Nintendo Confirm 25th Anniversary Celebration For The Legend of Zelda Series

By Ishaan . March 2, 2011 . 11:58am

At his GDC keynote earlier this morning, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, made mention of the fact that 2011 represents The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary.


Iwata also confirmed that Nintendo managing director (and Zelda creator), Shigeru Miyamoto, is “working on a plan that will allow all Zelda lovers to celebrate together.”


Iwata refrained from providing any further details on this front, but did confirm that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D would be available this June. Here’s a batch of new screenshots:


  • Wow the game (ignoring the blocky fingers) looks pretty good! (the water one especially, hot!) June will potentially make this my second or third 3DS game by then. Ocarina of Time 3D will also be my first entry into the Legend of Zelda franchise. I hope it is a good place to start as I experience it. I know its a retro game but I will engage myself in it and hope to see if I can gain an appreciation of games of olde.

    I wonder why they said “zelda fans celebrate together”? They aren’t concerned with getting non fans interested in the series?

    • PurpleDoom

      Ocarina of Time is a pretty good place to start, if you ask me.

      They’re definitely interested in hooking in (even more) fans, but a 25th Anniversary product or game would be directed at already existing fans, so that statement makes sense to me.

    • Caligula

      The number of times you’ll ever notice the fingers while playing is pretty low… anyway, yeah, the game does looks nice. I’m excited to see a game I used to play in elementary school on a blocky 90s television with poor resolution will look like in 3D.

      • SolidusSnake

        Elementary school, eh? Damn, I feel old D:

        • Happy Gamer

          lol yeah this came out i think when i was a freshman in high school.

          • i was 5 at the time

          • Zero_Destiny

            I was just a wee little lad at the age of 8. Oh how time flies.

          • god I was 13 at the time…I feel so old… as old as Zelda infact..

        • thebanditking

          I was in 7th grade, though I never played it until the Gamecube re-release as I never owned an N64.

    • Altritter

      I don’t know how I feel about you calling Ocarina of Time ‘retro’. I know it’s about 13 years old, but I can’t really consider anything past the SNES era ‘retro’, at least not yet. Just how new to gaming are you, and if you don’t mind me asking, what’s the oldest game you’ve ever played?

      • Apache_Chief

        Any console that uses cartridges is retro in my eyes.

      • My first system bought was the gamecube during the year the Wii came out in which I only had Baten Kaitos and Tales of Symphonia. Ive played Sonic 2 on Wii VC.

    • this is ur first one? u are going to hate the water temple

      • Like in all the Zeldas

      • Ill just use a guide. My peers state that Zelda games are some of the most difficult games that theyve ever encountered.

        • Caligula

          Did your peers play the same games as me? Zelda games aren’t hard at all, and I don’t consider myself particularly good at video games.

        • Zero_Destiny

          Ocarina of Time is more like Unfair than hard. Majora Mask is pretty easy so long as you don’t screw around and get what’s needed to be done, done in the time-limit. Wind Waker is so easy I bet it in less than a week without even trying. Twilight Princess is just normal. Not too hard not too easy, Can beat it pretty fast so long as you got enough time to poor into it. Now the 2D Zeldas which I bet you won’t play weren’t TOO hard either. The first is pretty much just a straight up Adventure game and the hardest thing to do is to know where you have to go. Pretty fun atcually. Adventure of Link is GODLY hard bang your head on the wall and curse all that you know hard. But no one besides me seems to like that game anyway. Link to the Past isn’t too hard ether. Just gotta have some good reflexes.

          • PurpleDoom

            I don’t think Ocarina was particularly unfair. It’s not that tough if you know what you’re doing. Not much harder than Wind Waker, actually.

            As for your other comment about the Water Temple: I thought it was pretty much impossible to unlock doors in the wrong order? There were lots of weird things about the temple, but it should be impossible to unlock doors in the wrong order.

          • Zero_Destiny

            Oh it’s possible. And that’s way Ocarina is unfair. Trust me. I didn’t restart it for nothing lol

          • PurpleDoom

            Hmm. Never happened to me, but I’ll take your word for it.

          • Darkrise

            You’re forgetting 4 Swords Adventures. =/

          • Zero_Destiny

            Just mentioned some of them. Can’t list all the games. It would be way TOO long. lol

      • Caligula

        Why does everyone think the Water Temple in OoT is so hard? I didn’t have a single problem with it, but it seems like I’m the only one who didn’t.

        • Suicunesol

          It was probably the fact that you had to equip and unequip the Iron Boots constantly. Luckily, they’re making it quicker and easier this time around.

          • PurpleDoom

            Yeah, I disliked it more for the tedium than the temple itself.

        • Zero_Destiny

          Because the Water Temple caused me to restart the game at least two or three time in my first playthrough. Because of that I can still pretty much get the three orbs and burn through Link’s childhood in like 3 hours flat without trying. I memorized all that junk because of how I had to restart the game. :( It’s unforgiving is what it is. You only get a limited number of keys and if you open the doors in the wrong order you won’t get the right amount of keys and that’s it. The temple is now done. You can’t do jack Game Over. It was made really hard because I was like 8 so I always impulsively opened the doors (hey it’s not like I knew there was a guides or anything). Anyways long story short I had to write down all the combination of what door to open and what not to open, in order to beat the darn thing after like resetting the game at least two or three time. >_< Argh it was painful as a child.

          • Suicunesol

            That’s not true at all. The keys were hard to find, but there were enough to open every door in the temple. I’m sorry you had to go through that.

        • Don’t worry Caligula, I had fun with the Water Temple. I actually think that was my favorite one in the game. I had trouble with the Shadow and Spirit Temples.

    • Suicunesol

      Never played a Zelda game? Where have you been?

      Ocarina of Time is, without a doubt, the best place to start.

      • Ive only been playing the most phenomenally epically awesome games available on powerful HD console. As series and such have innovated through the years and achieved excellent visuals and presentation, it was impossible to ever be able to get interested in Zelda games.

        • Altritter

          Visuals and presentation aren’t everything. I think that a lot of games in this generation have squandered gameplay for those two things, which will never be as important as gameplay in my opinion. I still like this generation but I think it’s damn ignorant to discount older games just because they aren’t as pretty.

          • Screw gameplay, its visuals and presentation that counts most. Why would I want to play a game that looks considerably worst than other newer games? For example, why would I want to play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 over Sonic Unleashed/Colors, or Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, over Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (2010), or for Nintendo’s sake, Super Mario Bros over Super Mario Galaxy 2.

          • PurpleDoom

            But it’s the gameplay that determines whether the game is fun or not. Visuals and presentation mean nothing if the game isn’t fun to play.

            I’d take Sonic 2 over Colors and Unleashed any day because it’s more fun.

          • Vino (Tim N)

            Tsuna, you make me very very sad. I understand your point, and you grew up with different games. But those games are classic. They are the stepping stones to the great games we have today. Classics/retro games are still great if you give them a chance. Super Mario Bros will always be a fantastic game. Old or new graphics/visuals.
            As will Ocarina of Time, my most favorite game ever. And I own and play a lot of games.

          • I play only black ops, killzone, lost planet 2, god of war, final fantasy 13, blah blah blah the graphics r so cool!! YES the graphics r amazing! If u make me play pac-man my eyes would bleed! No but really gameplay>graphics sometimes depending on the type of genre.

          • Darkrise

            WAY too different from what you’ve mentioned a while ago…

        • Suicunesol

          I remember a time when there were no HD consoles. Back in 1998, Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo 64 had the most cutting-edge graphics for its time (at least that’s what I thought.) Back in 1998, it was only the most phenomenally epically awesome game available on a powerful SD console.

          • DUDE, I think that has to be the comment of the day! Im speechless.

        • Caligula

          Why, in ten years, the graphics of today will look horrible! Will you deem the games you like now terrible years later? So fickle, Tsuna, so fickle.

    • Zero_Destiny

      Ocarina of Time is hands down one of the best games. I don’t know why you haven’t jumped into Zelda earlier (and this isn’t a Dis it’s perfectly fine to come to this party late lol) but this is defiantly a great spot to start. I know you’ll love it. Wonderful story with enduring charas, great combat, easy to understand HUB, and just an overall great experience. One of the best games from my childhood. I still remember all the Ocarina songs and I still remember all the conversions with Zelda. :D

  • PurpleDoom

    I know I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully they’ll confirm that something is in the works for Dragon Quest soon, since they mentioned that before as well.

  • Heh heh… water temple… Let’s go >:D

  • I don’t know… speaking Resident Evil 3D looks absolutely retarded-amazing – this feels a step down. I’m not really nit-picky, except for the fact it feels that more could be done (this is a Nintendo title on their own console afterall, of course they can).

    …I’ve played this game so many times, the only way I’ll do it now is with either some funky add-ons or an easier Water Temple. =P

    • PurpleDoom

      The touch-screen inventory is supposed to make the Water Temple less tedious, if nothing else.

  • i actually liked the water temple

    it was one of the few dungeons that challenged me

  • That better be June 1st…

    I just wish it had some extra stuff, like a dungeon, or Master’s Quest

  • Camp Hyrule 2011!!!

  • gatotsu911

    Another article I read on the conference said that Miyamoto made reference to allowing DEVELOPERS to celebrate Zelda’s anniversary. Now that intrigued me.

  • I’ve never played a Zelda game before… Did I miss something?

    • skyblaze

      If by something you mean the series that defined the action adventure genre then yes, you have missed a very big something, dood :P

      • Oh, well. That train left before I could get on it…

        • Ren

          Late train better than no train at all, right? If you own a recent nintendo system you can always search for the GC, DS or Twilight Princess Zeldas. Minish Cap is my favorite, followed by Wind Waker. In my opinion, the best places to start are either Ocarina for the 3D ones and A Link to the Past(though I only played this one for like, 2 hours) or Minish Cap for the 2D ones.

        • Guest

          How old are you? 12?

          • :(

          • Guest

            I dunno why but I thought that =( was gonna equal a ban or warning of some sort. >_<

          • >_>

    • If by something you mean one of the best games released so far (this only applies to Ocarina of Time), then yes.

      The other Zelda are great too, but Ocarina fo time… i just… there are no words that can express what that game is

    • You missed everything.

  • #1 Reason why im getting 3DS

  • Code

    Kind of funny how much more I like Link’s face in this then I did in Twilight Princess or even Skyward Sword coming up >w<'

  • Am I the only one uninterested on this game? I’m a huge Zelda fan and I’ve bought every console game on launch (except MM) since OoT. But I’ve played the game to death and I dunno what this version can do for me that the ones I already have did already.

    • I totally see where you’re coming from. When I played the demo I felt like I could do it blindfolded… so much so that I was on autopilot when I went to get the slingshot and didn’t realise that the demo gave it to you as a starting item. Oops. I am always happy to have portable versions of games I like, and of course seeing it in 3D was kinda fun, but it really did feel like old hat.

      • Joanna

        No you both are perfectly warranted in your feelings. I’m assuming this is aimed at people who misplaced their carts and want to play the game again and newer Zelda fans. Not buying a game you love because you already own a working copy isn’t bad or unusual. I don’t plan on buying the PSP version of KitN because I have the DS version and I love the game (see my avatar).

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Since I never played Ocarina of Time before, I am extremely looking forward to this remake and the screenshots so far look quite impressive.

    Its just a shame that Nintendo won’t release a OoT 3D bundle. If they released something this, I would buy it in an instance (note that this picture is fan made):

    • A special edition in launch year? Wow.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        I know, its a dumb idea. But still, it would be preety cool in my book. :P

        • PurpleDoom

          I’m paying more attention to the Link’s Awakening remake that the creator of that picture seems to be implying…

          • Tom_Phoenix

            Actually, I am preety sure he was implying that Link’s Awakening DX would come pre-installed on the handheld, just like how the original Donkey Kong came pre-installed with all 25th Anniversary Red Wiis. If you look at the box, the screenshots are from the original DX.

            But anyway, it ultimately doesn’t matter, since the picture was a fake made by a fan. Still, it is nice to dream once in a while. :P

          • PurpleDoom

            Yeah, it is nice to dream. At least Link’s Awakening will almost certainly get a Virtual Console release.

    • Zero_Destiny

      That would be enough to make forget about the Red 3DS a buy one right away. :D

  • Zero_Destiny

    I hope the 25th anniversary isn’t cheap like Mario’s was. Especially since I already have these: [] and []. I swear if they just port those over to the Wii I’ll lose it. Zelda deserves better than that. Anyways I’d just be happy if Skyward Sword came out on the 25th birthday of Zelda to be honest. :)

    • PurpleDoom

      Too late for Skyward Sword to be released on the anniversary, unfortunately – the anniversary date is February 21. I’m with you on hoping that the collection isn’t a port of the Collector’s Edition (I doubt it personally – unlike Mario All-Stars, the versions of the games contained within that package are all easily available via VC. While the Mario games are available on VC, the All-Stars remakes weren’t.)

      Just out of curiosity: What would you want from a 25th Anniversary Zelda game?

      • Zero_Destiny

        Well I just meant this year not the actual birth-date. That’s a little too specific. What do I want? Hhmm Maybe a full anthology of Zelda that come in like three or four volumes. Give us every game on a Wii discs and release it in volumes. Have like four or five games per disc. I even want the 64 Zelda’s, all the GameBoy Zelda’s, and Wind Waker in the volumes. That would be cool. :) That or maybe a remake of the first Zelda in cell-shaded Wind Waker-like graphics (but still top-down perspective). :D That would be a blast. XD That or make a 3DS console for Zelda’s 25the anniversary like Tom Phoenix had or at least a Wii 25th anniversary and DSi XL 25th anniversary consoles. Anyways if Nintendo just gave us a new good game like Skyward Sword I’d be happy. They could also package it with like a free download of any of the VC Zelda’s and I be ecstatic!!!
        EDIT: If you don’t mind me asking why don’t you have an Avatar. You got on on Bounce don’t you? Seems weird to not have one on this site.

        • PurpleDoom

          We’re on the same wavelength here XD. I love retro packages, you get a lot of stuff for a relatively low price. Skyward Sword has been slated for 2011 for quite some time now, so I can’t imagine it would get delayed again.

          A remake of the first one would be cool. There are a lot of things they could improve.

          This wouldn’t happen this year, but I’d be ecstatic if a console sequel to Wind Waker was announced. That’s easily my favorite Zelda game, which I unfortunately cannot say for Phantom Hourglass (haven’t played Spirit Tracks, so I can’t judge.)

          • Zero_Destiny

            Spirit Tracks is the superior DS game. It still has a main temple you have to revisit but you can skip all the floors you already did unlike Phantom Hourglass. That and Zelda is atcually a playable chara and you get two-person puzzles kind of like the four-person puzzles in Four Swords. It’s very fun and the Zelda element adds a lot to the gameplay. :)

          • PurpleDoom

            You could skip floors in Phantom Hourglass. It wasn’t the temple that bothered me so much as the general easiness and short length of the game.

            I’ll make sure to give Spirit Tracks a shot, though.

          • Zero_Destiny

            @PurpleDoom Ah! You can skip floors. I’ve only got like 5 or 6 hours into Phantom Hourglass, and it never let me skip any floors in the main dungeon. Had to do ever thing over and over from there. Must let you do it later. I’ll take your word for it.

  • If they removed that stupid fairy this game would be awesome! As it stands now? ‘fairy’ great!

  • midgard229

    miiiiiiiiiilk it, miiiiiiilk it. this is what…..n64…..GC……wii-ware……..3ds…ah yes 4th re-release? i mean nintendo has released it on every console they made since 64 except the ds……..and i thought final fantasy 4 was bad *sigh

    • PurpleDoom

      Final Fantasy IV is still worse. That one’s seen release on 7 different systems (counting Virtual Console.)

  • Soma

    At first I thought, “The Legend of Zelda series hasn’t been around for 25 years.”
    And then it occurred to me that I’m just getting old.

  • Darkrise

    I’d buy a 3DS if I had unlimited pockets. Just for this game. Not really but this is number one on my list.

  • malek86

    Zelda is one of those games that everybody likes except me. Especially OOT. Admittedly there are many, such as God of War, Super Mario Bros 3, partly even Shadow of the Colossus, and countless others.

    I did kinda like Link to the Past though.

  • Fingers crossed that Zelda gets an unlockable Sheik costume.

    Oh wait…

  • I am so hoping the The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary will be a collection of NES, GBC, SNES and GBA Zelda titles (as well as obsucre titles/versions that were released in Japan).

  • Well, this is getting preordered whenever I go to Gamestop today.

  • ipatz

    I believe they can make the game look better than this. The Zelda presentation for Gamecube at Space World 2000 still look way better than this. Nintendo stated that was real-time, not pre-rendered.

  • thebanditking

    Nice looking screens, though they seem a bit cleaned up. I could be wrong but the 3DS games I have seen so far (Kid Icarus for one) have very little anti aliasing and these shots just seems too clean in comparison. They do this with PSP and console games all the time as well but its really a shame because these shots are just so clean, I would imagine anti aliasing is quite difficult to implement on a hand held where battery life is the main concern. I still really wish that the 3DS screens were bigger for the capabilities the system has its a shame to have such a small display. Oh well hopefully by the time I feel like getting one they will have fixed that.

  • Suicunesol

    I wonder if they’re going to make a new arranged OST for this…

  • I never played OoT when it came out despite having a N64, then again, I MISSED out on A LOT games when I was younger.

    The only Zelda games I played was Wind Waker (still haven’t beat it), Twilight Princess, and Phantom Hourglass. And all 3 Zelda games we’re not mine. But now that I have DS I should add Phantom Hourglass to my DS library.
    I got Far in PH too.. ;_;

    Anyway I can’t wait for the game to come out, But it’ll have to wait until after October for me to purchase a 3DS anyway. >.>

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