The Legend of Zelda celebrated its 35th anniversary on February 21, 2021, and lots of from the world over shared unbelievable and heartwarming reminiscences of this beloved franchise. Nevertheless, Nintendo itself was surprisingly quiet about Hyperlink’s newest birthday.The Legend of Zelda launched on the NES in Japan on February 21, 1986, and it started a collection that many regard as among the finest in all of video video games. As its 35th anniversary drew nearer, many anticipated a giant celebration for The Legend of Zelda in the identical approach that Nintendo celebrated Tremendous Mario Bros. 35th anniversary.Final Wednesday, for the primary time since September 4, 2019, we have been handled to a correct Nintendo Direct. Many hoped and dreamed, particularly with it occurring simply 4 days earlier than Zelda’s 35th anniversary, that we’d hear of Nintendo’s plans to have fun those that name Hyrule dwelling.Whereas we did get the thrilling reveal that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and themed Pleasure-Con can be launched on the Swap on July 16, the one different massive Zelda information we obtained was that an replace for Breath of the Wild 2 will hopefully arrive later this 12 months and that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity can be getting an growth move.

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Nintendo’s social feeds made no point out of The Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary on Sunday, February 21, although that is not significantly uncommon for the corporate. For context, whereas Nintendo additionally didn’t have fun Metroid’s thirtieth Anniversary on Twitter in 2016, it did celebrate Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary on Twitter on the precise date.

Nevertheless, this did not cease so many, together with these from IGN (and me!), from sharing fantastic reminiscences of how a lot Hyperlink, Zelda, and Hyrule imply to them.

Now, it is crucial to do not forget that we’re nonetheless in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and that plans have clearly been impacted by it. One other vital factor/date to contemplate is March 31, 2021. This seems to be the date that the Tremendous Mario Bros. 35th anniversary celebration will come to a detailed. This will even be the time that Tremendous Mario 3D All-Stars will seemingly be faraway from the Nintendo eShop and when Tremendous Mario Bros. 35 turns into unplayable.It might very properly be that Nintendo is ready for Mario’s social gathering to finish earlier than leaping into one for The Legend of Zelda. That being mentioned, it also needs to be talked about that 2021 is the 35th anniversary of Metroid and the already teased twenty fifth anniversary of Pokemon, which falls on February 27, 2021. Will we get a themed Nintendo Direct to have fun Pokemon this week? Will we hear extra of the much-anticipated Metroid Prime 4 this 12 months? Solely time will inform.

If we have a look at Nintendo’s previous, it hasn’t at all times celebrated a franchise’s anniversary on the precise date. For instance, The Legend of Zelda’s thirtieth anniversary wasn’t totally unveiled till round September 2016, when it was revealed that particular Zelda amiibo have been on the best way and that Skyward Sword was accessible on the Wii U eShop.

Whereas we might but not know Nintendo’s full plans, or whether or not we have seen them already, The Legend of Zelda is clearly crucial to them and stays so, given the anticipation for Breath of the Wild’s sequel. However for now, everyone seems to be celebrating The Legend of Zelda’s significant anniversary, and we hope to have fun 35 extra years and past.

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Adam Bankhurst is a information author for IGN. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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