Last week marked Zelda's 35th anniversary and apart from the reveal of Skyward Sword HD and some themed Joy-Con, in terms of full games, there's been nothing else announced.
It's left a lot of fans wondering what's going on - with many celebrating the big occasion by themselves. So, what is happening? Industry insider and VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb (who has revealed games like Plants vs. Zombies for Switch ahead of schedule), has published a story stating that Nintendo will reveal more about its Zelda celebrations once Skyward Sword is out of the way.
According to Jeff, it's all comes down to marketing. Right now, Nintendo doesn't want to overlap Mario's 35th-anniversary celebrations, which end on 31st March 2021, and the 'sole' focus on Skyward Sword until July will ensure it gets the sales and attention. Along with this, it means Nintendo's efforts to revive the 2011 Wii release aren't overshadowed by other Zelda games.
"The first consideration when it comes to the timing of a Zelda anniversary is Mario. Nintendo’s 35th anniversary celebration for Super Mario is still ongoing. It’s unlikely that Nintendo would want celebrations for Zelda and Mario to overlap. It would get more from each if it put some separation between the two events."
"This is still marketing. And Nintendo will want to position The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD out in front. This is one of the biggest reasons that Nintendo didn’t talk about other Zelda beyond Skyward Sword HD in its latest Direct video event. The company doesn’t want other Zelda games to distract from its attempts to bring back Skyward Sword."
"Sure, it could’ve released Wind Waker and Twilight Princess at the same time, but the company wants Zelda fans all focused on Skyward Sword. So instead of creating a situation where other Zelda releases on Switch cannibalize sales that could’ve gone to Skyward Sword, Nintendo will create a steady cadence of releases to celebrate the series. That will start with Skyward Sword HD in July, but we should hear about what is coming soon after that this summer."
If you haven't already heard, last week - right after the most recent Nintendo Direct, VGC journalist Andy Robinson told Nintendo fans to be on the lookout for Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, if they weren't all that interested in Skyward Sword HD. You can get the full rundown about this in our previous story.
What are your own thoughts about Zelda's big anniversary? What do you make of the above? Leave a comment down below.
“ there's been nothing else announced.” DID you conveniently forget about the Age of Calamity DLC Season Pass?
Quit playing games with my heart-The Backstreet Boys
I’ll believe it when I see it
Wasnt there an article on here recently on how hype is bad?
You don't need to be an "insider" to know Nintendo will have more stuff to show...
I heard from a source in heaven that it will indeed rain sometime in the next year. Totally. And he works in heaven so he would know. He predicted accurately that it would snow last winter, so he really knows his stuff!
A simple tweet on Zelda's 35th Anniversary wouldn't have distracted from anything.
So as we give any John, Jane and Rabbit the title of insider, what do we call the actual insiders? POI (People of Insideness)?
Can we get Oracle of Courage please? Along with remakes of Seasons and Time.
My head hurts from all the eye rolls i did after reading each sentence
Id be surprised if they dont port windwaker , twilight princess, majoras and ocarina
As far as leakers, at least Jeff has a good track record. I'll wait and see though.
I mean I thought it was fairly obvious they're not done already with Zelda's 35th but judging by all the panic going on, apparently it's not obvious to others
I'm sure there going to more stuff its just that the start to his anniversary was kinda weak, its great the the Hd remake was shown but I was hoping for some extra games merch or somthing to be shown kinda like mario', and I'm not saying link need to be at mario's standard just saying they could give link a little more love is all. (and before any one tells me I know about his other anniversary's, and they were great but I'm not taking about them I'm talking about this one)
@Juga I never played those games so I would be up for it.
But it’s perfectly fine to overlap with Pokemon right?! That’s the biggest load of BS I’ve heard.
Everyone forgot about it.
I think it only makes sense for them to focus on one of the not as popular games in the series before announcing the heavy hitters like Wind Waker or Ocarina. Kind of like how they released New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe a few months before Mario Maker 2.
Personally, I’ve never played SS and am very excited about it. I can’t see myself double-dipping on Wind Waker or Twilight Princess when I’ve got them on my Wii U.
Prepare for everyone to set unrealistically high standards and complain when they don't get 7 HD ports, Botw2 released the next day, and Majora in smash
@Rika_Yoshitake Exactly. 3D All Stars sells really well. Skyward Sword HD preorders are already high. There are plenty of more rupees to be made!
How much of this is actual insider information versus reasonable speculation?
@JSDude1 No one cares. Musou games suck.
25th Anniversary: Skyward Sword on Wii
30th Anniversary: Skyward Sword on Wii U Virtual Console
35th Anniversary: Skyward Sword on Switch
I wonder if we will get Skyward Sword Rermastered on Legend of Zelda's 50th Anniversary
I legit said this previously in an another article. Its all due to marketing.
SS HD deserves another chance so therefore it shouldn't be overshadowed by other Zelda games.
Third time's the charm I suppose.
@BirdBoy16 I dunno. Source seem reliable(and he's not the only reliable source so far to mention only Twillight Princess and Wind Waker rather than devolving into "fan's wishlist" of the clearly fake stuff) and this fits well with a pattern I've noticed from Nintendo.
I.e.: trying not to have their own titles cannibalize each others whenever possible.
Like... just this start of the year had way too much going on with Mario 3D World/Persona 5 Striker/Bravely Default/Monster Hunter Rise to start revealing stuff as monolithic as Zelda without such an announcement sporting the risk of taking wind out of all of this.
And Nintendo wouldn't announce Skyward Sword, the one that is indeed the most vulnerable in the franchise, only to instantly take the wind from that release's sales(where having retail copies still mean production and shipping/distribution costs) the moment after by announcing better known Zelda games before it's even out of the door.
Plus the presentation of Skyward Sword in the Direct as "the origin of Hyrule" could mean it could then see it's release used as the springboard to then introduces other titles of the franchise... once it's actually out, that is.
Why is everyone worried about the 35th anniversary not being celebrated? I swear, there's nothing to worry about. Unless Nintendo was dumb, I seriously doubt they would want to skip out on this, nor do they seem to.
I have no idea what they may have planned but I'm pretty sure OOT, TP and WW will at some point be playable on switch. Maybe before the year is out.
As for BOTW 2 yeah that ain't releasing until the switch is on it's way out at the earliest. That probably gives us well over a year. Possibly even longer.
@Euler I dunno but this seem to tie with another insider who was the guy to correctly predict most of the year of Mario stuff(a Paper Mario, Mario 3D All-Stars, Mario 3D World and I guess technically soon Mario Golf) and that other guy was also predicting specifically Wind Waker/Twillight Princess(rather than devolving into the larger "fans wishlist" of Ocarina of Time/etc that tend to be emblematic of the actual fake stories).
Honestly the explanation is sensible. Nintendo always prefer(even if it couldn't always pull it off due to delays/etc) to have paced releases so they run less the risk of cannibalizing each others.
If Twillight Princess/Wind Waker are indeed planned, it make senses to announces these better known Zelda games only after Skyward Sword is released.
Meanwhile, the Direct did point out Skyward Sword as the "origin of Hyrule", which can definitely be used as a springboard to then later introduce the other titles' releases since they're set in it's "future".
@Zeldafan79 Thinking about it, waiting until Skyward Sword is out makes sense. It's the lesser known/appreciated Zelda so announcing any other games before it's out would void it's chances of success altogether.
Meanwhile the Direct did subtly make a point about it being the "origin of Hyrule", which later "anniversary" announcements after it's release could totally use as a springboard to introduce these titles meant to follow it chronologically.
@TwinFami Pokemon is kind of unique because it's 25th anniversary isn't run by Nintendo but the independent Pokemon Company of which Nintendo really is only just a partner rather than the owner.
Need not to forget it's a multimedia game/film/anime franchise, all of which involve different companies, not just a gaming one.
@ianl579 Very true but can you imagine the aftermath they would have faced from just doing that? Not just from everyone here that post in the comments but all the YouTubers, streamers, etc. would have had a field day bombarding Nintendo about how all Zelda gets is a tweet and Skyward Sword while Mario get's a whole 6 month parade. They know what they're doing. It's easier to stay quiet a little longer. Let the Mario anniversary finish off and wet the appetite with Skyward Sword (the lesser popular game which is already showing big demand for in numbers) and some fancy new joy cons for now. I'm curious if they plan to replace the Mario 35 game with some sort of Zelda version. They'll do something. Just gotta wait it out.
Jeff is pretty tuned in to the industry, though everything he is saying is pretty obvious anyways.
I feel like the BOTW follow up will be a 2022 game in this case. Especially if Windwaker and Twilight Princess are separate releases. The timing just seems too tight.
I’d obviously love to see the next BOTW game sooner rather than later but filling the wait with some of the classics really isn’t a bad thing.
@Maulbert I think a lot of people care-especially those hardcore Zelda fans that gave it a chance.
Ohhhh, Zelda fans. Never change.
Would be nice to have a complete remake of Ocarina of Time.
If Nintendo can celebrate a year of Luigi you can bet my first born it will celebrate Zelda's 35th anniversary... Let's just wait. Looking forward to skyward sword.
@MortalKombat2007 Fi keeps telling Aonuma how to release the game, over and over and over and over.... Can't blame the guy.
@MortalKombat2007 They will re-release Skyward Sword HD but with an all-new Groose mode, where you'll take over Grooseland
Without any insider knowledge of any kind I can work out what will probably happen this year regarding Zelda. Back in 2020 Mario 35 was scheduled as the big E3 event with 3D World + Bowsers Fury being the big holiday title. However those plans were scuppered due to COVID 19.
It goes to reason (especially if you think of a normal June E3 month) that Nintendo is planning an E3 style Nintendo Direct in which they will announce the Zelda 35 collection and of course continue to market Skyward Sword HD. It also goes to reason that if in fact Nintendo has games like Metroid 2D and Pokemon remakes they are going to have a bumper 2nd half of the year.
I do wish articles like this wouldn't try to pseudo announce unannounced stuff. And I wish folk wouldn't spread gossip. I never know what to do with it lol. So game X isn't releasing because game Y. Wait...they haven't even revealed game X yet.
Their reasoning is often purely cynical and if they are wrong then 'plans change.'
I'm happy that they may be privileged to inside news, but when did folk respect blabbermouths?
Easy to say ignore it, but now I have a WW/TP double pack in the back of my head. It wasn't there before. Grrr....
If Ninty had announced it’s entire 2021 lineup, sometime in June we’d be saying ‘haven’t they got anything new to talk about?’ And if some of those games got delayed we’d be saying ‘why announce it if it wasn’t ready?’
Let’s not worry our pretty little heads.
I hope they got more stuff happening than Skyward Sword.
I know that game already get plenty of flak, but it really disappointed my as a 25th anniversary release. And then Breath of the Wild enden up missing out on the the 30th anniversary, do to the Switch entering the fray. :-/
@Zorox88 You mean Oracle of Ages, right?
My thoughts on just skyward sword for now is that skyward sword is kind of hard to modify. Not much that can be changed especially since it was 2 main zeldas ago. It looks fine but got a slight touch up anyway and ported to the proper controllers. Nothing else you can do whereas other games you definitely can. The older they are the more work can be done especially on the n64/3ds making sure wide-screen or something works. And they'll be holding each other back since the two pairs go better together as they're the same system each.
This is hardly new. The 25th anniversary was announced at E3 in June, 4 months after the actual anniversary date. And the 30th was even later, on 1st September in a Direct
This Jeff Grubb guy has a pretty good track record tbh.
@Juga I agree. Zelda is a huge time investment unlike Mario. If the Switch Pro rumors are true (and seems like they probably are), BOTW2 will most likely come out this year and I wouldn't be able to play any other Zelda games on top of that.
"Right now, Nintendo doesn't want to overlap Mario's 35th-anniversary celebrations, which end on 31st March 2021, and the 'sole' focus on Skyward Sword until July will ensure it gets the sales and attention. "
But they announced 3D World and 3D All-Stars in the same Direct? This is classic Nintendo logic.
I know they'll be more to show for the 35th anniversary, but no acknowledgement on Zelda's 35th anniversary was odd.
@Nymos Yes I haven't gotten to far into that one.
@CammyUnofficial ah, but you see, NL isn't hyping anyone up. They're just reporting rumors that would generate excitement among fans. It's not hyping people up!
Yes insiders stating the obvious as usual.
'My guess is that around E3 time, it reveals the rest of its plans for Zelda.'
Of course! Those ports don’t cost Nintendo any effort and gives them free millions.
@Ludovsky well either way I don’t want to get my hopes to high for anything crazy
Honestly, yeah, Skyward Sword could use all the love it can get.
@Juga @roboshort A Zelda burnout? never heard of it
@Kreko but it was as it was included in the ND and was mentioned and is obviously included in the Zelda franchise.
Yeah...I'm betting it will be WWHD/TPHD combo pack in September and BOTW2 in November/December.
guys its ok, i heard from an "inside source" that we are getting botw 2, metroid prime 4, diamond and pearl remakes, mario odyssey 2, mario kart 9, fighters pass 3, and more ALL THIS YEAR! yep, i'm an industry insider. totallly
@JSDude1 Koei Tecmo might have some pull with when the DLC was announced. It isn't just a Nintendo thing.
Always thought we likely hear more Zelda news later in the year to be honest.
@Rob3008 one came out in 2020, another came out in 2021, sir.
There was a gap between September and February.
@anoyonmus My point was that all the Mario titles were announced during the same Direct.
I'm at the point where I expect little from Nintendo. They appear to put the least amount of effort into their games. For example, look at the remakes Nintendo does then compare them to Sony and Microsoft. Don't you think Nintendo is being too cheap? The Switch is a console. It's not a DS or 3DS. On other consoles is the grass still 2D? The best games on the Switch are just ports of Wii U games. Mario Kart, Breath of the Wild (also came out on the Wii U), and Smash. Animal Crossing was fun. It just felt simpler. Why is there only Nooks Cranny? City Folk had more permanent shops. I have also been a Nintendo fan. It's just they seem to be favoring games that look like smartphone games. Nintendo Switch Online Service has the least expensive games for Nintendo to put on there. On the Wii and Wii U, we could play games like Ocarina of Time and Majoras Mask. Now Nintendo just ports what they had sold on the 3DS. The joke is now we will probably pay 60 dollars for the port of each of those two.
This post is not a hate Nintendo post. It's more of the frustration of a long-time Nintendo fan.
If true this makes sense. But why couldn't Nintendo say more Zelda news would be coming later in the year as part of their celebration of Zelda?
Voices in my head told me that we're getting Unirally HD this year.
Did you guys fire Mitch after that "hype is bad" article, or are you just ignoring him?
@Kreko yes I think it is included in the celebration (which we don’t officially know that Nintendo is even doing at this point as of my writing this). It is releasing this year, and would probably be included by Nintendo.
Makes sense to me. I'm not a marketing expert, but the people who work in that department are paid for their ideas so this really does make sense. No biggie. I have an embarrassingly large backlog of Switch games to play...
@JSDude1 The last part of that season pass is going to arrive in November. Should be away long enough still for Nintendo to celebrate everyones favorite princess.
@Juga I nerded myself through the entire Trails of Cold Steel series on PlayStation in go. It took me two months of playing all day to obtain these four platinum trophies. (only stopped by sleeping, eating and sitting on the toilet ...uhm... I'm in early retirement because... Let's just say that for me it's very scary outside my house, that I even buy my food on the internet, and that the average person is talking more in ten minutes than I'm in three decades. Which means I can't work as anything. I can write pretty openly though...). But it was totally worth it, because the Trails series is the best RPG series of all time. What I did afterwards you wonder? I played the three Trails in the Sky games on PSP. Too bad that Aoi and Zero no Kiseki never made it into the west... But Falcom ported these two to PS4 last year, which means there is a chance we get these two games in the west this time! :3 Hopefully even for Switch (it has ColdSteel3 and 4. So there is a chance!), because I sold all my Sony stuff, except the Vita.
What I want to tell you is... Just give me the Zelda already, thanks.
Hmm... I don't think BotW2 comes this year though. On the one side it would be nice, because of the birthday. But on the other side, Nintendo can't really do anything (like Mario 3D All-Stars.. or anything) because they wouldn't want to distract from BotW2 if it really comes this year. And if people would just get BotW2 and ignore the "Zelda 3D All-Stars" (or whatever) then it would be bad for Nintendo, because company don't want you to spend money in three months. They want you to spend it NOW. What's the English word... Fiscal year, or something.
@BirdBoy16 Honestly the best stance to take in a way with the gaming hype machine(the way gamers can create their own distorted hype with anything).
Better approach anything with no expectations and then "risk" only being surprised than to come with prebuilt expectations that can too easily be disapointed.
A great example of that would be the many people(maybe not on this website, but elsewhere I've seen TONs of people hyped for this) who didn't see Pokemon Legends: Arceus coming in the last Pokemon 25th anniversary presentation and thus came hyped/surprised out of a presentation for which they initially had none to little expectations because of their perception of the Pokemon franchise over the years.
I love Zelda and don't really expect Nintendo to drop the ball on the Zelda franchise this year. I figured they would add more Zelda stuff later this year unless something really drastic happened.
My bigger question is what about Metroid?
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