Another year went by and while we have a big year for Zelda ahead of us with the 30th Anniversary, this year wasn't too bad either. We got one new remake, one new multiplayer game and some more DLC. And all of it had one constant: Fierce Deity Link was in it. Ever since I first played Majora's Mask 15 years ago I was fascinated by this dark being and hoping that we would be able to play as the Fierce Deity again at some point.
Hyrule Warriors then made my wish come true first with its Majora's Mask DLC early in the year. The remake Majora's Mask 3D would follow, though I was not happy that Fierce Deity Link went from a boss killer to a fisher in this game. You can't easily kill Gyorg with him anymore, but they let you catch other fish instead... oh well.
Then Tri Force Heroes came out of nowhere. Well, I personally was hoping for an online Four Swords game to happen and I got my wish. And one of my favorite features of the game are the outfits, which feel like a perfect hybrid of the masks from Majora's Mask and the Magic Rings from Oracle of Ages & Seasons. The first update of the game then provided us with a nice Fierce Deity costume, which is pretty badass.
Needless to say that many Sword Beams were fired in the year 2015...
One year ago I had in mind that this year would give us Zelda U and next year we would see the next multiplayer Zelda on 3DS. These roles got switched and I'm not unhappy with it. Since I moved recently the 3DS is my preferred gaming system right now and Zelda U certainly feels like a better fit for the big 30th Anniversary of the franchise, similar to how Skyward Sword got released during the 25th Anniversary.
And until we get the next big Zelda game, Nintendo will keep us busy. This is what we can certainly expect in 2016:
- More Tri Force Heroes Content
- Twilight Princess HD
- Hyrule Warriors Legends
- The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
There might also be some more re-releases, e.g. Skyward Sword on the Wii U eShop, Majora's Mask on the Wii U Virtual Console or even the Four Swords Anniversary Edition. And who knows... we might see Linkle's Crossbow Training happening, hehe. But overall 2016 will be a busy year for Zelda fans!
Happy New Year, everyone!