There is a simple solution to Zelda’s problem. Since Nintendo will not make the Zelda we want, they should make Zelda All-Stars.
Zelda All-Stars would include:
Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: Adventure of Link
Link to the Past
…and maybe some of the GBA Zelda games like the Capcom ones (Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Minish Cap)
On this disc, the Zelda games will have been updated graphically and in sound. They would be HD.
The music would go from this…
Nintendo has these sound assets already. It would cost Nintendo nothing to do that.
Aside from using modern graphics, being HD, having updated aural effects, the gameplay would remain the same. Areas would be cleaned up though. The stupid ‘touch bubble and fall through bottom-less pit’ in Zelda could be re-worked. Adding infinite lives would be fine in Zelda 2 as an option. Adding in-game mapping to Zelda 2 (as is done in other Zeldas and Super Metroid) would be welcome. The included maps and tips that came with the manuals should be put into the digital game itself.
Now here is where it gets interesting. Legend of Zelda has two quests on it. Those would be retained. However, newcomers can start on The Third Quest. The Third Quest uses newer items later developed in the Zelda series. Perhaps a ‘Zelda Maker’ is included so people can design their own Zelda experiences and share them.
Zelda 2 could have a ‘Second Quest’ that can be chosen at the start.
Link to the Past could have a ‘Second Quest’ that can be chosen at the start.
Those would be the big three ones and why they need an additional quest. (Link’s Awakening shares gameplay of all three.)
Nintendo could sell additional quests through DLC. It would sell.
If such a game was made, it would sell out very fast. It won’t be putting out Call of Duty or Minecraft numbers, but it would consistently keep selling for DECADES.
If Nintendo and Aonuma were really serious about continuing the ‘spiritual tradition’ of Classic Zelda, then they should just re-release a remastered version of the games and spare us the titillating nonsense that goes on with each new Zelda game. Aonuma has failed to capture the magic of Classic Zelda. The only solution is to put out the remastered version and see how it sells.
Did not GBA versions of 2d Mario and 2d Mario on the VC massive sales herald the NSMB juggernaut? If Zelda All-Stars sells well, this hints at another potential juggernaut. If it doesn’t, then Nintendo has lost little money and made a game that would be in hot collector’s item for decades. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Above: Zelda was remade in 16-bit with BS-Zelda. You could even choose your hero’s gender. Nothing suggested in this post is unprecedented.