Zelda 35th anniversary

Nintendo’s beloved Zelda franchise is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with Skyward Sword HD. The 2011 Wii game is the first in the timeline, establishing important lore that stretches throughout the franchise’s history. Many hoped that Nintendo would follow it up with more Zelda reveals for Switch, drawing from their library of 3D titles. Wind Waker and Twilight Princess already exist in HD even! However, Nintendo has no such plans.

Sorry, but we’re not getting a Zelda equivalent to Super Mario 3D All-Stars anytime soon. After showing off Skyward Sword HD and a Zelda Game & Watch, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma had this to say about the 35th anniversary.

This year the original Legend of Zelda game reaches its 35th anniversary. While we don’t have any campaigns or other Nintendo Switch games planned, we’ve been working on this Game & Watch system to help mark the occasion and reflect fondly on the earliest days of The Legend of Zelda.

It looks like those HD remasters will be staying exclusive to Wii U for now. It would have been nice to see a little more fanfare for Zelda‘s 35th anniversary, but Nintendo’s in no rush to bring most of its old library to Switch. The Zelda Game & Watch is a cool collectible, and Skyward Sword HD will no doubt reach many first-time players. And it may not fall on a special anniversary, but the sequel to Breath of the Wild gives us something to look forward to next year.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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