Derrik J. Lang

The princess-rescuing adventurer Link is coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

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

Nintendo of America Inc. President Reggie Fils-Aime said the new Zelda game will 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 3-D follow-up will be released this year and feature a new story and levels, as well as play that allows sword-wielding Link ?to transform into a 2-D drawing.

“It fully utilizes the Nintendo 3DS,” Fils-Aime said. “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, 3-D, 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.