New trademark registrations in Australia may hint at a 35th anniversary compilation for The Legend Of Zelda on Switch.
In our review of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury we mused over the fact that Nintendo has nearly run out of big name Wii U games to port to the Switch, with Xenoblade Chronicles X being the only one left that’s still likely to make the jump.
Nobody’s going to be queuing up for Switch versions of Star Fox Zero or Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush but there does remain two other possibilities: the Wii U remasters of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess.
That would mean they’d end up as remasters of remasters but fans have spotted two new trademarks registrations that could point to exactly that happening, at least when it comes to The Wind Waker.
French fan Kelios has discovered that new trademarks for The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass have been registered in Australia, which has led to speculation that the games could be forming part of a 35th anniversary compilation for The Legend Of Zelda.
Nintendo made a big fuss out of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. last year but doesn’t seem to be acknowledging the fact that the far more significant 40th anniversary of Mario and Donkey Kong is this year – which makes it very hard to predict how much importance they attach to Zelda’s anniversary.
Why you’d pick The Wind Waker to represent the series is a mystery too, as while it has many positive qualities, and is certainly better than Twilight Princess, it’s overall not one of the better entries in the franchise.
Phantom Hourglass was a direct sequel to The Wind Waker but while it worked very well on the DS we’re not sure how it’d brush up on the Switch, although it was available on the Wii U’s Virtual Console.
The third game in the ‘Celda’ trilogy was Spirit Tracks, also for the DS, but there doesn’t seem to be any hint of that returning.
As ever with Nintendo it’s impossible to guess what’s going on, especially with such limited information, but there certainly is reason to hope now, that some kind of anniversary release might be happening.
The first The Legend Of Zelda come out on February 21, 1986 though, so if Nintendo are going to hit that date you’d expect an announcement any day now…
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