Nintendo is celebrating the Legend of Zelda's anniversary
The Legend of Zelda franchise is turning 30 this year. Image from YouTube.

Nintendo will release more content on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not hit stores until 2017, but Nintendo is going to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Zelda franchise by releasing new content. It was revealed by Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé during the latest Nintendo direct presentation.

Yesterday, Nintendo announced it had made available the Wii title ‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’ for purchase and download on the Wii U eShop. A Special Zelda Amiibo and a Zelda art book from Dark Horse Comics are also coming.

The Japanese company didn’t disclose any further information on Skyward Sword’s re-release for the Wii U Virtual Console. So it seems the game will come in its original version without remastering or updates. The sixteenth mainline entry in the Zelda series was originally released in 2011.

Breath of the Wild, Zelda’s upcoming installment, is being developed by Nintendo for the Wii U and the company’s future platform, codenamed NX. With a March 2017 release date, the title will feature open world gameplay.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is back!

The 2011 title was originally released for Wii to worldwide acclaim, with its control method being the only weakness. It meant to show off the capabilities of the new Wii MotionPlus but instead left players with a strange control scheme.

Like with all Virtual Console games for Wii U, the Wii original will cost gamers $19.99 at the Nintendo eShop. Since it is a Wii U Virtual Console title, instead of a port to the Wii U, it is still unclear if a Wii Remote is required to play it.

Skyward Sword takes place at the beginning of the Zelda continuity. It details the origins of the Master Sword, a recurring weapon within the series. Feedback on this game has influenced the development of the next entry for home consoles, Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo will release a new set of amiibos as part of the celebration

Meanwhile, the Special Zelda Amiibo will hit stores shelves this winter and fans can now pre-order an art book based on the series from Dark Horse Comics.

The Zelda-themed amiibo includes an 8-bit Link, Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and figures for both Toon Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Nintendo will release them on December 2.

Fils-Aimé said this new amiibo would function as standard Link and Zelda amiibo in existing games with amiibo support like Hyrule Warriors for Wii U, Hyrule Warriors Legends for 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U. They will also work with Breath of the Wild.

Additionally, Nintendo revealed several new 3DS games on today’s live stream. Wii U titles Yoshi’s Woolly World, Super Mario Maker and Pikmin Adventure are all heading to the handheld.

Source: Engadget‎