In an interview for their Breath of the Wild cover story, Game Informer asked Eiji Aonuma about the 3DS 2D Zelda games.
He was asked if Nintendo has considered merging the Breath of the Wild dev team with the team that handles the 2D Zelda titles on 3DS:
“The dev pace is not really dependent on how many people are on a team, so combining them would not necessarily expedite the development pace. The 3DS team and the Wii U team have different approaches to game development, so I don’t necessarily want to combine them and have them think together, but rather have each think about what they can bring to Nintendo Switch from their own perspective.”
“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.”
They asked him point-blank if a new 2D Zelda made by the 3DS team was a possibility:
|“Yes, there is definitely a possibility.”|
I did bring this up as something Nintendo could do with the series after Breath of the Wild.
Lastly he added this about “evolving” the 2D-style of Zelda:
|“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.”|