Earlier this year, we realised that 2021 is one heck of a year for gaming anniversaries. It looks like the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate team is aware of this too – if this new tournament's anything to go by, at least.
Starting this Friday, an in-game tournament will be celebrating all the included franchises that have had, or are having, their 35th anniversaries in 2021. That means Zelda, Metroid, and Kid Icarus are all included, as well as Dragon Quest and more:
The tournament will last for three days in total and will limit the available fighters, stages and items to just those featured in the 35th-anniversary celebrations.
Earlier this morning, early translations of Smash series director Masahiro Sakurai's Famitsu column reported that he's considering early retirement.
I've been waiting to see what Nintendo has in store for the 35th Zelda anniversary...
...I guess this is what I've been waiting for?
That’s a really cool idea!
This feels like celebrating your birthday a week after your older siblings and being told that there’s no point in a second big party.
everyone talking about Pokemon, Zelda, Metroid, Persona, Dragon Quest and Donkey Kong anniversaries yet Kid Icarus is forgotten about
Okay, they've mentioned it now at least. Hopefully the first of many anniversary related announcements... (Please Nintendo just let me play Majora's Mask on the Switch).
A celebration would be, actually bringing new games of these series
I don't get why gamers take anniversaries so seriously.
@KBuckley27 Kid Icarus is the most dead series its so sad since it has so much potential.
And this is all we will have
Wait theres an anniversary for Legend of Zelda?
Could of fooled me, wheres the celebration Nintendo?
Thought we were just waiting for Mario 35 to finish and then get some thing interesting, but no just a port with functions locked behind a piece of plastic
Sad that Sonic wasn't part of the celebration even if the blue hedgehog was only just turn 30 and not 35.
@Noid ditto, I wish nintendo would just stop mentioning tbh because ppls expectations are way high on these
@Noid gamers just like anniversaries because they think it means a potential new game might come out. And really is it a lot to ask for every five years nintendo to release a Zelda, Mario, Metroid, donkey Kong game?
Combining the birthdays together! Reminds me of when Jim Halpert tried to do that in The Office.
Nice. They forget the most important one out of all!
As long as none of the series gets a redundant fighter in the Pass, this points towards some good news. A Pokémon/Zelda fighter would have truly been overkill.
So. Zelda, Metroid, Dragon Quest, Pokemon, Castlevania, Persona, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Kid Icarus, Animal Crossing, and Pikmin, content right? Thats every series in Smash that was first released in the number 1 or 6 of a decade? Thats a lot of birth years to celebrate especially from Nintendo's line up. It's like people with the same brithday having a birthday party being celebrated all at once.
Edit: Scratch that, I looked closer and its actually for brands that are 35 years old.
1986 - what an amazing year for games! 4 games I loved - LoZ, Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Castlevania all debuted, along with Japan's beloved Dragon Quest (not to mention Outrun, Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble, and Alex Kidd)!
What a fun idea to commemorate a remarkable year!
Only 35th anniversaries?
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