One of Nintendo’s greatest series–The Legend of Zelda–had its 25th anniversary end just two days ago, and while the celebration may not be quite over just yet, these past two days have given everyone some time to reflect on just what an amazing year we’ve all had as Zelda fans.

We got a grand total of five Zelda games, an entire symphony dedicated to only Zelda music, and the beloved Hyrule Historia. Skyward Sword was a great addition to our expansive library of Zelda games and the repackaging and distribution of Ocarina of Time 3D, Four Swords: Anniversary Edition, and Link’s Awakening DX has whetted our insatiable appetites. Minish Cap was graciously given to us by those in the 3DS’s Ambassador program and we have seen the possibilities of what a Wii U Zelda can bring to us in glorious HD.

Besides it being such a great year on the game front, there was also the release of Hyrule Historia, and at long last the official timeline; Zelda discussion has been top notch. We’ve gotten 25th anniversary posters, a Zelda-themed 3DS, and plenty of other goodies are still coming our way. What we have gotten is beyond what anyone could have imagined, especially after the drought of Zelda games in the 1990s. What we have gotten is amazing and we should all be thankful that Nintendo has respected and managed to keep such a great series running for so long.

But as Zelda fans its much more than games and merchandise being released, its the end of a generation in a sense. All the games before Skyward Sword are just warm ups for what the future of Zelda truly holds. From the Wii U demo we saw, all we want is a Hi-Def, next generation Zelda experience. Skyward Sword marked the beginning of the end of “those kind of Zelda” games we are all used to. As Zelda fans, we want more, we want the most Link can offer us. Our senses need to be pushed to the limit and while Skyward Sword was an awesome entry, I couldn’t help but feeling a little underwhelmed. We just want more.

And hopefully, more is what we’ll get. We won’t get it in this quality or quantity at least for another 25 years. But games will come and each release will be something to cherish, this I can guarantee. The 25th Anniversary site may be gone for now, but in its wake we are left with passion and fire in our bellies excited for what is to come.

This year will be remembered by Zelda fans for generations to come. We received a lot from Nintendo on the Zelda front these past 365 days and now it is time to simmer down and wait and watch for the next Zelda game to come. Enjoy some of this year’s games or enjoy some past ones while you wait, because the future always is something to look forward to. And it is no where near the twilight of Zelda. This is the Dawn of the Second Day, a new life into old classics. I am Error if I say otherwise.

Because the future is a secret to everyone.

  • Zelda3607

    ya I have the 1st comment! and also this 25th anniversary was awesome just like the super mario bros. 25th. To Zelda for being around a quarter of a century! *raises glass of pop.*

    • Zelda3607

      i meant to say yay oops

  • Prince_Deity

    Just wanted to point out that 2 days ago would have been the 26th anniversary…

    • bastian

      That's right. That's what the article is about. 😛 It should be clear from the title. 😛

  • PeacefullyCrazy

    See ya 25th. When we hit 50th……holy Talos…..PARTY ROCK.

  • Error

    I am Error =)

  • that guy

    it was a good 25th anniversary indeed. Lets look forward to more zelda filled years of triforce gathering, bottle collecting, fairy catching and putting Ganon in his place 🙂

  • Midna Fan

    This just made me sad, due to the article saying that we won't get as much zelda in one year as we had this last year. : P

  • We should all be jumping for joy because, even though 2011 truly was the year of Zelda, it's all just gonna get better from here. Here's to 25 more glorious years!

    • Disciple of Midna

      *raises bottle of milk* =D

  • name64

    25 years…here's hoping Nintendo can keep going with this franchise. Last thing I want to see is Zelda turn generic…

  • trinity waffles

    An amazing 25 years of Zelda! 25 years of amazing games, characters, music, and stories.
    2011 was a really great year for us. So much happened to keep as memories, and we'll make even more in the future.

  • David

    May the next 25 years bring us, and the next generation of gamers, some amazing Zelda games :')

  • Guest

    If you count the Minish Cap, shouldn't you also count The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link? That would make seven games released this year.

  • Baker1000

    I've played quite a few Zelda games this past year. It started out with Twilight Princess this time last year, and obviously there were all the downloadable versions we had and Ocarina in 3D. I'll be playing through Majora's Mask and Wind Waker at some point in the near future, so the celebration doesn't end here.

  • BlueBoy

    Man, when I started playing Zelda a few years ago, I instantly fell in love. The gameplay, the music, the story-telling were all great. All the unique characters and locations truly gave the games personality like no other game. Here's to another 25 years of the greatest video game franchise.
    Oh, speaking of the future, I couldn't care less for HD, as long as they don't use voice actors. I don't mind vocal samples like in Skyward Sword, but they have to keep text boxes in the game. To me they were always part of the charm and made the game stand out.

    • Medli

      You spoke my thoughts.