The Nintendo Zelda-themed Game & Watch handheld console was my favorite thing from E3

Four Zelda games in a beautiful pocket-sized green and gold handheld makes this a must for fans

Game & Watch The Legend of Zelda edition
(Image credit: Nintendo)

After a look at the origin story, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD, Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Legend of Zelda series casually reached into his top pocket and revealed a green and gold Game & Watch handheld console.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original Legend of Zelda game, this special Game & Watch system features the original 1986 game, as well as Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, the GameBoy version of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and a special version of the Game & Watch title, Vermin, staring Link as the playable character.

The watch functionality also includes a playable clock based on The Legend of Zelda, and an interactive time themed around Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

The last Game & Watch device was released for Mario’s 35th anniversary, so it’s nice to see the same tradition being offered for Zelda. I just hope the same honor is given to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games in a few years’ time. Game & Watch The Legend of Zelda is due out on November 12 priced $49.99 (£36/AU$65).

As a final sign-off, Nintendo showed new footage from the long-awaited sequel to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, now due to release in 2022.

Mat Gallagher
Mat Gallagher

As T3's Managing Editor in the US, Mat is a true lover of gadgets, but especially anything that involves cameras, cars, music or travel. Originally from the UK, he has written about technology since 2003 and is now based in Chicago.