rendering Wii games in 3D. Not to mention that the additional buttons on the new hardware makes games like Zelda, where one needs to access inventory (ideally) without delay, much more playable.

Time will tell if this is actually going to happen, but remakes are still all the rage in the gaming industry. There’s also the possibility of Twilight Princess being remade for the Wii U, what with The Wind Waker HD’s release in 2013.

Keep your pointy hats and Hylian shields on standby.


Adrian Winters

Adrian is a nerd and a Taco Bell connoisseur. He likes to listen to Rush, read books, play games, and generally enjoy life. He does so while living in Denver with his wife Bailey, their cats and bearded dragon.



  • Misogynerd

    Nintendo would be stupid not to release a New 3DS version of Twilight Princess. It’s not my favorite, but it sold pretty well and could do with plenty of improvements.

  • Yosharian

    WHY

    WHY CAN’T THESE GAMES BE RELEASED ON THE 3DS XL

  • DariusQ

    As someone who use to work at an EB Games, the rumours they generate are usually related to whatever interesting SKUs appear in their POS system. This is certainly not 100% confirmation of anything but the plausibility of these rumours is very high if someone actually spent the time to input the item into their inventory system.

  • goodguya

    Cuz camera.

  • Twilight Princess killed the Zelda series (Skyward Sword put the next nail in the coffin) for me.

    Please let this be false.

  • Cerxi

    Because the XL is essentially the same hardware but with a larger screen, while the New 3DS line is a new hardware generation. They can’t be RELEASED on the XL because they wouldn’t RUN on the XL.

  • SugarFreeTargets

    Would the new 3DS even be powerful enough to play gamecube games?

  • I personally loved Twilight Princess (piss-easy bosses asides), so I wouldn’t mind a portable remake of it. In all honesty, though, if this rumor turns out to be true, I’m more interested in what this could imply for Nintendo’s plans with the New 3DS. If the New 3DS can run games on the scale and complexity of Gamecube games and not be downtoned (and possibly even enhanced), then we could easily see a outbreak of Gamecube remakes. And if Nintendo makes it where you can buy a Gamecube game and play it between your Wii U and New 3DS? Hot damn!

  • Wonderkarp

    WiiU HD Remaster please with GC Controls please

  • NathanEH

    This is the way to go.

    Twilight Princess was, is, and will forever be unspeakably ugly to look at. It didn’t look good when it came out and it would be next to impossible to remaster with higher res textures thanks to the art direction. You can’t just redraw cartoon textures like The Wind Waker HD. Twilight Princess fits right home with the power levels of handheld gaming right now. I’m crazy cool with getting this “remaster” out of the way on New 3DS rather than Wii U, a treatment that I don’t believe the game in any way deserves.

    I really hope that Nintendo continues re-releasing Gamecube and Wii games for New 3DS. I’d play Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Super Mario Sunshine, Kirby Air Ride, and Chibi-Robo all over again. Even third party titles like Mega Man Network Transmission, The Conduit, Goldeneye Wii, Tales of Symphonia, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. I think the New 3DS could profit from great Gamecube and Wii games that the original 3DS can’t play.