Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reggie about the 25th Anniversary of Zelda


Two things here. Reggie says they will celebrate the Zelda Anniversary in a different way from how they celebrated the Mario Anniversary last year. Also, it's supposed to be something special.

Well, what did Nintendo to celebrate the 25th Super Mario Bros. Anniversary? They released special red versions of the Wii and the Nintendo DSi XL bundled with New Super Mario Bros. each and with a preinstalled copy of Donkey Kong on the Wii. Additionally they re-released Super Mario Allstars on the Wii together with a booklet and a soundtrack CD, overall a cheap effort, but nonetheless sold out after a short time. And there was lots of general coverage of the Anniversary like videos featuring the whole Mario series, a special edition of Iwata Asks, a Flip Note gallery, wallpapers and so on.

So, the Zelda Anniversay is going to be different from that? Well, you can rule out something similar to Allstars. The only thing that comes close would be a re-release of the Zelda Collector's Edition disc for the Wii. However, all those games are already on the Wii's Virtual Console and if you already have the Collector's Edition you can still play it on your Wii. And Majora's Mask on the CE was really unstable... so, this is really not a good choice.

I already speculated about The Legend of Zelda (The Hyrule Fantasy) being part of the "3D Classics" on the Nintendo 3DS eShop (including the worlds and dungeons from the first BS Zelda game as a vital bonus). I guess remaking the classic Zelda game in that way would be a perfect choice for its 25th Anniversary and Nintendo already showcased a demo of how this could look like at E3 2010. And I guess this would be "special" enough.

But there are still things from the Mario list that I would like to see happening for Zelda as well. Another Iwata Asks Zelda interview wouldn't hurt to start with. And I would like to see a Nintendo 3DS Zelda bundle. Imagine a stylish Zelda themed 3DS bundled with Ocarina of Time 3D, some more Zelda augmented reality cards and with preinstalled copies of Link's Awakening DX and the 3D Classics version of The Legend of Zelda. Doesn't this sound like the perfect deal for every Zelda fan? Right now I'm unsure whether I want a Nintendo 3DS right now or not, but with a bundle like that I could hardly resist... Also, it's likely that they'll bundle Skyward Sword with a golden Wiimote. A golden Nintendo Wii bundle would be too much for my taste, but a Wiimote would be cool.

Well, whatever Nintendo plans to celebrate the Zelda Anniversary, I'm really excited for it.


romplayer said...

"Nintendo already showcased pictures of how this could look like at E3 2010"

Which pictures do you mean?

TourianTourist said...

Oops. I didn't mean that they released any pictures. It was stated that there were several short 3DS demo videos and one of them was a 3D version of TLoZ.