Sunday, January 2, 2011

25th Anniversary of Zelda: Speculations

Last year Nintendo celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. with red colored special editions of the Wii and the Nintendo DSi XL, as well as the Super Mario Allstars box for the Wii, though the latter one was rather disappointing with a mere Virtual Console game being released on a disc and some boring bonus material.

Still, you might wonder, if Nintendo plans to do something for Zelda as well. The original release date for the Famicon Disk System was at February 21st 1986. That date is close and nothing official has been announced yet. Of course all the celebration won't happen on the exact date and NES release date was more than a year later. Well, but we'll have quite some Zelda releases this year, including Ocarina of Time 3D, Link's Awakening DX for the Virtual Handheld and of course Skyward Sword. Any of this could be labeled under the 25th Anniversary banner, well maybe not Skyward Sword itself, since it would look like they made this game for the anniversary, which definitely isn't the case. But for example there could be a golden Wiimote bundled with the game in a 25th Anniversary package. Or aspecial 3DS bundle, a golden 3DS coming with Ocarina 3D and a preinstalled Link's Awakening DX, I would probably buy this. And this is probably one of the most likely things, if we get anything for the anniversary.

Well, I recall, that there was also some showcasing of a "3D" version of the original The Legend of Zelda game at one point. Just imagine that the dungeons have some depths to them and that the sprites are on different depth layers, something simple like that. This probably would be the perfect choice for the anniversary of this game. The game should stay the same of course, but the graphics would be sharper and in 3D. Additionally they could also add the levels from the first BS Zelda game as additional quests. So far Nintendo hasn't shown any interest in remaking any of the BS-X games. So far. One interesting news from the E3 2010, which I haven't covered here yet, was that Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow for the Nintendo DS will include remakes of the levels from BS Fire Emblen: Record of Akeneia Wars as a bonus. That's pretty amazing and the first time that Nintendo touches any of the BS-X content. And maybe it's not coincidence, maybe Nintendo heard all the curious fans, who want a remake of the BS Zelda games or BS games in general.

Whatever they'll do, Nintendo should know, that there's still quite some demand for and interest in the BS Zelda games. There's always a huge curiosity when it comes to Zelda, which is why some fans even play the CD-i games. The BS games were a hit on the BS-X system and if they were remade somewhen somehow every Zelda fan would definitely be interested.

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