The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary

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The Legend of Zelda was released in the year 1986 in Japan and 25 years later Nintendo started a worldwide celebration in honor of the silver anniversary of that game. 2011 would turn out to be a great year for Zelda fans. From the release and re-release of games across all current Nintendo consoles to a symphony series that was set to continue into 2012, the 25th anniversary of this series was a celebration not to forget.

Games Released and Re-Released

There were many games released during this anniversary. One of the releases (that wasn't part of the 25th Anniversary celebration) was the Nintendo Selects release of Twilight Princess. But now, back to the celebration releases. The first of which included the re-release of Link's Awakening DX on the Nintendo eshop and DSiware. Nothing really new was added except for the ability to suspend play and make restore points; both of which improved gameplay drastically. The next to come was the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time titled Ocarina of Time 3D for the Nintendo 3DS. The remake polished the original to make it even greater, adding better graphics and controls, among other things. After that was the release of the Four Swords Anniversary Edition, which added a single player mode, wireless connectivity, and extra levels to the original Four Swords. Then, included in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program lineup were re-releases of The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and The Minish Cap. Last but not least is Skyward Sword. A brand new game, that promised to be one of the greatest Zelda adventures yet.

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony

Along with the games Nintendo set up a symphony series. The first appearance was a preview of symphony at Nintendo's Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation. Months later it debuted in Japan, then Los Angeles, and lastly London. The series was set to continue in 2012 with the The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Flipnote Contest

Nintendo also set up a world-wide Flipnote contest (Flipnotes are animations created using a Nintendo DSi). The winners were decided by the developers and then compiled into videos showing developer comments before each video.