Nintendo Celebrates Zelda’s 25th Anniversary in Grand Fashion

Zelda 25 Anniversary

Nintendo’s E3 conference began today with a symphony playing Zelda music while a retrospective of all of the Zelda games played on the screens. In the 25 years since Zelda was released the game-play and visuals have evolved, and so has the music.  Music is an indispensable piece of legend of Zelda and of course Link often uses some sort of musical instrument to help him in his quests. Since Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Zelda series, was standing onstage in full command of an entire symphony, he asked them to play some of the sounds from the game. He also revealed that the song that the symphony was playing during the intro is the theme song for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This was his prelude to announcing that for the 25th Anniversary of Zelda, there will be Zelda orchestra concerts worldwide coming at the end of the year.

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In addition to this, he said that in honor of the anniversary, they have prepared a Zelda title for all of Nintendo’s systems. Through the 3DS shop which was launched through a system update just yesterday, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is already available. Starting next week The Legend of Zelda 3DS will be launched around the world. This is Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time re-visioned in 3D and featuring two new modes, the Master Quest mode and a new Boss Mode. In September, on DSi, Legend of Zelda: Four Swords will be made available to everyone, for free. Then finally, they will be launching the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii this holiday season. It will use Wii MotionPlus for the swinging of the sword, and knocking an arrow into Link’s bow. As a promotional item, Nintendo is making a beautiful gold WiiMote with the triforce symbol and Zelda logo emblazoned on it. He said that he gets to play this game every day at work, and it feels as though he is really the one fighting the battles. He thinks that this will be able to deliver to us, the Zelda fans, the most satisfying Zelda experience ever.

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Miyamoto told us to stay tuned for news about the 25th anniversary concerts that will be happening around the world, in each region, and we have those to look forward to in the fall. In addition, two music CDs will be made. The Legend of Zelda 3DS soundtrack will be made available, and the other CD will consist of content from the 25th anniversary concerts, made available near the launch of Skyward Sword, and people that are among the first to register their copy of Zelda 3DS on the Nintendo site will be given a complimentary copy of the soundtrack. All in all, this promises to be a fabulous (and eventful!) year for Zelda fans.

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Serra Wallerius
Serra Wallerius is an avid gamer, technology enthusiast and professional photographer. She attended Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine to receive her Bachelor's in Fine Arts with a focus in photography and has a studio located in Battle Creek, MI.