2015 is here and we at Zelda Informer couldn’t be more excited to begin our journey together. This year promises to be one of the best years in recent memory for Zelda fans, and that’s saying something considering the year we had in 2011 with Ocarina of Time 3D and Skyward Sword releasing, plus 2013 where we had The Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds.
What about this year makes it stand out? The biggest ticket is our first ever original Zelda title in HD. We’ve never previously had a game release that could claim that, and then add on top of the promise of an open world – it may very well be one of the most anticipated Zelda releases since Twilight Princess. We are also getting a remake, with Majora’s Mask 3D arriving in the first half of the year.
Did you notice the pattern the last 6 years? Every two years we’ve gotten a remake and a new original Zelda title. That sets the gears in motion that we should really enjoy 2015, as we won’t likely see a lot of Zelda love again until 2017. We’re also seeing the return for a second run of the Symphony of the Goddesses. Anyone who attended it the first time around knows how special of an experience that is.
That isn’t to say 2014 was a letdown. While we didn’t receive any remakes or main line Zelda games, Nintendo still tossed us a bone to tide us over. We had Hyrule Warriors as a spin off game, Mario Kart 8 DLC, and costume sets and skins in various games. If Zelda fans ever felt like Nintendo was ignoring us in prior years, we certainly can’t feel like that now.
2015 is sure to be a huge year for us, so let’s enjoy what is coming to us sooner than we may realize. Beyond that, 2015 promises to be a big year for us at Zelda Informer as well, mostly thanks to all of you! Here’s a look back at some interesting statistics from 2014:
- We served over 4 million Zelda fans, who visited us 11 million times over 365 days, viewing 15.2 million different pages. That’s more fans than the sales of all but 7 games in the series. There are 17 total Zelda games released to date.
- Our overall viewership grew by 184%. That marks the 5th consecutive year we’ve grown in viewership, and the largest overall percentage jump in site history.
- Our Facebook page came into 2014 with 184,968 likes. As of today, it has 393,359 likes. That’s an increase of over 110% year on year. Our Twitter also grew 75%, with google plus having only just been added in 2014 (same with Tumblr).
- 2014 marked the first year Zelda Informer was mobile friendly.
Honestly, all of you are why we’re here every single day giving you our very best, while striving to be better and be the best version of a site that we can be. You guys make us tick, and we hope you continue to be entertained, enthralled, and engaged in everything we’re doing here in 2015. Happy New Years folks. The fan art above is from here. We’ll end this with our site’s overall new year’s resolution between us and you fans:
- We promise to increase the quality and usefulness of our walkthroughs and game guides.
- We promise to continue to work on and make strides in improving the quality of our writing.
- We promise, above all else, to be consistent in the projects we have coming. Be it daily debates, contests, or video features. We want you to be able to rely on us keeping these projects constantly flowing, instead of stopping and starting seemingly at random.
- We promise to make our wiki an information destination, rather than an afterthought.
- We promise to listen to your feedback as much as possible, because ultimately this site exists for you, so it should serve the desires of as many Zelda fans as possible. We want you to be able to rely on us for all things Zelda.