When the 3DS was released Shigeru Miyamoto told Eiji Aonuma that he had this idea of using new hardware options in order to enchant the old gem A Link to the Past further. The goal was to make the two-dimensional game A Link to the Past into a game that could be playable in 3D by using the 3DS new feature.
“Using the 3D effect on Nintendo 3DS and making the two-dimensional A Link To The Past playable in 3D was kind of an assignment that Mr Miyamoto had given me after the release of Nintendo 3DS. However, I wanted to do more than just that. My main reason for wanting to do it was because this game is perfect for the part where Link turns into a drawing and moves along the walls.”– Eiji Aonuma
While the idea sounded very interesting to Eiji Aonuma, he wanted to do more than just that. His goals were bigger and the main reason why he started to work on the project A Link Between Worlds was, that he wanted to introduce us to new gameplay aspects that we had never seen before in a Zelda game. And we got plenty of those in A Link Between Worlds.
Link is able to turn into a drawing, move along the walls and see the world of Hyrule from a new point of view. At the same time we can tell that rupees are taking a bigger role in the game just as they did in Wind Waker HD. In the demo that was available to play at the PAX you found in almost every corner of the dungeon money, whether they were hidden in chests or just laying on the floor. We reported about this before: Rupees are no longer just for side-quests.
“The 3D effects are this title’s biggest addition in terms of the hardware’s performance and features. However, we have also introduced gameplay that never existed on previous Zelda games. Players who have become used to the series and who are expecting things to work a certain way will probably be very surprised, so I hope that they look forward to this.” – Eiji Aonuma
These are not all changes that had been made accordingly to Eiji Aonuma’s statement in the latest Official Nintendo Magazine, there are more gameplay changes about to be in the final game.