Highs and lows of 25th Anniversary celebrations

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Highs and lows of 25th Anniversary celebrations
Which have been memorable and which are better forgotten?
Earlier we announced the rather impressive spread that Capcom is putting on for Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary. Gaming has finally reached the point where a few different franchises are hitting that milestone. Some have stayed in the public eye with varying degrees of success, but not all 25th Anniversary celebrations were created equal. Let’s take a look at a couple of the most notable. Feel free to post your favourites or the celebrations that you were most disappointed by.

Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
This collection has it all really. It’s unlikely that fans have missed out on the games themselves, but Capcom has also included a range of movies, an artbook, Ryu’s belt, a Ryu statue, and a soundtrack. It’s a comprehensive collection for Street Fighter fans and thankfully goes beyond a repackaging of things that most would already own. The price tag of $149.99 isn’t the most offputting either which is almost surprising in a way.

PacMan
PacMan turned 25 in 2005, so it has passed yet another milestone since, but for the 25th Anniversary Namco wanted to appeal to the truly dedicated fans. It made a special 25th Anniversary edition of the old arcade machine with Ms. PacMan and Galaga included for good measure. This celebration wasn’t designed to sell to the mass market as it came with a price tag of approximately $3,000, but it’s nice to see something aimed at the hardcore. More conservative PacMan fans can always revisit their fond memories of the series thanks to multiple clones, spin-offs and updates. New PacMan games range from the traditional game with familiar gameplay mechanics to the turbo charged Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. Did you know that the original name for Pac-man was Puck-man? Not because he looks like a puck, but because paku-paku means to flap one's mouth open and closed. They changed it because they were afraid of people changing the name, like scratching out the middle part of the P.

Super Mario
Super Mario’s 25th Anniversary was a lukewarm affair. The collection, titled Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition, was released for the Wii and contained a booklet about Mario’s history and the people involved, a soundtrack featuring songs and effects from a variety of games and a port of Super Mario All-Stars from the SNES. The collection of games was released for $30, $9 more than buying the titles digitally but then again it did come with a couple of extras.

The Legend of Zelda
2011 became the year of Zelda with Nintendo releasing Link's Awakening in the 3DS's Virtual Console, the 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a Four Swords Anniversary Edition as a free DSiWare download, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii. A special and run of The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS was also released. This console came emblazoned with Hyrulian logos, borders and color schemes along with a copy of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Legend of Zelda fans were certainly kept occupied for a while.

Metroid
Unfortunately for Samus, the 25th Anniversary of the Metroid series came and went without fanfare. Nintendo didn’t seem to acknowledge the milestone, so it was left up to the fans to pick up the slack with musical tributes and showcases of artistic talent. Nintendo has remained quiet ever since the milestone. While Metroid’s success hasn’t been the headline grabber of Mario’s for example, the series has continued steadily and still performs strongly. If it’s any consolation, Metroid made its U.S. debut in 1987 so we COULD see something this year. Or…it could be another year of disappointment for those who look up to Samus.


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