What to Expect for Zelda’s 35th Anniversary


Boston Wu, Junior

The Legend of Zelda franchise is one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises with most of its games being best sellers on their respective consoles. 

On February 21st, 1986, Nintendo released their very first installment in the Zelda franchise, which would then kickstart a multi-million dollar series of games, each one leaving a unique and unforgettable impression on new players and veterans alike. 

That being said, the year 2021 is going to be an exhilarating one for all Zelda fans; not only will the franchise be celebrating its 35th anniversary, but we are also expecting updates on the obscure yet heavily-anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild; according to Walnut student Cory Tran, it is a game, “…first announced back during E3 2019,” leaving us on the edge of our seats.

However, aside from the 1-minute trailer, nothing else has been revealed to the public about the game’s development, story, or new gameplay mechanics; who knows, we might even get our hands on it early on this year. 

While Nintendo has not revealed any celebration plans to the public, it only makes sense that they would do something for their treasured heroes like they have for past Zelda anniversaries, right? But what else can we expect as a gift from Nintendo other than an update on Breath of the Wild’s sequel?

Looking at Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo announced that “three classic Mario games would be ported to the Switch” for veterans to revisit and for new fans to enjoy (iMore). With this in mind, it would only make sense that Nintendo would do the same by bringing back some of its greatest installments in the franchise. I would love to see Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword become available on the Switch as a collection– if anything, I would die of happiness right on the spot. I also have a feeling that Zelda collectibles will be made available for a limited time as Nintendo did that for Mario’s 35th anniversary; it wouldn’t hurt to have another figurine or two.

However, what Zelda fans want most is Breath of the Wild 2; it is the perfect way for Nintendo to celebrate Zelda’s 35th birthday by giving us a release date for Breath of the Wild 2. When Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity last year in September, series producer Eiji Aonuma simply stated that the team was working hard on development for Breath of the Wild 2 and “you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can provide more updates.”

At the very minimum, I hope that we get another teaser trailer for the sequel if not a release date. After all, it has been an awful long time since the first teaser took our breath away.