No, not Link exploring the Mushroom Kingdom, I mean a sort of compilation of the first few games in the Legend of Zelda series with new graphics, music, better save system and various additional features like the ones added by the Super Mario Advance series to Mario games.
We’ve had it a ton with the Mario series (Super Mario All Stars, Super Mario Bros DX, Super Mario Advance series and Super Mario 64 DS). We’ve had it a few times with the Kirby series (Nightmare in Dream Land and Super Star Ultra) and with the Pokemon series (Fire Red/Leaf Green and Heart Gold/Soul Silver), but we’ve never really a proper Legend of Zelda version. Sure there was the Link to the Past rerelease for GBA which added a dungeon and Four Swords, but that’s a seperate game being included free and the general structure of the original being left intact. There was Ocarina of Time 3D and its improvements (only one game) and those Japan only BS Legend of Zelda games:
Unfortunately, because the Satellaview was pretty much a complete failure, the games never left Japan and most of the interesting features are now lost to the ages due to the satellite thing being shut down. Not to mention, it had a few awkward changes that probably shouldn’t be included in a Zelda remake (not being able to save mid session being one of them).
So what kind of features should be included? Well first and foremost, they should entirely update/redo the graphics for them. Link to the Past looks okay (although it could be made to look even better nowadays), but the original two games really are dying for a proper makeover, since they’ve dated to the point a lot of the atmosphere they had in the NES days isn’t really there any more, especially for younger gamers.
Above: A fantastic game, but imagine how awesome a 3DS or even downloadable remake would be with the graphics brought up to modern standards!
So ideally, I’d like to see the games remade to look like they would if they were made for the 3DS today. Still top down with the same general gameplay and world design, just with graphics of an even better quality than the Minish Cap and DS Zelda titles. I mean, it worked wonders for Mario:
It’d be really interesting to see a modern take on Zelda 2 as well, since that game never even got a remake on the Satellaview as far as I recall, and has never been remade with modern looking graphics and music.
The music could also be improved like it was in Super Mario All Stars and the various other Nintendo remakes. Does the music in the later versions sound better or have the charm of the originals? Up for debate apparently, but you have to admit the remixed music does often sound pretty cool.
Of course, all the music above comes from GBA era games, imagine how awesome it’d be if a Zelda version of Mario All Stars actually orchestrated the music from the original Legend of Zelda games! Remember this remix of the original game’s title screen music from Super Smash Bros Brawl?
Imagine if they redone the entire soundtrack to that quality. Then did the same for Zelda 2 and Link to the Past, and maybe various other games.
But nowadays, a remake of purely the graphics and music isn’t exactly the greatest idea ever. However, imagine if as well as redoing the graphics and music, they also added various other features and additions like they did the Super Mario Advance series and Kirby Supr Star Ultra!
We could have the additional events and gimmicks from the Satellaview games.
Perhaps even some difficult additional dungeons like the ones in the Four Swords Anniversary Edition game. You know how we had the Hero’s Trial and how it was the most difficult dungeon in much of Legend of Zelda history? Imagine if the other games had something like this as well to really test people who’ve mastered the original. Link to the Past could get the Palace of the Four Sword found in the GBA version (and perhaps have it unlocked only if you’ve beaten the free anniversary edition of Four Swords available on the eShop). Maybe the others could get things like a boss rush too like in Ocarina of Time 3D and Skyward Sword complete with records and it saving your best time.
There would also be the usual bug fixes and things to remove any places where you can get stuck forever due to using items in the wrong order or the game messing up. Like what they did with Link’s Awakening DX and the Super Mario All Stars series to avoid you get trapped due to opening the wrong door with a certain key.
Obviously some 3D would be used, albeit tastefully in a way similar to how its used in the 3D classics series.
Heck, maybe even throw it a second quest/Master Quest for the second and third games, since only the original had one. Of course, since it’s always been annoying how the original sent you straight to the second quest after the final boss, hopefully Nintendo would change this so you choose what save file is used for it. So if you want your first quest data on file 1 and your second quest data on file 2, that should be possible. Just like how it worked once you beat the Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker.
They can then bring back some of the minor changes from Master Quest, like having enemies do double damage.
So yeah, forget a Link to the Past remake or Majora’s Mask 3D, I’d ideally want a Super Mario All Stars style remake/compilation of the first few games in the Zelda series with various additions and remade graphics and music on 3DS. It’d be a great introduction to the NES era games for the people who grew up playing Ocarina of Time or onwards as well, don’t you think?
Does anyone else think this is a good idea?