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Although video games are a young medium, they already have in their history works that transcend time and that can easily have a whole chapter for everything they have achieved in the industry. Today, it is a holiday for gaming as The Legend of Zelda, one of the most iconic franchises, turns 35 and has started the festivities for that reason.
February 21, 1986, the birth of The Legend of Zelda
On February 21, 1986, Nintendo’s Family Computer Disk System saw the arrival of a new title with a proposal for adventure and fantasy in a small world, at that time it seemed enormous, to be explored: The Legend of Zelda. Under the direction and design of Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, along with the music of Koji Kondo, this game developed and took shape alongside Super Mario Bros. with the aim of offering something different, something that was not linear and that lead players to think about where to go and use their wits to figure out what to do.
While Super Mario Bros. was linear and limited to time, The Legend of Zelda offered freedom without the player having any direct reference on the path and actions to follow, so it was necessary to appeal to an adventurous instinct to break through in Hyrule. The idea came from Miyamoto’s mind with the concept of the “miniature garden”, which amounted to a world in the hands of a player who could visit and experience in their own way.
The Legend of Zelda surprised and delighted an entire generation of gamers
As a concept, The Legend of Zelda referred to the foundations with which Nintendo was building its video game business, putting the player at the center through Link, a protagonist who could fulfill the role of hero but with a sufficiently discreet profile to that the user felt it as an extension of himself and that he was the one who lived this adventure in a fantasy world.
As the launch title for Nintendo’s Family Computer Disk System, The Legend of Zelda marked a whole generation of players who initially questioned the proposal for being something different, but who in the end gave in to the charm of this small world within the reach of console. The success of The Legend of Zelda in Japan motivated Nintendo to launch it in the United States in 1988 with that golden cartridge for the NES that became one of the most treasured objects by players.
35 years after the debut of The Legend of Zelda in Japan, the world today pays tribute to the successful Nintendo franchises and social media has witnessed the story that has been told throughout all these years. Hence, with the hashtag # Zelda35th, fans are sharing memories and their passion for one of the most important IPs in the video game industry.
Because The Legend of Zelda franchise turns 35 today. pic.twitter.com/VGK034hw8A
– Why is it Trend? (@porkestendencia) February 21, 2021
Thus, officially the celebrations for the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda are started within the framework of the success of Switch, the great performance in the market of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and with a great anticipation for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and excitement for the return of Zelda: Skyward Sword in an HD version and with renewed controls for Switch.
What are your favorite installments of The Legend of Zelda?
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