Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Legend of Zelda

well, let's talk about a classic of classics.
I frequently see younger people whose childhood was marked by Ocarina of Time, but lots of people doesn't know the revolutionary origins of this wonderful series, in 1986:



Shigeru Miyamoto's inspiration for Zelda is an interesting story... With The Legend of Zelda, Miyamoto wanted to take the idea of a game "world" even further, giving players a "miniature garden that they can put inside their drawer." He drew his inspiration from his experiences as a boy around Kyoto, where he explored nearby fields, woods, and caves, and through the Zelda titles he always tries to impart to players some of the sense of exploration and limitless wonder he felt. "When I was a child," he said, "I went hiking and found a lake. It was quite a surprise for me to stumble upon it. When I traveled around the country without a map, trying to find my way, stumbling on amazing things as I went, I realized how it felt to go on an adventure like this." The memory of being lost amid the maze of sliding doors in his family's home in Sonobe was recreated in Zelda's labyrinth dungeons.

And so, we have the fantastic ambientation, adventure feeling and open world the Zelda games have today!

35 comments:

  1. Ah this game brings me back! Games nowadays just dont feel the same

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  2. Now that takes me back, love the NES, played Zelda a few times on it though it was my friend that had the game so never played it as much as I wanted to!

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  3. Oh. God. YES! Love the Zelda series... One of the best game series ever made. Ever!

    Always hated how people called Link, Zelda -.-

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  4. Cool origin story. It's always interesting to me to see the path to the end result of something. It also makes me wonder if dude ever played TES series, wanting to play an open world and all.

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  5. You know I never knew the origin. This game brings back a lot of memories.

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  6. Did you know that Nintendo released the "Timeline" of the Zelda games? As in, which ones happened first, next, last, etc...

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  7. The love I have for this franchise

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  8. First Zelda game I played, only it was on computer since i didn't own a nes.

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  9. this was the best Zelda game in my opinion!

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  10. Loved A Link to the Past. Nice blog btw!

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  11. this game literally consumed my childhood.

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  12. Zelda is one of my favorite games ever. Good post.

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  13. That is pretty crazy how his adventures as a kid eventually made him one of the top game devs ever. Makes me want to go play Zelda right now.

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  14. Classic of classics is right! Great post.

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  15. i have never played a zelda game in my lfe, lol

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  16. Zelda is awesome I wish it was on pc though

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  17. Yeah, this is where it all started, a bit slower from the N64 ones but still classic.

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  18. Awesome Post! I love Zelda almost to much! Ive already been through skyward sword twice!

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  19. Ah Zelda, been a long time my friend. Great blog, now following!

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  20. What Doom said, completely nostalgic!

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  21. Soooooooooo long ago. Love it.

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  22. I love going outside and exploring! Glad it inspired Zelda! I like that game too!

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  23. Oh God
    I remember how i played Zelda all day.
    Awesome Post.

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  24. Brings back so many memories...

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  25. Epic game.

    Im just sad for all new generations, them wont know this game ...

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  26. It's really cool to hear the inspiration behind the game. Thanks for sharing.

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