The Legend of Zelda Game & Watch revealed at Nintendo Direct E3 2021

In honor of The Legend of Zelda's 35th anniversary, we're getting a new Game & Watch handheld dedicated to Zelda, and it's coming in November.


During Mario’s 35th anniversary, one of the cooler reveals for the entire event was that we got an all-new Game & Watch commemorative handheld to mark the event. Now, with The Legend of Zelda similarly experiencing its own milestone anniversary this year, Nintendo is giving it the same love. We’re going to be getting a new The Legend of Zelda Game & Watch handheld, featuring several classic Zelda games and some fun clock options.

The Legend of Zelda Game & Watch handheld system was announced during the Nintendo Direct E3 2021 presentation on June 15, 2021. The system commemorates Zelda’s 35th anniversary and features a number of classic games including the original The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda 2: Link’s Adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and the classic Game & Watch Vermin game with a stylized Link sprite. It will be launching on November 12, 2021 on the Nintendo Store website.

As mentioned before, this is the second of one of these styles of Game & Watch anniversary handhelds. The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld came out on November 2020 featuring similar nostalgic fun, such as the first Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and a Super Mario-styled version of original Game & Watch game Ball. It also featured a fun clock element full of easter eggs to discover.

This latest Game & Watch for The Legend of Zelda seems more fleshed out and fun, featuring not only three quality classics from the franchise, but also a clock and timer with further interactable elements this time - as in you can actually move and play Link in the clock screen.

With a November 2021 launch date, the Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda handheld looks like another really enjoyable collectable whether you want to play your way down memory lane, keep a nice Zelda-themed desk clock, or just add it to your shelf as an fun anniversary knick-knack. Stay tuned for more updates on pre-orders and further E3 2021 coverage right here at Shacknews.

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