E3 2014 is rapidly approaching, and the scuttlebutt is that a new entry in the Zelda series will be unveiled at the show, so before Zelda-mania hits a fever pitch, let’s take a look back at the original The Legend of Zelda.
Shigeru Miyamoto may be most known for Mario today, but Zelda is his most personal series. Here are a few things you might not know about the game that would invent the action-adventure genre and spawn the most acclaimed video game franchise of all time…
The sense of wonder and discovery Miyamoto experienced on his childhood adventures formed the spiritual basis of The Legend of Zelda. If Miyamoto’s parents had been just a little more worried about his daily whereabouts (or had owned a TV) there’s a good chance we wouldn’t have Link’s many adventures.
Well, in Japan the game was called The Hyrule Fantasy, with Legend of Zelda being the subtitle. The Hyrule Fantasy makes a lot more sense, doesn’t it? The game is about exploring the world of Hyrule more than it’s about Zelda, Link or any one character. Ultimately though, perhaps because it had a slightly more mysterious, enticing quality, The Legend of Zelda was chosen as the title in North America, and eventually phased out The Hyrule Fantasy in Japan as well.