June 15, 2011

The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary

As you all should know by now, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of our beloved "The Legend of Zelda" franchise. It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since we first roamed around the fields of Hyrule with our sword and shield to save Princess Zelda for the first time. With an amazing anniversary comes an amazing celebration, and just like with Mario's anniversary, Nintendo is not going to disappoint. 

While we were at Nintendo's E3 Press Conference this year, we learned a lot of things that Nintendo plans for this 25th anniversary celebration. For starters, ALL Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS owners will get a free downloadable copy of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords this September. It has been confirmed that we will be getting the GBA version as opposed to the version that was later released for the Gamecube. Secondly, for the few and lucky Nintendo 3DS owners, you all have the chance to download one of the first titles to appear in the Nintendo eShop, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past! I have yet to get my Nintendo 3DS, but I for sure will be making that purchase when I get the chance to. And finally, Nintendo announced that they will be releasing a soundtrack filled with amazing music from the Zelda series, kind of like what they released with Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii, but this time much much better.

Another game that they talked about during their press conference was the soon to be released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. We all knew about this game, but no one complains when we get to see more and more of "the best game of all time". This game, which I believe is the reason why so many people will go out and buy a Nintendo 3DS (I know that I will be one of those :P), is a 3D remake of the Nintendo 64 classic. This has to be one of the best remake games that I have ever seen. I got to play the full game in our hotel room with ZeldaUniverseTV, and let me tell you, if you haven't played it by now you will be surprised at how good it is! It is screen for screen just like the original, except this time it has amazing graphics and you could experience it all in 3D! The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D hits store shelves this week on June 19th here in North America, so go out and get your copy!

And last but not least, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The most anticipated game the Wii has ever seen. This will be the first and probably last Zelda game for the Wii, we don't count Twilight Princess because it was a port of the Gamecube version. As the year goes on we keep getting more and more information on this beautiful game. I got to play it at Nintendo's showroom booths, and I was truly blown away. I can't wait for this game to launch, and I'm just counting down the days. There is still no official release date, but when do we ever get one from Nintendo on Zelda titles? Nintendo did say however that it will indeed launch for the Wii this holiday season, so now all we do is wait. The Wii motion plus seemed to be a problem, but that was probably due to the large amount of people that were playing the game. By now you must have read a lot on the game, as have we, but we just wanted to give you our two cents on the title. With all that being said, this is looking like a "must have" for any Zelda fan alive.

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