Japan had a recent Nintendo Direct broadcast focused on the Wii U Miiverse, with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma addressing series fans. Most interestingly, he revealed that the concept of restructuring a 2D Zelda title into 3D has been something in the works at Nintendo since 2011.
He also noted that development progress is going well:
“The world of Hyrule has been reborn in a highly realistic stereoscopic vision, which will feature a new story and new puzzles to be solved. The development for the successor of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is going smoothly, so, please look forward to it!”
Hats off to Nintendo to keeping that huge secret under the lid all this time, without so much as a leak or accidental slip of the tongue. Miyamoto did say back in 2011 that the original A Link to the Past could be remade on 3DS, so it’s likely that the initial remake eventually turned into a sequel at some point during development – yesterday’s overworld comparison can support that theory!