3DS getting Link's Awakening today, Four Swords for free

Nintendo announced plans for Zelda's 25th anniversary, including Link's Awakening available on the 3DS eShop today, Four Swords for free in September, a series of concerts, and two music CDs.

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[Update] Link's Awakening DX (the GBC version) is now available on the Virtual Console in North America for $5.99, a bit more expensive than we've seen from the other VC offerings so far.

[Original Story] At today's E3 press briefing, Nintendo outlined plans for the Zelda 25th Anniversary. Today, the recently added 3DS eShop will get the Game Boy Color version of Link's Awakening. In addition, Nintendo will be giving away the 4-player cooperative game Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for free as DSiWare in September.

Nintendo also announced a series of 25th anniversary symphonic concerts celebrating music from the series, planned for each region. The company is planning two CDs too -- one given away free for early registrants of Ocarina of Time 3D, and another based on the symphony concerts.

The company promised "other activities and events" for the anniversary to come.

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    June 7, 2011 9:25 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, 3DS getting Link's Awakening today, Four Swords for free.

    Nintendo announced plans for Zelda's 25th anniversary, including Link's Awakening available on the 3DS eShop today, Four Swords for free in September, a series of concerts, and two music CDs.

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      June 7, 2011 9:39 AM

      This this in general or does it need to be downloaded today? Because I will buy a 3DS today if I have too.

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        June 7, 2011 10:34 AM

        Does anyone know if the Free Link is today only? I would prefer not to have to buy a N3DS today, but since I feel like I'll buy one when Mario 3DS comes out I'd be foolish to pass up a free game.

        Also, can the 3DS download DSi games? And it has its own 3DS store?

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          June 7, 2011 10:37 AM

          Is Link's Awakening free? I thought it was just releasing today, but you still had to pay. I know Excitebike is free at the moment, and Four Swords is free later.

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            June 7, 2011 10:40 AM

            I think you are right. I got to excited and blended the two sentences. I guess I can wait until September.

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      June 7, 2011 10:23 AM

      I don't own a 3DS yet, so I'm a bit confused. I can't get Four Swords for free because I don't own a DSi? Or is there a DSiWare store on the 3DS?

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      June 7, 2011 10:29 AM

      A free Zelda multiplayer game for the 3Ds? Does Nintendoo need something to help promote the 3Ds's social aspects? Anyway, FREE ZELDA GAME!

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      June 7, 2011 10:40 AM

      No free Zelda until Four Swords in September, only "3D Classics Excitebike"