Yesterday, Twitter user Wario64 broke the story that leaked Switch placeholders for Metroid Prime Trilogy and A Link to the Past appeared on the Best Buy website. While Trilogy has been long rumored by Nintendo fans with the upcoming release of Prime 4, the Legend of Zelda title took many fans by surprise given the recent announcement of Link’s Awakening during the last Direct. While many fans quickly took the announcement to mean a reboot or remaster of the seminal SNES classic, the title could be something even more exciting, an anthology collection of older Zelda titles on par with the Gamecube’s 2003 The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition. Sound crazy? Hear me out.
Instead of rebooting another top-down classic in 2019, Nintendo could finally be releasing the anthology collection of SNES, Gameboy, and N64 titles that fans have been clamoring for. Although releasing a collection title like this would surely devalue these classic IP’s that they could easily charge full retail for, it is important to remember that these SNES and N64 Zelda titles have been available on a variety of systems for quite some time. Ocarina of Time alone has seen releases on 5 consoles (N64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, 3ds). An anthology title would surely “link the past” between the older and newer generation to give a new Switch audience a different perspective on the Hyrule that they were introduced to in Breath of the Wild. Releasing a Zelda anthology alongside a Metroid anthology would create a perfect balance of franchises and ensure that the hype remains constant throughout 2019.
Wishful thinking? Maybe (probably), but Nintendo re-releasing these classic titles is definitely more of a matter of “when” rather than “if.” Time will tell, but for now, a fanboy can always dream.