The Legend of Zelda turns 30 today


The Triforce is strong with this one…

30 years ago today, The Legend of Zelda was released in Japan for the Nintendo Famicom and later came out in North America for the NES in August. This was the game that kickstarted one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises and made a significant impact on the gaming industry as a whole.


Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, who also gave us gaming’s most recognizable icon, Mario, he wanted to make a game that focused on non-linearity and making the player think about where to go next. If you go back and play the game now with fresh eyes, you may find that it is nearly impossible to complete without a guide as it tells you literally nothing past the title screen. Even though I’m a big Zelda fan, I still have yet to beat this monster.

Of course, being the first game in the series also means that the franchise is currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary, and what better way to party than with two new Zelda games? The HD remaster of Twilight Princess comes out in a matter of weeks on March 4th and the (still) untitled Wii U game is set to launch sometime this year (safe to bet it’ll be November).


Whether you’ve been with The Legend of Zelda since the beginning or much recently, you have every reason to celebrate this joyous occasion! Tell us your favorite Zelda game or memory in the comments below!

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l love to play games and write stuff about them. I can't play something and not tell anyone how I feel about it. Call it a sickness, because it is.