To celebrate The Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo revealed at E3 2021 a Game & Watch system with three classic games from the long-running franchise: 1986 original, its sequel The Adventure of Link, and the Game Boy version of Link’s Awakening. It will be released on November 12.
The handheld also comes with a remake of the Game & Watch game Vermin with Link in the starring role, a playable clock, and an interactive timer as smaller amusements from the more significant adventures listed in this article.
The Legend of Zelda released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, spawning a sequel the following year en route to becoming a pillar in Nintendo’s development plan. In the 35 years since, every important Nintendo home console, from the Super Nintendo to the Switch, has got at least one mainline Zelda game. This long-standing tradition ended in the 2017 release of Breath of the Wild, a game many think the best in the franchise even with the extent and diversity of the classics that came before it.
This is the reason when the series’ 35th anniversary came and went in February without any celebration, fans couldn’t help but wonder if Nintendo had anything substantial in store for The Legend of Zelda.
Nintendo announced a high-definition re-release of red-headed stepchild Skyward Sword and a direct Breath of the Wild sequel is still in development. With today’s announcement, fans don’t have to wonder about Nintendo’s plans anymore.
Nintendo celebrated a similar milestone for the Mario series, marking the occasion with the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars. The release comes with the most faithful recreations of three excellent games—Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy—bundled with a collection of excellent music and artwork from the series’ past. Of course, this only led people to complain about Super Mario Galaxy 2 not being added to the collection, but all in all, it was a delightful way to look back on Mario’s legacy.