Happy 35th, The Legend of Zelda, my favorite game series of all time! This overture was performed at E3 2011 for the 25th anniversary. It speaks volumes that the best game in the series hadn't even been dreamed up back then. Can't wait to see what's next! https://t.co/7ndZ2xbqp3— Peer Schneider (@PeerIGN) February 21, 2021
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The Legend of Zelda celebrated its 35th anniversary on February 21, 2021, and many from across the world shared incredible and heartwarming memories of this beloved franchise. However, Nintendo itself was surprisingly quiet about Link's latest birthday. The Legend of Zelda released on the NES in Japan on February 21, 1986, and it began a series that many regard as one of the best in all of video games. As its 35th anniversary drew closer, many expected a big celebration for The Legend of Zelda in the same way that Nintendo celebrated Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/02/17/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword-hd-nintendo-switch-announcement-trailer"] Last Wednesday, for the first time since September 4, 2019, we were treated to a proper Nintendo Direct. Many hoped and dreamed, especially with it occurring just four days before Zelda's 35th anniversary, that we would hear of Nintendo's plans to celebrate those who call Hyrule home. While we did get the exciting reveal that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and themed Joy-Con will be released on the Switch on July 16, the only other big Zelda news we received was that an update for Breath of the Wild 2 will hopefully arrive later this year and that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will be getting an expansion pass. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-zelda-review-score&captions=true"] Nintendo's social feeds made no mention of The Legend of Zelda's 35th anniversary on Sunday, February 21, though that's not particularly unusual for the company. For context, while Nintendo also did not celebrate Metroid's 30th Anniversary on Twitter in 2016, it did celebrate Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary on Twitter on the actual date. However, this didn't stop so many, including those from IGN (and me!), from sharing wonderful memories of how much Link, Zelda, and Hyrule mean to them.