The Legend of Zelda’s 35th Anniversary is officially here, and first in line to celebrate is Masahiro Sakurai. Continuing his habit of recreating a game as best he can in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in order to celebrate their birthdays, he’s shared a recreation of the original NES Zelda’s final battle with Ganon as well as a personal anecdote.

Looking back to the original release in 1986, Sakurai remembers picking it up the day it released and shares that the title screen’s showcase of the game’s items (or “All of Treasures” if you prefer) was particularly exciting. He also alludes to Link’s optimal loadout in the end game, hence the red tunic for the Smash screenshot. Too bad Young Link had to bring Fire Arrows to a Silver Arrow kinda fight though…

That’s not the only anniversary being celebrated today, though, as it’s also Star Fox’s 28th birthday! Fox McCloud first flew his Arwing on the Super Famicom back in 1993. That these two iconic games from Shigeru Miyamoto would release on the same day is noteworthy, but Star Fox couldn’t have taken flight without Argonaut Games’ Super FX chip. Sakurai specifically shouts out the coprocessor, which is why we’ve got Andross’ polygonal face as an Assist Trophy.

You can celebrate these shared anniversaries by checking out both of the original games via the Nintendo Switch Online’s NES and SNES libraries, but consider having Link and Fox face off in Smash Ultimate before the day is done.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

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  1. Greatsong says:

    Atleast Sakurai acknowledged Zelda’s 35th anniversary, its really disheartening that Nintendo and even Miyamoto is so quiet on anything Zelda and let the 35th anniversary date (February 21) pass by. I have heard before from some fans how Nintendo in recent years starts to favor two over one of the “big 3” (Mario and Pokemon over Zelda) for various reasons. I never really believed them and still don’t but I can’t help but feel that Zelda keeps getting the end of the stick nowadays, first in Smash Bros content and now this. They heavily celebrated Mario’s 35th last year with remastered games, merchandise and whatnot but failed to acknowledge Zelda¨s historic date at all, not even a peep social media or anything, wtf?

    So far the only Zelda news is the announcement of a HD port of arguably the most ‘love-hate’ recevied Zelda game, sure its good news for those who may have missed the original, but the game wasn’t actually announced as part of any anniversary celebrations, it was likely planned to launch this year regardless. I’m honestly not that big of a Zelda fan but it saddens me to see Nintendo giving the franchise the cold shoulder like this. On the other hand, there’s no reason Nintendo can’t still do a stand-alone anniversary Direct presentation later down this year (the one for Mario last year also happened in the latter half of last year). And we are still (hopefully) getting BotW2 this year too.

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