The Legend of Zelda, one of the most beloved franchises in video games, turns 35 this Sunday at a bittersweet moment for mass events due to the pandemic and without large announcements about the series that augur celebrations.
Developed by veteran Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka of Japanese developer and distributor Nintendo, “The Legend of Zelda” was originally released in the land of the rising sun on February 21, 1986 for the Family Computer Disk System, a peripheral for the console. Famicom that was characterized by using floppy disks.
The original yellow floppy disk edition, less remembered than the cartridge that would arrive a year later on the international market for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), revolutionized the experience of its console users, by incorporating for the first time an internal battery that allowed save the game and continue later.
Nintendo has managed to take advantage of a franchise based on a curse that advocates its protagonists, the hero Link, the princess Zelda and the villain Ganon, to reincarnate over and over again to wage an eternal battle between good and evil that has given rise to one of the most complex chronologies in digital entertainment.
Since the original title saw the light in 1986, the franchise has grown to be composed of more than forty titles of very diverse genres that have accumulated sales of more than 120 million copies worldwide, according to data from the platform of video game sales monitoring VG Chartz.
Despite being one of the most representative series of Nintendo, the company has not prepared, at least for the moment, any great celebration for the event, as happened with the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. (whose commemorations even reach this 2021 ) or Pokémon’s 25th birthday next week, for which a collaboration with singer Katy Perry has already been announced.
In its most recent Nintendo Direct, aired this week, an HD remastering of the title “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” was announced, originally released in 2011 for the Wii console, with controls adapted for the Switch hybrid.
Also for the console, the launch of some Joy-Con controllers inspired by the franchise was announced that will delight fans who, however, were left wanting to know more about “Breath of the Wild 2”, whose release is expected by the end of 2021 and whose progress is kept in absolute secrecy.
Despite this absence of prominent announcements before the anniversary, Nintendo is known for squeezing its anniversary celebrations for months, so it would not be surprising if other novelties are revealed in the future.