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Nintendo Celebrates Zelda Anniversary With New Zelda Games For All Systems


Zelda was the main theme as Nintendo kicked off its E3 press conference today. Following a live orchestral performance of Zelda music, Zelda and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage to outline some of the company's 25th anniversary plans for the series.

Nintendo will be celebrating the anniversary with Zelda games for all platforms, Miyamoto said. He mentioned our games, one new, three previously announced:

  • The Legend of Zelda Links Awakening is available today throughout the world as the first Game Boy Color game on the 3DS e-Shop. Regarding Link's Awakening, Miyamoto said it was "created with the most unbridaled creativity of any game in the series."
  • Next weekend, Ocarina of Time 3D will launch for 3DS around the world.
  • Nintendo will release a four player cooperative The Legend of Zelda Four Swords for DSi Ware. This will be a free download.
  • Finally, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, will be out worldwide this holiday season for Wii. Nintendo is also readying a gold Wiimote for the system.

Outside of the game releases, Nintendo will celebrate the franchise's music through concerts and CDs. The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Concert will be held in each region of the world this Fall.

Nintendo will also release a music CDs. First up is the Ocarina of Time 3D official soundtrack. This will be available as a free gift to Club Nintendo members. The other CD is based off the concerts and will be used in conjunction with the release of Skyward Sword

There will be other anniversary announcements as well, Miyamoto said in closing.

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