Nintendo plans worldwide celebrations for Zeldas 25th anniversary

first_imgAt the beginning of Nintendo‘s E3 event yesterday, Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who dreamt up the iconic game franchise that’s come to define RPGs in a number of ways, took the stage first to announce the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda franchise. He took time out at the beginning of the presentation to announce some goodies for Zelda fans, a worldwide concert tour of orchestral performances of Zelda music, and to chat about the future of the Zelda franchise.Miyamoto walked onstage just after an orchestral performance of Zelda music through the ages accompanied by a highlight reel of Zelda games from the original NES title to clips from the upcoming Wii title, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Skyward Sword looks beautiful, but he didn’t start off discussing it. Instead, he announced that 3DS owners would get the new 3DS version of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time next week, and that in September, all DSi owners would get a free download of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, complete with the online co-op multiplayer that’s made the game so popular.He also spent some time playing with the orchestra just below the stage, coaxing them into playing some of the classic medleys from Zelda games that we all know and love, like the “Fairy Fountain” medley and the jingle you hear when you open a treasure chest or obtain an item.Miyamoto took the opportunity to also announce there would be a worldwide orchestral concert tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, with tour dates coming soon. He noted that Nintendo would also release a pair of CDs full of Zelda music. First, he announced the Ocarina of Time original soundtrack, which will be a gift to the first players who register the game at Club Nintendo. He went on to note that there would be a Legend of Zelda symphony CD, with music from the global concert tour, that would be released in conjunction with the launch of Skyward Sword this fall.Miyamoto also tipped that there would be additional 25th anniversary events to be announced soon.Read more at CNetlast_img