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Zelda DVDs Officially Announced

The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated SeriesThe on-again off-again DVD release of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show is back on again as TVShowsOnDVD has word that the thirteen episodes of The Legend of Zelda that originally ran on Fridays have been officially announced and will reach stores on October 18, 2005.  The MSRP of $30 will snag you the DVD set which also includes several of the Captain Lou Albano live-action segments from the original program.  No word on the corresponding Super Mario episodes at this time.  After reading the press release it seems that the DVD's distributor, Shout! Factory, had planned to release the discs when The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess hit stores, but since the game has been delayed until next year, Shout! seems to have decided to just toss these discs to stores and be done with it.

Bonus features include two games, a downloadable character sketch gallery, selected original live-action segments from "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" and more. The DVD release reinforces the continued popularity of Zelda properties and adds to the buzz of Nintendo's upcoming new Zelda game release, The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Technically eight months from now is still considered "upcoming", so I suppose the press release is still accurate, but it really seems that Shout! thought they had a chance to ride Nintendo's wave of publicity and public attention here. Better luck when Super Mario 128 is finished, Shout! Factory.