The Legend of Zelda celebrated its 35th anniversary on February 21, 2021, and many from all over the world shared incredible and moving memories of this beloved franchise. However, Nintendo itself was surprisingly quiet about Link's last birthday.
The Legend of Zelda was released for NES in Japan on February 21, 1986, and started a series that many consider one of the best in all video games. As its 35th anniversary approached, many expected a great celebration for The Legend of Zelda in the same way that Nintendo celebrated the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
Last Wednesday, for the first time since September 4, 2019, we were treated with a suitable Nintendo Direct. Many hoped and dreamed, especially with this taking place just four days before Zelda's 35th birthday, that we would hear about Nintendo's plans to celebrate those who call Hyrule home.
Although we got the exciting revelation that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and the Joy-Con theme will be released on the Switch on July 16, the only other great Zelda news we received was an update for Breath of the Wild 2 is expected to arrive later this year and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will receive expansion approval.
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Nintendo's social feeds did not mention The Legend of Zelda's 35th birthday on Sunday, February 21, although this is not particularly unusual for the company. To put it in context, although Nintendo also did not celebrate Metroid's 30th anniversary on Twitter in 2016, it celebrated the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. on Twitter on the actual date.
However, that hasn't stopped many, including those from IGN (and me!), From sharing wonderful memories of how much Link, Zelda and Hyrule mean to them.
Happy 35th, The Legend of Zelda, my favorite game series of all time! This opening was held at E3 2011 for the 25th anniversary. It says a lot that the best game in the series had not yet been imagined at that time. I can't wait to see what's coming! https://t.co/7ndZ2xbqp3
– Peer Schneider (@PeerIGN) February 21, 2021
– Gene Park (@GenePark) 21 February, 2021
Now, it is very important to remember that we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and that the plans have obviously been affected by it. Another important thing / date to consider is March 31, 2021. This seems to be the date that ends the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. This will also be the time when Super Mario 3D All-Stars will apparently be removed from the Nintendo eShop and when Super Mario Bros. 35 become impossible to play.
It may very well be that Nintendo is waiting for Mario's party to end before joining one for The Legend of Zelda. That said, it should also be mentioned that 2021 is Metroid's 35th anniversary and the already provoked 25th anniversary of Pokémon, which falls on February 27, 2021. Will we have a Nintendo Direct themed to celebrate Pokémon this week? Will we hear more about the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4 this year? Only time will tell.
If we look at Nintendo's past, it didn't always celebrate a franchise's anniversary on the exact date. For example, The Legend of Zelda's 30th anniversary was not fully revealed until about September 2016, when it was revealed that Zelda amiibo special was on the way and that Skyward Sword was available on Wii U eShop.
While we may not yet know all of Nintendo's plans, or if we have already seen them, The Legend of Zelda is obviously very important to them and continues to be, given the anticipation of the Breath of the Wild sequel. But for now, everyone is celebrating The Legend of Zelda’s significant anniversary and we hope to celebrate another 35 years and beyond.
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