It doesn’t feel like it and its hard to believe but Zelda has been with us for 30 years now.
On February 21, 30 years ago, the gaming world changed forever. This marked the day that the Legend of Zelda was launched as part of the NES Famicom console in Japan. Even though the impact of this legendary game was not immediately apparent, it was destined to become one of the most successful gaming franchises, and an important part of our culture too. With its 30th birthday, an incredible video has emerged that keenly explores the past three decades of the popular video game.
The 90-second footage shows how the first release of the Legend of Zelda, the original game that started it all and provided the platform for many Zelda games that were to follow. This was the game that introduced every key element of Zelda, which are still present in the series. Until now, the structures of the games are still the same, even though it was a 2D game back then while the current game are in an upgraded 3D version.
When The Adventure of Link was introduced, the sequel took a different direction with one of the most popular characters of the game, Link trying to save Princess Zelda. This game largely emphasized on combat and marked the introduction of RPG-like mechanics that would let Link upgrade his abilities to even casting spells.
The series later expanded to a new hardware and introduced the concept the parallel worlds, which went on to become the trademark of the series. This involved two realms (one light and one dark) interchanging back and forth in attempting to defeat Ganon. After seven years, the game introduced the first portable game of the series and changed its original location, Hyrule.
The series later introduced the games on CD-ROM and included an added power to the animated-cut scenes. When the Ocarina of Time landed, it marked the beginning of Zelda’s 3D experience. Many of the Zelda games were structured to give gamers a huge world to explore. You cannot afford not to watch this timeline series.