LOS ANGELES - 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.