The Legend of Zelda Turns 25 This Year

By Shawn Collier on February 21, 2011, 11:47PM EDT

Been having that nagging feeling today that you forgot an important date? Thought it might have been someone close to you? Well, it's not what you might initially think, but today did mark the anniversary of something important to gaming --- the 25th anniversary of long-running The Legend of Zelda franchise.

The series, which was released in Japan on February 21, 1986 on the NES (known as the Famicom over in Japan), ushered in a completely new era of adventure games with its unique expansive overworld that hadn't been seen in any other games during the time. The series has become one of Nintendo's most treasured properties with every one of their platforms having a title grace it, save the Virtual Boy.

Nintendo will be continuing the brand with the Summer 2011 release of the Nintendo 3DS port of the classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Alongside the Wii release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword later this year, Zelda fans should enjoy this year very, very much.

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