Nintendo spent the first 15 minutes of their conference celebrating the 25 year anniversary of its amazing franchise “The Legend of Zelda” by bringing in a full orchestra and showing clips of past Zelda games. It was entertaining to see Shigeru Miyamoto pretend to open a treasure chest to the famous tune of Zelda music. Miyamoto also mentioned that the same orchestra that was playing would be going on tour and even come out with a soundtrack in honor of Zelda’s 25 year run.
Oh, and Miyamoto also mentioned some stuff about gaming which included some footage of “The Ocarina of Time” on the 3DS. Of course this game looked amazing and once it releases June 19th it should occupy most 3DS’s. It was also announced that Link’s Awakening is now available for download on the Game Boy Virtual Console, so those looking to go back to their roots or those who haven’t played it, now get an opportunity to the enjoy the goodness that is Zelda. There was more good news for handheld games as Miyamoto announced that “The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords” would available as a free download in September on your Nintendo DSi.
Then of course there was the latest version; “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” made an appearance as well we got to see some footage as well as some gameplay. The gameplay looks like classic Zelda, with hidden switches, cool items, and challenging dungeons with plenty of enemies. Eric Peterson, Localization Producer, mentioned in an interview with Gamespot that this game will tell the story of the forging of the Master Sword and the events from this game will lead up to “The Ocarina of Time” which brings up a lot more questions for the story. Of course, all these are questions that will probably have to wait to be answered when Skyward Sword comes out, this holiday season on the Wii.