We all love how Breath of the Wild is looking so far, and their break from the regular conventions of a traditional Zelda game is a fresh breath of air for the series, but according to Aonuma, a return to the more traditional Zelda — a 2D Zelda — is definitely a possibility for the next Zelda Switch game.
In an interview with Game Informer, a question regarding the 3DS Zelda team possibly working on the next console Zelda game was brought up, and Aonuma said “there [was] definitely a possibility.” He expands on this topic, commenting on how the 3DS team will continue to operate; it will not be relegated to a minor status or importance due to the Switch’s portable capabilities. “The handheld development team will not be phased out because of Nintendo Switch. Switch will allow the users to bring their home console on the go, but this doesn’t mean handheld game development like Nintendo 3DS will be discontinued.”
He continues, saying that “there are definitely good things about the 2D world and the playstyles of the 2D world. There are a lot of fans who enjoy that style. This Nintendo Switch style, which is the evolved style of gameplay is not necessarily… I want you to think of it more as an evolved style of 2D style. For the 3DS team, I am trying to make them think in a more evolved 2D-style approach.”
As a fan of Four Swords Adventures for the Gamecube, a 2D Zelda game for a console seems like an exciting idea. Perhaps with the local wireless play that the Switch offers, a new Four Swords story can be made for the newest Nintendo console.