Jun 7, 2011

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E3: Celebrating 25 Years of Zelda

E3: Celebrating 25 Years of Zelda

Nintendo launched their morning press conference with something a bit unexpected and slightly non-traditional: an orchestra.  While the orchestra played sweeping melodies from 25 years of Zelda music, the screen showed the progression of the games, from the first Legend of Zelda on NES, all the way to Skyward Sword.  Although fans were disappointed that no “25th Anniversary Collection” was revealed, Nintendo don’t plan on letting Link and his legacy go without fanfare.

Starting today, Link’s Awakening will become the first GBC game for 3DS’s Virtual Console, and should be available around the world by day’s end.  Of course, next week is the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for 3DS (look for our review soon), which features a new hint mode, boss challenge mode, and the Master Quest in addition to the regular game.  The real celebration comes with the revelation that Four Swords will be available as a free download via DSiWare, so fans can enjoy some great Zelda multiplayer action.

Skyward Sword was also confirmed for this Holiday (no, it hasn’t been pushed back to 2012!), and a special limited edition Gold Wii Remote Plus will be available when the game launches; however, it wasn’t specified if this would be bundled or not (I would assume it will be).  Supposedly the game promises to be  “the most satisfying Zelda experience of any game in the series.”

If that isn’t enough, Nintendo will also be hosting Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concerts around the world in the fall; more announcements will come about specific dates, locations, etc., although each region will have at least one.  To continue celebrating the music of the franchise, Nintendo is preparing two CDs.  The first one, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Official Soundtrack will be a gift to the the first gamers who register their copy of LoZ:OoT 3D via Club Nintendo (although how limited this offer is wasn’t specified). The second CD is based on the 25th anniversary concerts and will be released around the time that Skyward Sword hits stores.  In addition, Nintendo are also planning many other things to celebrate, which will be revealed later.

An amazing looking Zelda game was shown off during some of the Wii U demo videos, but no new games were revealed at this time.  Still, it looks like a promising year for Zelda fans.