As we all know, February 21st marks the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, one of the longer-spanning series for Nintendo. With 19 main games and not a small amount of spin-offs under the Zelda team’s belt, including one of the first handhelds, Game & Watch (not to be confused with Zelda Game Watch), it’s no wonder there is a huge fanbase for our beloved Princess and her protector.
Here at Gaming Square, we share the love and would like to share our love with you today. Read on for where we began, what sat best with us, and what we’d like to see in the future.
I was late to the Zelda world, with my first game being The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the 3DS. I absolutely fell in love with it, and it was one of the few DS games I fully completed. The nostalgia had me excited for Breath of the Wild when I got my Switch, but unfortunately, I found that the open-world title didn’t scratch the itch in quite the same way as its predecessor. The Link’s Awakening remake has managed to build my excitement for the series back up, though, in perfect time for the anniversary! I’d love to see a Switch remake of some of the older games – particularly Twilight Princess, which I love the look of but don’t have the hardware to play – for the 35th anniversary, as I’ve really missed out on a lot of lore with having not played so many of the big titles. A remake collection would be a dream come true, but I’m not sure how likely that is. I’ll be eagerly watching that space though!
I’ve never really played any Zelda games before, they’re just not my type of game. However, the one that did get me to try a few more was The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes on the Nintendo 3DS. The music is good, the level design is fun with unique puzzles, and it makes great use of the multiplayer. While playing single-player is a bit lonely, this game was definitely made for multiplayer and is 100 times better. I’ve always looked from a distance at the Zelda series, but looking what Nintendo did for other Anniversaries, hopefully this one will be amazing for all the fans.
My favourite Zelda game is a tough one. So many great games over the years, if I had to pick one… I’m going to have to go with Ocarina of Time. Simply because it was brilliant when it launched on the N64. Plus, with everything being canon, OoT proves to be the most important game in my honest opinion.
So, I first got into contact with The Legend of Zelda when I was 12? I never had a GameBoy growing up, so I’m a bit late. The first game I played was Link’s Awakening DX and it was amazing. I was hooked. Then the Oracle games released, and they were pure magic. To this day, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are my favourite games in the franchise. The depth of those two games, especially when linked, is awe-inspiring and certainly something I love replaying. With the 35th anniversary approaching I do hope we get a re-release of these amazing games, possibly in the style of Link’s Awakening for the Switch. I would cry manly tears.
My first contact with Zelda, I believe, is with Link’s Awakening DX. And oh, it was so good! Around the same time I would have been able to play A Link To The Past as well, I got lucky with having older gaming brothers to borrow from. The only main series games I haven’t played in their entirety are Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and A Link Between Worlds. I would love to see more Zelda games come to the Switch, whether it’s through more old consoles like the NES and SNES apps, or being ported from elsewhere. I have reluctantly chosen one game from the main series – if I could, I’d say most of them – as most have their own place in my heart, but Majora’s Mask is my favourite; it just stands out to me from them all.
Now, I’ve seen talk about how some people on the internet would like to see in the future of the series, one of the main things I’ve noticed is how many people would love to see Zelda as the main character, rather than Link. And yes, I’ve seen the comments saying this would make Link redundant, but not necessarily.
Whilst discussing this idea with ZeruDad, we came up with a potential premise for a future with Zelda as the MC. Ganon, or whichever big bad, somehow manages to go back in time and kills Link, or his parents, in every incarnation he has, so it’s up to Zelda to go back along the timeline and fix it to save the future. This would give Zelda her time to shine, going back through the multiple games we’ve witnessed throughout the last 35 years, and would give fans the chance to see old worlds again, maybe even in a new light, like Link’s Awakening?
But that’s just something I thought to share today, what ideas or hopes do you have for Zelda? Or for a different character? Is there anyone you’d like to see more of, or places you’d like to be able to go back to? Have you thought up a premise for a potential game for Zelda or Link, or maybe even Linkle?
Well, fingers crossed Zelda keeps loving it’s fans and vice versa. And here’s to many more years of Link’s adventures!