A birthday is always nice, of course, but a birthday works really well. In 2021, there will be several games that will reach a milestone in 2021 that should be celebrated. Are the developers and publishers going to unbox these games? We hope so, but at least we’re putting the games in the spotlight!
Original Release Date: February 21, 1986 (Japan), August 22, 1987 (United States), November 27, 1987 (Europe)
We start with the biggest anniversary of 2021, as The Legend of Zelda turns 35 this year. On February 21, it will be exactly 35 years since the release of the first game in the now legendary series. The action / adventure title in which you play Link and must save Princess Zelda was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
Over a year later, the game has also come to the West of the World. On August 22, 1987, the game appeared in the United States, while Europe did not appear until November 27 of the same year. For the time it was natural, making the legend of Zelda a golden legend cartridge received.
It remains to be seen whether a new part of the series will be released in 2021. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 is slated, but has not yet received a release date for 2021. However, the large-scale celebration of the 35th anniversary by Super Mario Bros. hope for fans of the iconic Zelda series.
Original release date: June 23, 1991 (US), July 1991 (Japan and Europe)
Another video game icon celebrating an anniversary this year is Sonic. The SEGA mascot debuted on June 21, 1991 in Sonic the Hedgehog for SEGA Genesis. When it was unveiled at CES 1991 that year, the game was hailed as the most impressive title in the series.
The question remains whether this wonderful age will be celebrated in 2021. Sonic had a movie in 2020 (with a sequel in the works), but in terms of games, the SEGA icon has been dry for a while. The last title dates back to 2019 and it was more of a spin-off within the series, namely Team Sonic Racing.
Ico (20 years)
Ten years after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, a title came out that was iconic for PlayStation 2. Of course, we mean Ico, the award-winning action / adventure title from Japan Studio and Team Ico. The PS2 game has been known as one of the best games ever made for almost two decades.
It all has to do with how the game was designed by Fumito Ueda. The brain also later created Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian. The anniversary probably won’t be celebrated in a big way, although there is of course a chance that more details on Ueda’s new title will be revealed this year. It has been working since 2018.
Okami will also be celebrating his birthday in 2021. It’s the 15th anniversary of this sleek action title in which you, as Amaterasu, travel a beautifully designed world. With a mix of action, platform and puzzle, gamers were constantly amazed in 2006 when the game first appeared on PlayStation 2 and Wii.
The game has since appeared on many other platforms. For example, the game is now also playable on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The perfect way to celebrate the 15th anniversary is to give the game a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S version, but the question of course is whether that will happen.
Anyone talking about a birthday in 2021 can’t forget that it’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s tenth anniversary. The game, which can now be played on almost any platform for the past ten years, will turn ten in November. The now iconic title kicked off a whole new generation of games.
With Skyrim, Bethesda has managed to reinvent the great games of the open world, so to speak. Since then, many studios have looked at Skyrim’s success and raised the bar even higher (The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt). The only question is when will the sixth part finally appear. Ten years after Part 5, we still know very little about The Elder Scrolls VI.