However, this didn’t stop many, including those at IGN (and me!), From sharing wonderful memories of how much Link, Zelda, and Hyrule mean to them.
Happy 35th, The Legend of Zelda, my all-time favorite game series! This overture was made at E3 2011 for the 25th anniversary. It says a lot that the best game in the series wasn’t even dreamed of back then. Can’t wait to see what’s next! https://t.co/7ndZ2xbqp3
– Peer Schneider (@PeerIGN) February 21, 2021
– Gene Park (@GenePark) February 21, 2021
Now, it is very important to remember that we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and that obviously the plans have been affected by it. Another important thing / date to consider is March 31, 2021. This appears to be the date that the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary celebration will come to an end. This will also be the time when Super Mario 3D All-Stars will seemingly be removed from the Nintendo eShop and when Super Mario Bros. 35 becomes unplayable.It’s quite possible that Nintendo is waiting for Mario’s party to end before jumping into one for The Legend of Zelda. That said, it should also be mentioned that 2021 is the 35th anniversary of Metroid and the already announced 25th anniversary of Pokémon, which falls on February 27, 2021. Will we have a themed Nintendo Direct 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 hasn’t always celebrated a franchise’s anniversary on the exact date. For example, the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda wasn’t fully disclosed until September 2016, when it was revealed that special Zelda amiibo were on the way and that Skyward Sword was available on the Wii U eShop.
While we may not know Nintendo’s full plans just yet, or if we’ve already seen them, The Legend of Zelda is obviously very important to them, and still is, 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 look forward to celebrating 35 more years and more.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.