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Nintendo axes plans for Zelda anniversary collection

Friday, 17th June 2011 02:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo won’t be releasing a Zelda game collection to mark the franchise’s 25th anniversary.

According to Nintendo World‘s translation of a recent episode of Iwata Asks, Nintendo of America proposed a Zelda collection similar to last year’s Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition.

Nintendo Japan ruled it out, with designer Shigeru Miyamoto and president Satoru Iwata suggesting that to do a collection two years in a row wasn’t like Nintendo.

Zelda’s birthday will instead be marked by two soundtrack CDs, the free release of Four Sword through DSiWare, a limited edition gold WiiMote for Skyward Sword, and several commemorative concerts.

If that weren’t enough to wound fans, Miyamoto mused through the rest of the interview that he would like to be able to use Zelda’s characters in different roles rather than sticking to canon, and wishes players wouldn’t put so much emphasis on the story. Ouch. So much for your “DOWN WITH GANON” tattoo.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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6 Comments

  1. TVs Everywhere

    Nintendo Japan ruled it out, with designer Shigeru Miyamoto and president Satoru Iwata suggesting that to do a collection two years in a row wasn’t like Nintendo.

    But somehow Nintendo doesn’t find it objectionable at all to just repackage an SNES game for the “Mario” anniversary? Really.

    Looks like they came at a crossroad. Either they do a Zelda collection PROPERLY or just be lazyasses and do nothing at all. And “nothing at all” won out.

    Remind me why I should be excited for the Wii U again when Nintendo doesn’t even feel the need to respect their own legendary franchises properly?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    I hate shit like that. It wouldn’t be like Nintendo? Why? What is Nintendo like? It’s pure PR speak for “We’re not doing it because, for various reasons, it wouldn’t be worth it.”

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Why not just do discounts on all the Virtual Console Zeldas for a week or something?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Zurtech

    @Blerk Agreed.

    Still got my GC Zelda Collection on my shelf, so why not just release that via the stars catalog again?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. locus2k1

    This on top of seeing no ruppees inside the Zelda 3DS box like the americas got… what a depressing Friday :(

    Oh well, I have Zeld OoT 3D to play to make friday enjoyable :D

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Nintendo has been giving me more and more reasons not to like them as of late.

    #6 3 years ago

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