Nintendo originally considered multiple parallel worlds for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

What could have been

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past features link going back and forth between the Light and Dark worlds. The mechanic was pretty surprising back in the day, but in an interview with Kotaku, we learn Nintendo originally had greater plans.

According to Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe, the first idea was to include multiple parallel worlds to explore. Check out Tanabe's comment on the mechanic below.

“When that happens, I try not to cling to that initial idea too much. For example, this is when I was working on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. At first, we were thinking about structuring the game with numerous parallel worlds. However, in order to establish the gameplay in the end, we decided that it would be better to narrow it down to two worlds: Light and Dark. I think game development involves much work where you never know unless you actually test it out.”


Wed Feb 05 20 06:12pm
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I clicked on the ALttP tag and the next story is a different translation of this same interview from 3 years ago.

Not a bad, make a new game from this. Id still love a 2d top down zelda.

It would be a crime not to follow up ALBW. What a game. I'm okay with them kind of taking a breather between entries though. Makes it more special when it happens. We'll get another top-down style game eventually.

Hopefully we get a new top down Zelda game. Somehow top down Zelda is better than 3d Zelda.


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