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Nintendo Celebrates the Legend of Zelda’s 25th Anniversary

The Legend of Zelda

Happy 2012 my fellow barn animals!

As 2012 opens we look back at the year 2011 to see what was the best and most inspiring thing that came into the year. What was it you say? Why it’s the 25th anniversary of “The Legend of Zelda” of course!

In 2011 Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary of The legend of Zelda in 2011’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (Otherwise known as E3 expo) and opened their conference with an Orchestra performance.Not only did Nintendo celebrate,  the fans also joined in the celebration by remembering all of the past games they have been playing for over the years. Either being  old fans from the NES days or new fans who are only starting to get hooked on Link’s current gen adventures. The young hero Link has been battling Ganondorf  and winning our hearts all throughout these 25 years, as he went on tirelessly saving princess Zelda and slaying wicked monsters.

Lets take a  quick look into the past and see how Link started his Adventure (a gaming history lesson you all need to learn if you want to be in the gaming industry. Click the words that are in blue and underline for a quick look up if you don’t know what they mean, kids. Like cartridge, Famicom, Gameboy, etc.)

It all started back on the 21st of February, 1986  – the first Zelda game was born under the monicker “The Legend of Zelda” and was played on the Famicom Disk System. It was later released in America and Europe on August 22, 1987, in cartridge format( Gaming) Yes kids, games weren’t put on a CD yet, that’s how old Video games are!


1987: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was released on the Famicom Disc System in Japan in January and was made available for the Nintendo Entertainment System *A.K.A the NES* in Europe on November 1988 and in America December 1988 and were also on cartridges.


1991:The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was released four years later in 1991, the game was released for the SNES *Super Nintendo Entertainment System* The game was later re-released on December 9 2002 for the Game Boy Advance in North America.


1993/1998: Two years later Link’s Awakening was made for the Nintendo Game Boy handheld, it was re-release in 1998 for the Game Boy Color as Link’s Awakening DX in full color and with extra features.


1998: Ocarina of Time featured Princess Zelda, Link, Ganondorf and company as they finally made the jump to 3D. Made for the Nintendo 64, Ocarina of Time was released in November 1998. In February 2006 it was ranked as the best game for the Nintendo 64 by Nintendo Power


2000: Majora’s Mask  Majora’s Mask was released on October 26, 2000 in North America and April 27, 2000 in Japan. Majora’s mask was the second game in the Legend of Zelda series to use 3D graphics. Majora’s Mask had sold over 3 Million copies world wide.


2001: The next game (well games) Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages was released for the Game Boy Color and had special features. If you use the Game Link Cable with another Gameboy that has the opposite game, the player will receive a special password that allows the other game to be played as a sequel.


2002: A Link to the Past & Four Swords A link to the past/four swords:  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past  was released in 1991 for the SNES  system. The game was re-released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance system, the Link to the past game cartridge also contained  Four Swords. The Four Swords was the first multiplayer Zelda game.


2002: The Wind Waker was released on the Nintendo GameCube. The creator of the game, Shigeru Miyamoto was surprised that his game was able to reach out to younger audiences. *I guess its because of its cartoon-ish look. This was one of my favorite Zelda games though. Man I really miss this game.*


2004: Four Swords Adventures Four Swords Adventures was released early 2004 for the Nintendo GameCube in Japan and America.  Four Swords Adventures was based on the original handheld game Four Swords. Four Swords only had 24 levels and was multiplayer. On September 28 2011, Nintendo released  The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, on DSiWare.


2004: The Minish Cap The Minish Cap: The 12th game to The Legend of Zelda series,  and was released on the Game Boy Advance and was the only Zelda game on the Game Boy Advance system. Minish Cap was selected the best Game Boy Advance game of the year by GameSpot. Minish Cap involves the Four Swords and explains the story behind Four Swords and it’s second game Four Swords Adventures.


2006: Twilight Princess Released in December 2006 (originally released for the Game Cube), was the first game released for the Nintendo Wii and the last Zelda game released on the Game Cube. Twilight Princess was different on both consoles, the Wii version was mirrored. If something was on the west on the Game Cube version then on the Wii version it would be on the east. And Link was left handed in the Game Cube version while in the Wii version he was right handed.


2007: Phantom Hourglass Released in Japan on June 2007 and North America on October 2007. Phantom Hour glass is an action adventure game and it takes place after The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.  The story was about Link saving his friend Tetra from the villain Bellum.  Phantom Hour glass was the best selling game in Japan for the month of June 2007 and the fifth best selling game in North America.


2009: Spirit Tracks  Released world wide in December 2009. Spirit tracks still had the same elements from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass .  The games art style was kept from the previous games,  The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. In this game you travel by train equipped with a cannon, your also able to control phantoms that were in the previous game Phantom Hourglass.



2011:Ocarina of Time 3D Released in Japan on June 16 2011, North America June19 2011. This was the remake of the original version  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with added 3D effects, updated graphics and an added  Master Quest version of the game which mirrored dungeons, touch screen features were also added. By the ned of June 2011 Ocarina of Time had sold 1.08 Million units worldwide.



2011:The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Released in North America November/20/2011 On the day of the release a special limited edition bundle came with a golden wii motion plus remote with the triforce symbol and an orchestrated CD of music from the game, in celebrating it’s 25th year. When Skyward first launched, it received perfect scores from  IGN  10/10, Wired 10/10, Edge 10/10 , Famitsu40/40, Game Informer10/10, and Eurogamer10/10. Ratings from other companies ranged from 8.5 to 9.5, however GameSpot ‘s critic Tom Mc Shea gave the lowest score, 7.5/10.

The Legend of Zelda was awarded with  Spike TV’s first ever Video Game Hall of Fame award,
During it’s  2011 Spike Video Game Awards.

Wikipedia~ The game’s storyline is the earliest in Zelda continuity, preceding The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Skyward Sword follows an incarnation of the series protagonist Link who was raised in a society above the clouds known as Skyloft. After his closest childhood friend, Zelda, is swept into the land below the clouds by demonic forces, Link does whatever it takes to save her, traveling between Skyloft and the surface below while battling the dark forces of the self proclaimed “Demon Lord”, Ghirahim.

But sometime during those sweet 25 years. . .there came something horrid from out of the Legend of Zelda games series. . And that was the cartoon that NO ONE (or Zelda fan) likes to mention. And whats worse? They made Link talk. Don’t believe me? Why take a look at this intro

This little problem never stopped Link at all, he came back twice as strong and probably smacked the creators for this.

Anyway here’s to the 25 years and more  of  “The Legend of Zelda”!

Keep on playin’



Majoring in art (Animation.) Drawing my own comics. Love video games! (wanna work for a certain company one day)

By DarkRukia91

Majoring in art (Animation.) Drawing my own comics. Love video games! (wanna work for a certain company one day)

11 replies on “Nintendo Celebrates the Legend of Zelda’s 25th Anniversary”

Fantastic post! I should really get into Zelda. I was a big Nintendo guy growing up but never ended up in control of Link.

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