'The Legend of Zelda' game coming to Nintendo 3DS

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FILE - This June 5, 2012 publicity photo provided by Nintendo shows Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's President and Chief Operating Officer, speaking onstage at the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3, in Los Angeles. The loveable green-skinned critter Yoshi and princess-rescuing adventurer Link and are coming the Nintendo 3DS. The Japanese gaming giant announced plans Wednesday, April 17, 2013, to bring “Yoshi’s Island,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Mario Party” games to its handheld gaming system. (AP Photo/Nintendo, Vince Bucci)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The princess-rescuing adventurer Link is coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

The Japanese gaming giant announced plans Wednesday to bring a new "The Legend of Zelda" installment to its hand-held gaming system.

Nintendo of America Inc. president Reggie Fils-Aime said Tuesday that the new "Zelda" game would be set in the world of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past," which was originally released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo console.

The as-yet-untitled 3D follow-up will be released later this year and feature a new story and levels, as well as gameplay that allows sword-wielding Link to transform into a 2D drawing.

"It fully utilizes the Nintendo 3DS," said Fils-Aime. "It gives the game a sense of depth, and this puzzle-solving mechanic of being able to launch into a wall and navigate through walls to get into places that Link wouldn't normally be able to get into is exceptionally fresh."

It will mark the first all-new game starring Link for the glasses-free 3D hand-held device.

Other games announced coming to the 3DS include new "Yoshi's Island" and "Mario Party" titles.

Fils-Aime said more than 20 million 3DS games have been sold since the device debuted in 2011.

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