The Legend of Zelda celebrated its thirty fifth anniversary on February 21, 2021, and lots of from internationally shared unbelievable and heartwarming reminiscences of this beloved franchise. Nonetheless, Nintendo itself was surprisingly quiet about Hyperlink’s newest birthday.
The Legend of Zelda launched on the NES in Japan on February 21, 1986, and it started a collection that many regard as top-of-the-line in all of video video games. As its thirty fifth anniversary drew nearer, many anticipated an enormous celebration for The Legend of Zelda in the identical means that Nintendo celebrated Tremendous Mario Bros. thirty fifth anniversary.
Final Wednesday, for the primary time since September 4, 2019, we had been handled to a correct Nintendo Direct. Many hoped and dreamed, particularly with it occurring simply 4 days earlier than Zelda’s thirty fifth anniversary, that we might hear of Nintendo’s plans to have a good time those that name Hyrule house.
Whereas we did get the thrilling reveal that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and themed Pleasure-Con might be launched on the Change on July 16, the one different large Zelda information we obtained was that an replace for Breath of the Wild 2 will hopefully arrive later this yr and that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity might be getting an growth go.
Nintendo’s social feeds made no point out of The Legend of Zelda’s thirty fifth anniversary on Sunday, February 21, although that is not significantly uncommon for the corporate. For context, whereas Nintendo additionally didn’t have a good time Metroid’s thirtieth Anniversary on Twitter in 2016, it did celebrate Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary on Twitter on the precise date.
Nonetheless, this did not cease so many, together with these from IGN (and me!), from sharing fantastic reminiscences of how a lot Hyperlink, Zelda, and Hyrule imply to them.
Pleased thirty fifth, The Legend of Zelda, my favourite sport collection of all time! This overture was carried out at E3 2011 for the twenty fifth anniversary. It speaks volumes that the very best sport within the collection hadn’t even been dreamed up again then. Cannot wait to see what’s subsequent! https://t.co/7ndZ2xbqp3
— Peer Schneider (@PeerIGN) February 21, 2021
— Gene Park (@GenePark) February 21, 2021
Now, it is essential to do not forget that we’re nonetheless in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and that plans have clearly been impacted by it. One other essential factor/date to contemplate is March 31, 2021. This seems to be the date that the Tremendous Mario Bros. thirty fifth anniversary celebration will come to a detailed. This may even be the time that Tremendous Mario 3D All-Stars will seemingly be faraway from the Nintendo eShop and when Tremendous Mario Bros. 35 turns into unplayable.
It could very effectively be that Nintendo is ready for Mario’s celebration to finish earlier than leaping into one for The Legend of Zelda. That being mentioned, it must also be talked about that 2021 is the thirty fifth anniversary of Metroid and the already teased twenty fifth anniversary of Pokemon, which falls on February 27, 2021. Will we get a themed Nintendo Direct to have a good time Pokemon this week? Will we hear extra of the much-anticipated Metroid Prime 4 this yr? Solely time will inform.
If we take a look at Nintendo’s previous, it hasn’t at all times celebrated a franchise’s anniversary on the precise date. For instance, The Legend of Zelda’s thirtieth anniversary wasn’t totally unveiled till round September 2016, when it was revealed that particular Zelda amiibo had been on the best way and that Skyward Sword was obtainable on the Wii U eShop.
Whereas we might but not know Nintendo’s full plans, or whether or not we have seen them already, The Legend of Zelda is clearly essential to them and stays so, given the anticipation for Breath of the Wild’s sequel. However for now, everyone seems to be celebrating The Legend of Zelda’s significant anniversary, and we hope to have a good time 35 extra years and past.
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