Sony Playstation 5 :
The Legend of Zelda saga turned 35 on February 21. Nintendo issued last week a Nintendo Direct where some fans were waiting for news about how the Japanese brand will celebrate the anniversary. The event ended with two related announcements: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Switch and the promise of more information on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 in 2021.
This situation was read by some players as that Nintendo did not celebrate Link’s anniversary in the same way as Super Mario Bros., but according to Jeff Grubb, the VentureBeat journalist recognized for its leaks, this is not the case: it is a marketing strategy not to overlap the news about Zelda with the plumber’s birthday and give importance to Skyward Sword.
“The first thing to consider about the Zelda anniversary cadence is Mario,” says Grubb in the aforementioned medium. “The Super Mario’s 35th anniversary celebration is still ongoing. It is unlikely that Nintendo wanted Zelda and Mario celebrations will overlap“.
Grubb defends that if other Zelda games were not announced at the event it is because they want fans focus on remastering the Wii game Posted in 2011: “The company does not want other Zelda games to distract from its attempts to bring Skyward Sword back.”
“So instead of creating a situation where other Zelda releases on Switch cannibalize sales that could go to Skyward Sword, Nintendo create a consistent cadence of releases to celebrate the saga“, he points out before concluding:” That started with Skyward Sword HD in July, but we should hear more about what will come soon after that [refirindose a la fecha de lanzamiento] this summer“.
The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess are expected among the releases
After the presentation of the Direct, sources from VGC and Eurogamer pointed out that Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker also coming to Nintendo Switch as part of the 35th anniversary. Of course, neither that nor Grubb’s comments cease to be a rumor, but the VentureBeat journalist has in the past guessed the dates of events throughout 2020 and the games that EA will launch on Switch (he anticipated the launch of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and a game from Velan Studios which has ended up being Knockout City); He recently assured that Microsoft will release more information on its plans with Bethesda in March.
The 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. was celebrated with a Nintendo Direct that was published after one of the games commemorating the anniversary was released: Paper Mario: The Origami King. The event announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Bros. 35, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and a commemorative Game & Watch, among other merchandising products and collaborations. The celebration will conclude on March 31, when the compilation is no longer available for purchase and the free Nintendo Switch Online game will no longer be playable.
Returning to the Link saga, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD hit stores on July 16, 2021; It is currently the best-selling game on Amazon Spain.