While Mario's tendency to get shoe-horned into all Nintendo's sports titles has seen the jolly fat one fall from grace, Zelda's a name that still has the power to make fans dribble in sheer uncontrollable anticipation. Now, while Twilight Princess lingers in extended development time, series producer Eiji Aonuma has spilled some new details on the Link's upcoming DS debut.
In an interview with EGM, Aonuma has explained that the dual-screen handheld's Zelda game will be an entirely new experience for fans of the franchise, offering a brand new method of control and enabling gamers to view proceedings from a whole new perspective.

In fact, he said it just like this: "What I can tell you is that it's going to use the touch screen for a very unique control system that people have never experienced in a Zelda game before. I think one of the important elements of the Zelda series has always been that you feel like you're in the world doing the things that Link is doing and touching the things that Link is touching. This time you'll be able to use the touch screen and actually touch those items and objects yourself."
Quite what all that means is anybody's guess at the moment, but we can't quite shake the feeling that we might just be looking at some sort of first-person Zelda trickery, where you'll roam Hyrule looking through Link's eyes and manipulate your surroundings using the stylus. Of course, we might be entirely wrong here, but we've been wondering if this is the direction Aonuma intends to take the series ever since Miyamoto announced that Twilight Princess would be the last outing for Zelda as we know it.

With Nintendo's Revolution video suggesting the new controller can be used as a virtual sword, it wasn't too much of a jump to imagine we'll be seeing this kind of gameplay mechanic crop up in the green-clad elf's next-gen outing. Which would give Nintendo all the more reason to bring both console and handheld version into line.

Of course, all this is rampant speculation at the moment, but then it's Friday afternoon, we're full of pie and our brains are in a twirl. Wanna make something of it?