01 Mar 2021 9:25 AM +00:00

Skyward Sword is just the start of Zelda's celebrations

Last year saw the 35th anniversary of Super Mario and Nintendo made a massive spectacle of it, as you would expect.

The 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda was on February 21st and the date just went by with no real celebration.

But, there could be a good reason for it.

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Super Mario 35

September 2020 saw the start of Super Mario 35, a celebration of 35 years of the Super Mario franchise, with the first entry in the series, Super Mario Bros, releasing on NES back in 1985.

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As expected, Nintendo made a huge deal out of this, releasing Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection that featured Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy in one pack, as well as the recently released Super Mario 3D World port, as well as many other cool and fun games and other merchandise.

Despite kicking off in September, the celebrations are still ongoing with 3D World releasing a few weeks ago, and Super Mario 35 not ending until the end of March.

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Pokemon 25

Alongside the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda is the 25th anniversary of Pokemon.

Recently, the official Pokemon Twitter account posted the words "Let's Go Sinnoh" and a video that said "4 more days".

It looks like Nintendo could be skipping Gen 2 and 3 when it comes to the Let's Go series and giving us a Gen 4 Let's Go game that should be revealed on February 27th.

A definite way to take some spotlight off the Zelda series during a huge milestone for the franchise.

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Will We See Zelda 35?

So, will we see Zelda 35? In a way, we already are.

During the recent Nintendo Direct, it was announced that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword would be getting an HD remaster and rerelease on the Nintendo Switch.

This news divided fans, with some being all for the remaster and some being very much against it.

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Many fans have said online that there were better games to give the HD treatment and finally bring them to Switch, and while that may be true, it doesn't mean we won't get them.

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Rather than focusing on a single event to celebrate the anniversary, it is possible that we will see a more subtle year-long celebration.

Skyward Sword HD is due to be released in July 2021, and if current rumours are correct, is likely when we will hear of the next Zelda release, which is said to be ports of Ocarina of Time 3D, Wind Waker HD, and Phantom Hourglass (we assume a HD remaster).

This collection will be similar to 2020s Super Mario 3D All-Stars and will come on a single cartridge.

It is also possible that we could see the year end with the release of Breath of the Wild 2, or at least a release date to look forward to in 2022.

As much as it seems like it, Nintendo haven't forgotten about The Legend of Zelda 35, Skyward Sword HD is just the first part of the celebration.