Back in the 1980s, Nintendo employees Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka began the creation of a new game. The game was meant to be the grandest adventure ever seen. The game would be about a boy who would embark on a great journey.
Along the way, the boy would mature into a man. He would face ruthless enemies, climb tall mountains, traverse barren deserts, and endure the weight of the world on his very shoulders. Miyamoto took a great deal of inspiration from his own childhood. As a young boy, Miyamoto would often go exploring in the forests and caves surrounding his hometown. Little did Miyamoto know, he wasn’t just telling a story, he was crafting a legend.
The Legend of Zelda and it’s princess, Zelda, got its name from the novelist, Scott Fitzgerald. Miyamoto heard that Fitzgerald’s wife’s name was Zelda. Miyamoto found the name to be pleasant and beautiful. Therefore, the beautiful princess was named Zelda. Miyamoto named the young hero Link. Link would never speak in any title in the series. He is meant to be a “ link” between the player and the world in the game. Therefore, he was named Link.
In the original Legend of Zelda, Hyrule has been invaded by an evil army, led by Ganon. Ganon is in search of the Triforce, a mystical power created by the Gods. Fearing what Ganon may do with the Triforce, Princess Zelda shattered one portion of the Triforce, the Triforce of Wisdom into eight shards. Zelda also sent her attendant, Impa, away to find a hero who would be able to defeat Ganon. Discovering this, Ganon imprisoned Zelda in his lair on Death Mountain. Ganon also sent his minions after Impa. Eventually, Ganon’s minions had Impa cornered. All seemed lost, but suddenly Impa was saved by a courageous boy named Link. Impa explained the situation to Link and he immediately set out on a quest to save Zelda.
The original Legend of Zelda was truly revolutionary. It was the first game that could truly save the game via the game cartridge. It was also the first game ever to have an inventory system.
The gameplay in the Legend of Zelda is an overhead 2D adventure. The controls are very simple. Future games in the series may make this game feel a bit stiff but it’s still fun. The 8-bit design is fun to look at, even though it can get a little old. The music was composed by Koji Kondo and introduced the theme for the franchise. The theme would be in every Zelda title to date. Though simple by today’s standards, the music is catchy and really awesome.
The original Legend of Zelda is timeless and fun. It was a great first entry in the series. This game began building the series foundation that would go sky high.
Final Score: 4.5/5