Zelda 25th-anniversary collection canned

It’s been revealed that Nintendo has no further plans to release an anniversary collection of one of the longest running franchises since time began: Zelda. Designer Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata explained that doing a collection of this kind two years in a row isn’t exactly the way Nintendo works, which is the reason Nintendo of Japan turned down Nintendo of America’s proposal.

Instead, the company will focus on trying to make this year a Zelda year without that collection. Soundtrack CDs will be given to select Ocarina of Time 3D and Skyward Sword buyers, Four Swords will be released for free via DSiWare and there will be a number of commemorative concerts. In addition, a golden Wii Remote will be made available alongside the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which will be released later this year. Of course, none of this is news considering Nintendo went through this at E3 earlier this month.

A bummer for some, obviously, but it’s not like there’s a lack of Zelda games. All of the above should be more than enough to remember the franchise is having an important birthday this year.