Although IGN is a general videogaming site, it’s no secret that they’ve got some huge Zelda fans on their staff.  Lucas Thomas over at IGN has compiled a list of all of the Zelda series’ great accomplishments in 2011 and put it all down onto a beautiful, flowing graphic.  The IGN team dubbed 2011 “The Year of Zelda” right from the very start, and after reviewing all of the triumphs that the series has had this year, you’re sure to agree.  Due to its long size (it does cover one of Zelda’s busiest years, after all!), the easiest way to view it is to head on over to IGN for yourself.  If you’d rather just read the text version, hit the jump below and read on.

  • February 21:  The Legend of Zelda celebrates its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter century since the game was first released in Japan.
  • June 7:  The Legend of Zelda:  Link’s Awakening DX is re-released for the 3DS virtual console, helping to launch the new Nintendo eShop.
  • Also June 7:  Nintendo shows off “The Legend of Zelda HD Experience” to E3 attendees, giving us a glimpse of what the series might look like on the Wii U.
  • June 17:  The Legend of Zelda:  Ocarina of Time 3D is released, finally giving early 3DS adopters a new physical game to buy for their starving systems.
  • August 8:  Nintendo announces the “Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote” contest, a month-long animation competition for artistic Zelda fans.
  • September 1:  As part of Nintendo’s apologetic Ambassador Program, the first two Zelda games are re-released as free downloads for early 3DS adopters.
  • September 19:  The Zelda series arrives on iPhone with “Ultimate iZelda Climb,” a shady, unlicensed use of Link’s likeness.
  • September 28:  The Legend of Zelda:  Four Swords Anniversary Edition is released as a free download through DSiWare.
  • October 21:  The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert series opens at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.  The tour will continue through 2012.
  • November 13:  Super Mario 3D Land is released, containing World 5-2, the Mario series’ first level created as a direct homage to The Legend of Zelda.
  • November 20:  After a half decade of development, The Legend of Zelda:  Skyward Sword is finally released.  It immediately becomes the fastest selling Zelda game ever, and earns a perfect 10 from IGN.
  • December 16:  The year comes to a close with one last Zelda release, a re-issue of The Legend of Zelda:  The Minish Cap for 3DS Ambassadors.

With seven different games launched, the 25th anniversary celebrated, and a glimpse of the future, 2011 truly was “The Year of Zelda.”  Even since this graphic was created, more surprises have arisen, such as the release of an official Zelda timeline.  Of all the amazing triumphs, which was your personal favorite?

Source:  IGN.