Nintendo’s full plans for The Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary will be revealed later this summer according to an industry insider.
There will be news on how Nintendo is celebrating THE Legend of Zeldafrom 35e anniversary later this summer. It can be a special year for THE Legend of Zelda, but Nintendo has been low-key on plans to celebrate it. Nintendo celebrated 35 years of its Golden Boy last yeare anniversary with the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars (a collection of 3D Mario ports), Super mario 35 (a Battle Royal version of the original Super Mario Bros.), and several collaborations with other games and brands like Splatoon 2 and Levi’s. Since then, there has been anticipation leading up to Zelda’s 35e with fans hoping for similar releases.
In Nintendo Direct from last week, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has been announced for the Nintendo Switch, and series producer Eiji Aounuma has promised to provide more information on the Breath of the wild continued later this year. Fans online were collectively disappointed with the lack of news related to Zelda, but it didn’t stop Skyward Sword HD to be temporarily out of stock on Amazon in the US and UK after its announcement.
An industry insider at VentureBeat (via Nintendo Life) says Nintendo waits until summer before they start promoting Zelda 35e anniversary. Nintendo hasn’t started celebrating Mario’s 35th birthdaye anniversary until September of last year, when he released a Nintendo Direct dedicated to the plans surrounding the event. Lots of promotions that are still going on for Mario’s 35e (including the sale of Super Mario 3D All-Stars) end March 31st, Nintendo therefore does not wish to have two different marketing campaigns competing.
Nintendo to start celebrating 35 years of Zeldae birthday around July, which aligns perfectly with Skyward Sword HDJuly 16 release date. Ports of The Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD Wii U are still a possibility for later in the year, but Nintendo wants all the attention on Skyward Sword (which is also celebrating its tenth anniversary) at the moment. The Insider says the most likely scenario is that Nintendo is preparing a Legend of Zelda-sized snowball for the end of the year: starting with Skyward Sword HD and the Zelda-themed Joy-Con controllers in July, then the Wii U HD Zelda ports, then the release (or at least some solid info on) the Breath of the wild after.
It makes sense that Nintendo wants its fans to focus on one marketing campaign at a time. Announcing everything he has up his sleeve for the year would result in less press and enthusiasm for each individual announcement. This may be less likely for fans disappointed with Skyward Sword HDthe announcement of the purchase of the game if they know that Wind waker and or Twilight Princess are also on the horizon. It seems overkill to hope that Nintendo will come up with three remasters and the sequel to the bigger one Zelda title so far by the end of the year, but here’s the hope for the best.
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Source: VentureBeat (via Nintendo Life)
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