Nintendo has been celebrating quite a few anniversaries as of late. Last year saw Super Mario‘s 35th anniversary, while this year sees the 25th anniversary of Pokemon, the 40th anniversary of Donkey Kong, and the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. And while Nintendo Switch fans got to experience Breath of the Wild right out of the gate on the console’s release date, a remake of Link’s Awakening has been the only other main series Zelda game to release on the Switch.
It’s worth mentioning that the original Zelda, Zelda 2, and A Link to the Past are all available on the system via Nintendo Switch Online, but fans have been clamoring for any information on the previously announced sequel to Breath of the Wild lately. However, it seems that Nintendo has filed a trademark which may point to a new The Legend of Zelda game coming to the Switch sooner than fans previously thought.
Although Zelda fans everywhere are eager as ever to get their hands on a Breath of the Wild sequel, Nintendo has mysteriously filed a new trademark for “Phantom Hourglass” in Australia, of course, most likely referencing The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Now, many fans are theorizing that the Nintendo DS game may come to the Nintendo Switch in the form of a collection of remastered Zelda games similar to last year’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
The discovery was originally made by Twitter user KeliosFR, who has been known to tease insider Nintendo information in the past. This also follows a trademark that was filed for “Ocarina of Time” back in August of last year, which originally spawned the idea of a remastered Zelda collection. Fans got to experience remasters of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, as well as remasters of The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess on the Wii U a few years ago, but now many fans hope that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be remastered as well. Out of all the Zelda games out there, it does seem interesting that Phantom Hourglass would be chosen for an anniversary collection, and it is unknown why the trademark would be filed seemingly only in Australia.
Of course, the new trademark only reads “Phantom Hourglass,” so it is highly possible that this is simply in reference to the game’s title appearing somewhere, but the class under which the trademark was filed specifically includes “electronic game programs; downloadable electronic game programs, video game programs,” and more. One possibility fans have noted is that Phantom Hourglass could come to the Switch as part of Nintendo Switch Online, should the service add Nintendo DS games to its collection.
While some of Phantom Hourglass‘ core mechanics relied on the Nintendo DS touch screen, a Switch remaster could function similarly to Super Mario Galaxy from Super Mario 3D All-Stars, using the Joy-Con as a pointer and the touch screen in handheld mode, as opposed to a stylus. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how Nintendo decides to celebrate the iconic franchise’s 35th anniversary this year.