In last week’s Nintendo Direct, an HD port of Skyward Sword was announced, but Zelda’s anniversary has not been properly addressed. Following the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise, and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Pokemon series, Nintendo appeared to have skipped the celebration this time around.
The original Legend of Zelda game was released on February 21, 1986, on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Since then the franchise has expanded to 19 major games and a range of spin-offs including a TV series and manga adaptations.
Many fans used the tag #Zelda35th to share their fan art, cosplays, and opinions on the games. Twitter user @Akakioga shared these Breath of the Wild inspired costumes:
Happy #Zelda35th! LoZ has ways been a childhood staple in my life. Seeing how it's grown from when I started to now is such a great experience!
I can't wait to see where they take it next!❤️ pic.twitter.com/dMdHR7ZW5T
— Akakioga @ Shadowlands! (@Akakioga) February 21, 2021
Another fan detailed their plans for the anniversary, saying “Nintendo may not be doing anything but I fully intend to celebrate by sticking my head in a pile of snow and then screaming for eight hours”.
— hibernating in an ikea bunk bed until july 16th (@nikiforcvs) February 21, 2021
American actor and cosplayer Mica Burton, who said the Zelda games “mean the absolute world to me”, also shared her tribute to the franchise.
Happy #Zelda35th anniversary!! This series means the absolute world to me and I’m so happy my love for it has brought so much light into my life. Can’t wait to do more Zelda cosplays!
— Mica Burton (@MicaBurton) February 21, 2021
Some fans shared images of their collections, spanning the length of the series’ run.
Yeah I like Zelda. 😝
Happy 35th to The Legend of Zelda! This series has been ingrained into my life, and means the world to me. Met many wonderful friends and made timeless memories. I can’t wait to see where the franchise goes next! ❤️❤️❤️ #Zelda35th #Zelda pic.twitter.com/2wJasiGiYN
— Alexander Trevino (@TrainerTrevino) February 21, 2021
Some journalists have even hinted that remakes of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess could be released on Switch but had just missed the announcement via the Direct.