Original Zelda, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker heroes get amiibo treatment

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo plans a new series of commemorative amiibo figurines featuring the adventuring, ocarina-playing, baton-swishing Hylian hero, Link.

Releasing Dec. 2 — just in time for the holidays! — the figurines include 8-bit NES Link from the original game, as well as a version from the 64-bit epic Ocarina of Time and a new version of Toon Link wielding the titular baton from the GameCube’s Wind Waker, along with a regal rendition of Princess Zelda from that title.

I suppose I’m bound by nostalgia’s nefarious nod to pick up the 8-bit Link, although I resisted the similarly … ugly Mario that accompanied last fall’s Mario Maker release (which, by the way, is getting a new life on Nintendo 3DS with a port due out in December as well). But that Ocarina Link and Wind Waker Zelda are just too gorgeous to pass up, no ifs, ands or buts about it.

Hey, Nintendo, you’re full of surprises — and there’s still plenty of time to step up to the plate and give the recently 30-year-old Metroid a similar treatment (unless you want to keep getting shown up by Arby’s, of course).

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