Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma spoke with Game Informer about the possibility of taking 2D Zelda games and bringing them to the Switch.
As the Switch is not backwards-compatible, getting ports of older games would go a long way to satisfy many a Nintendo fan. Its also one of the many ways to combine the Switch with handheld titles like those seen on the 3DS.
Anouma insisted that handheld gaming would not be leaving Nintendo and they would continue to make games specifically for handheld use. The Switch just allows them to combine that with more typical home console games.
When Game Informer asked if the 3DS Zelda teams were working on a new game for the Switch, Anouma replied, “Yes, there is definitely a possibility.”
He later went on to clarify, “There are definitely good things about the 2D world and the playstyles of the 2D world. There are a lot of fans who enjoy that style. This Nintendo Switch style, which is the evolved style of gameplay is not necessarily… I want you to think of it more as an evolved style of 2D style. For the 3DS team, I am trying to make them think in a more evolved 2D-style approach.”
While we haven’t gotten a confirmation that older Zelda titles or even more handheld titles like A Link Between Worlds will come to the Switch, we just might be getting some handheld/console crossover projects. Which could be very interesting and dovetails nicely with what excites game director Hideo Kojima about the console.