Before the celebrations for the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda saga begin, we ventured to determine which games would be included in The Zelda Collection, a compilation cartridge for Nintendo Switch with the best 3D installments of the saga.
Nintendo celebrates this year the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda saga; On February 21, 1986, the first The Legend of Zelda was released for the NES / Famicom in Japan. And we hope that the company celebrates this date in style. If 2020 was the year of Super Mario Bros, Link is going to take over for the next several months.
At the moment the company has not confirmed which are the planned launches for the anniversary, both games for Nintendo Switch as new amiibo, merchandising… However, we can compare with the product line that has been launched during these months to celebrate the year of Mario.
The anniversary of Super Mario Bros. ends with the launch of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on February 12. It is the icing on a cake that includes Super Mario 3D All Stars (the cartridge that collects Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy), the portable Game & Watch Super Mario Bros, the augmented reality game Mario Kart Live Home Circuit , and the downloadable title Super Mario 35.
Notes, sales and duration of the Zelda saga
Considering Mario’s anniversary, What do we expect in the year of Zelda? Of course, the highlight will be the launch of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, of which we have had new details through a publicity leaflet. BOTW 2 will be a direct sequel to the 2017 game, with a darker tone.
Link and Zelda join forces to face a new appearance from Ganondorf; The game will take place in the dungeons under Hyrule Castle. As Eiji Aonuma explained, it is based on the ideas that were proposed as DLC for the first Breath of The Wild, so we expect the open world mechanics to return, along with more conventional dungeons., in the style of previous games in the series.
Breath of the Wild 2 has no release date, but to satisfy our cravings to tour Hyrule, a few months ago Nintendo released Hyrule Warriors The Age of Cataclysm, set in the world of BOTW. If you want more details, here you can read our analysis of Zelda Hyrule Warriors Age of Cataclysm.
The games in The Zelda Collection
In addition to this cartridge, we await the launch of a compilation game of the previous games in the saga, The Legend of Zelda Collection would be a compilation of the main games of the saga in 3D (Please note that the main 2D installments, The Legend of Zelda for the NES and A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo, are available through Nintendo Switch Online and are also included on the NES Mini and SNES Mini consoles.)
But what will be the games included in this compilation? Again, we remind you that this is a speculation based on the releases of Mario’s anniversary. We bet because the cartridge will feature The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD (the remastered version for Wii U that was released from the GameCube game).
Wind Waker reunites us with Link, Zelda and Ganon. With the dungeons, the chests and the Triforce. The audacity of The Wind Waker it lies in building all those elements on a radically different setting: the sea. To travel from one island to another, from a fortress to a temple, it is necessary to sail the waters aboard Red Figurehead, a ship endowed with a voice and conscience, who will become Link’s guardian and main ally in this adventure. This adds an extra dose of exploration to The Wind Waker, since we will not only track islands and islets, but also what is hidden under the depths of the ocean.
The strong points of the game are completed with the use of the baton of the winds to help us in navigation, and a “cartoonish” visual style featuring the most expressive Link in the series, able to give us clues during exploration with his gaze. If we have bet on HD version of the game is because it introduced the hero mode (with more difficulty), a new sail that allowed to navigate at twice the speed and some changes in the search for the Triforce.
If you want to discover more details about The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker, here is our analysis of the game on Wii U. And now, let’s go for the second game in the compilation, which in this case is one of the games that appeared on the GameCube and also on the Nintendo Wii, and subsequently received a remastering for Wii U: The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD.
Twilight princess contrasted with the “animated” aesthetic of The Wind Waker, and presented us with the opposite: a Adult link in a dark and gloomy world, with a story told in a more serious and disturbing tone. The new villain Zant, had usurped the throne of the Twilight Realm and subsequently invaded Hyrule, bringing the domain of shadows to the world of light and sowing chaos and darkness.
The structure of Twilight princess reminds a lot of Ocarina of Time, and the game takes place in a very similar world (it could be said that the same one, after having evolved over time). Many of the locations of the mythical N64 game are also present, although of course in Twilight princess have been redesigned and are more spacious and different: the Hyrule castle, the Hylia Lake and the Death Mountain are some of them.
The HD version of the game (based on the GameCube title and not the Wii title) incorporated hero mode, a controller compatible with a gamepad or pro controller, and changes in development: in the original game there was a task that was done excessively heavy: the one to collect light dew in each region to end the darkness that consumed them. Now you only have to find and eliminate 12 insects in each region to successfully complete this mission, instead of the 16 in the original.
The number of rupees that we could carry, and a new object called spectral lamp with which we could more easily find the ghost souls. And if you were wondering … Link was left-handed again. You can find many more details about the original in our review of The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess for Wii U.
The previous two games already had implemented some functions that will return on Nintendo Switch, such as the use of amiibo to unlock special functions. And we can take for granted that With the anniversary of the saga, new figures based on the saga will go on sale.
As for the third game included in The Legend of Zelda Collection, the choice seems more complicated. The most logical thing would be to think of a conversion of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, which was released for the Wii and required the use of Wii Motion Plus to make the motion sensor sword control more accurate.
However, we bet that this game could be released independently (a HD remake with adapted controls), as it has been leaked on different occasions. The latest, last summer, when the game was listed on Amazon UK as a standalone release.
Eiji Aonuma himself dropped the possibility that Skyward Sword came to Switch through a statement on Twitter, during one of the concerts of the saga, in 2018. If this game is released independently, what title will complete The Legend of Zelda Collection?
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (GAMEFESET 2011)
A similar case occurs with The Legend of Zelda The Phantom Hourglass, a title that was initially released for Nintendo DS in 2007 and was adapted for the Wii U virtual console. Today we echo that the game has been registered in Australia, and that reinforces the theory of this Zelda Collection for Switch.
We discarded Majora’s Mask, because it is a sequel … and the only one we have left is The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. As with Mario 64 in Super Mario 3D All Stars, it is the way to have the most revolutionary installment on Nintendo Switch (and one of the best video games of all time, if not the best). Here you can read our original review of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.
Our bet is that the version of Ocarina of Time would include some of the elements that appeared in the version for Nintendo 3DS, such as the aids that -among other things- made the temple of water much more affordable and the improvements in the textures, although in this case we don’t expect a fully remastered version.
As a pre-order campaign for Wind Waker for GameCube, it was edited a version of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time that also included the Master Quest version (with changes in the dungeons) and it seems like a perfect opportunity to recover this version, which initially only the few users who had the 64 DD for N64 could enjoy.
This is our bet regarding the collection of games, in the absence of an official confirmation in an upcoming Zelda Direct that is rumored to be imminent. And what better way to celebrate the anniversary than with three games (Collection, Skyward Sword and BOTW 2? Stalls to order, it is time to continue our collection with a Game & Watch The Legend of Zelda, and with new editions of the console, with exclusive colors.