The original Legend of Zelda on NES went on sale in Japan 25 year ago today. Link and the Zelda series continue to be among the worlds most recognized gaming icons. There has been a Legend of Zelda game on every Nintendo console (and one random other one) since the original NES. Many of those games became generation-defining experiences across each Nintendo console, including Ocarina of Time for the N64, which is often regarded as the single best game ever made. (I’m more of a Link to the Past guy, myself)
So Happy Birthday to Link, Zelda, Gannon and all of their adventures. Let’s hope Skyward Sword is your best game yet!
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Nintendo conceded today that Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will likely be delayed from “early this year”, til Fall. Nintendo had said the game be would be at the beginning of 2011, but with very little shown of the game since E3, a delay seemed likely.
At a recent quarterly financial presentation, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the upcoming Ocarina of Time remake for the DS is expected to ship before Skyward Sword. At the 3DS presentation in New York, Nintendo said Zelda would not be released in the console’s extended launch period, which will last from the Console initial release on March 27th through this year’s E3, which ends on June 9th.
Knowing all that, Iwata basically said the game will be released no earlier than mid-june. AAA titles are almost never released during the summer, so realistically the game has chance of actually hitting shelves before September.
In a publicity segment called “Iwata says”, where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata talks to developers about their Nintendo projects, the prez said that he thought the visuals in Capcom’s upcoming “Monster Hunter Tri” are the best visuals in a Wii game to date, and that the game has drawn out Nintendo’s competitive side:
“I can tell Nintendo’s staff has really been galvanized by you. I can tell they feel like you did what they hadn’t yet… Looking at the graphics objectively, I feel like the game’s visuals are one of the representative examples of what can ultimately be done with Wii. I think it has placed the “Zelda” team under a considerable amount of pressure.”
This may be a matter of translation or my having seen to many movies with sinister executive, but that last statement about the Zelda team sounds more like a threat than a simple comment. Either way, in my mind, the gauntlet has been thrown and will now be comparing the two from now on.
As for “Monster Hunter Tri”, you can see for yourself how nerve-wrackingly good the visuals are when the game is released on April 20’th.