Nintendo announce The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary plans

Following a heroic introduction to their E3 Media Presentation, Nintendo have announced their plans to celebrate the 25th Anniversary since the birth of The Legend of Zelda.

“Zelda – it sure brings back memories,” creator Shigeru Miyamoto exclaimed, as he took centre stage following an orchestral rendition of the score to forthcoming Wii release, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

“We have prepared a game for each of our hardware systems,” he continued to explain.

Following this, Miyamoto continued to outline plans for the anniversary celebrations. Firstly, Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be available from today for the Nintendo 3DS’ Virtual Console, through the newly opened Nintendo eShop.

Next up is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D which, as we know, is due to be released later this month.

Then, in September, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords will be made available as a free download for Nintendo DSi, with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword rounding off software releases – hitting the Wii during “this Holiday season.”

A special gold Wii Remote will be released alongside The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword later this year also.

In closing, Miyamoto announced that a classical concert tour featuring the music of The Legend of Zelda series will be performed around the world, with a CD released to accompany it.

A further CD featuring The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack will also be offered free to those that register their copies of the forthcoming 3D remake through Club Nintendo.

“Last year was the 25th anniversary of Mario; this year is the 25th anniversary of Zelda,” Miyamoto commented. “Since we first released the game the gameplay [of Zelda] and visuals have constantly evolved. And so has the music.”

[Thanks, Eurogamer]

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